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Thursday, July 30, 2009


At last, Manuel Urbano, popularly known as Manuel Conde was proclaimed National Artist, a well-deserved and long overdue recognition on the prized icon of Philippine Cinema. I don't know about the other awardees, particularly Carlo Caparas for Visual Arts (???) and Film (???).

Manuel Conde was known for his Juan Tamad series. Did you know that sometime in 1961, he was supposed to do "Juan Tamad Goes to Malacañang" or "His Excellency Juan Tamad"? It would have been a wonderful sequel to "Juan Tamad Goes to Congress." But for unknown reason, the said movie project didn''t push thru. Here's the ads of the aborted project.

One of Condes's last movies was a Niño Muhlach starrer, "Juan Tamad Junior," released in 1980.

"Juan Tamad Junior" (1980)- Stars Nino Muhlach, Panchito, Babalu, Marissa Delgado, Dondon Nakar Techie Agbayani and Manuel Conde in a special participation/ Directed by Arsenio Bautista

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Big stars in Philippine cinema appeared in two great movies produced and released by Sampaguita Pictures. The movies, "Kamandag" (1959) and "Berdugo" (1960) had incredible cast headlined by Fred Montilla, Rita Gomez, Paraluman, Eddie Garcia, Van de Leon, Jose Padilla, Jr., Daisy Romualdez, Tony Marzan, Rosa Mia and Marlene Dauden, all respectable names in the movie industry. I wonder if both films are still available in the archives of Sampaguita.

"Kamandag" (1959)- Stars Jose Padilla, Jr., Fred Montilla, Van de Leon, Tony Marzan, Eddie Garcia, Paraluman, Rita Gomez, Marlene Dauden , Rosa Mia/ Directed by Ding de Jesus

"Berdugo" (1960)- Stars Ric Rodrigo, Van de Leon, Marlene Dauden, Daisy Romualdez, Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Conrado Conde

Monday, July 27, 2009


Ronnie Ricketts, a ramp model, entered the movie scene in the early 80s at the time when his girlfriend then was Maricel Soriano, who at that early stage was starting to blossom into a fine versatile actress. Ronnie was being built as the other love interest of Maricel, even doing a movie, I Love You, I Hate You, together with her and perennial partner Wiliam Martinez. The movie, which was being billed as "Today's most popular love team in the most controversial reel and real-life romantic triangle," was to stir up the purportedly love triangle of Maricel-William-Ronnie. However, such gimmick didn't click among fans and the moviegoing public.

Left- I Love You, I Hate You (1982)- Stars Maricel Soriano, William Martinez and Ronnie Ricketts/ Directed by Mel Chionglo

Right- John & marsha '86 (1986)- Stars Dolphy, Nida Blanca, maricel Soriano, Ronnie Ricketts, Rolly Quizon, Dely Atay-Atayan, Matutina, Madel de Leon and Panchito/ Directed by Apollo Arellano

For a time, Ronnie’s career was in limbo.

With his muscular built and physique, he went into a massive martial arts training and body-building. He reinvented himself and resurfaced in the latter part of the 80s as a young action star. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Jr. offered him a good role in Imus Productions’ Sparrow Unit, which propelled his career and eventually earned him the first FAMAS Best Supporting Actor nomination in 1987. He then appeared in a string of action movies--- Target Maganto, Alex Boncayao Brigade, Gapos Gang, among others. Slowly but surely, he made a name for himself. He was also nominated twice in the FAMAS Best Actor award in 1990 for Tatak ng isang Api and 1991 for Isa-isahin ko Kayo. He also produce and direct (as Ronn-Rick) as well as star in his own movies.

I remember him best in Chito S. Rono's Ikaw Lang (1993) with Vilma Santos and Ilaban Mo, Bayan Ko!: The Obet Pagdanganan Story (1997) with the late senator Raul S. Roco in a very special role as Ninoy Aquino.

(image from GMA7)

Ronnie is happily married to Mariz. Both have two lovely daughters.

Left- Target... Maganto (1988)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Charlie Davao, Monica Herrera, Paquito Diaz, Romy Diaz, Nick Romano/ Directed by Leonardo Garcia

Right- Tumayo Ka't Lumaban (1988)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Dang Cecilio, Jean Saburit, Lola Rodriguez and Michael de Mesa/ Directed by Nilo Saez

Left- Kumakasa Kahit Nag-iisa (1988)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Nadia Montenegro, Roland Dantes and Robin Padilla/ with George Estregan, Ruel Vernal, Philip Gamboa, Dick Israel/ Directed by Nilo Saez

Right- UZI Brothers (1989)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Sonny Parsons/ Directed by Francis 'Jun' Posadas

Left- Tatak ng Isang Api (1989)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Eddie Garcia, Efren Reyes, Jr., Jaclyn Jose, Aurora Sevilla/ Directed by Augusto Salvador

Right- Alex Boncayao Brigade (1989)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Mia Prats, George Estregan, Jr., Marco Polo and Richard Bonnin/ Directed by Joey del Rosario

Left- Black Sheep Baby (1989)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Tony Ferrer, Monica Herrera, Myrna Castillo, Maureen Mauricio/ with Cahrlie Davao, Romy Diaz, Nick Romano, Zandro Zamora/ Directed by Leonardo Garcia

Right- Gapos gang (1989)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Paquito Diaz, Vivian Foz, Leni Santos, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, George Estregan, Jr./ Introducing dan Fernandez/ Directed by Mike Relon Makiling

Left- Kakampi Ko Ang Diyos(1990)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Eddie Fernandez, Ronaldo Valdez, Gino Antonio, George Estregan, Jr. and Roi Vinzon/ with Mariz, Nanette Medved, Maureen Mauricio / Directed by Manuel 'Fyke' Cinco

Right- Aguila at Guerrero (1992)- Stars Zaldy Zshornack and Ronnie Ricketts/ with Robert Arevalo, Charmaine Arnaiz, Lito Legaspi, Ali Sotto, Bomber Moran/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Left- Boy Recto (1992)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Aiko Melendez, Bembol Roco, Michael de Mesa, Fortunato 'Atoy' Co and Jess Lapid, Jr./ Directed by Jett C. Espiritu

Right- Ikaw Lang (1993)- Stars Vilma Santos, Ronnie Ricketts and Cesar Montano/ with Dencio Padilla, Zeny Zabala, Vangie Labalan/ Directed by Chito S. Rono

Left- Maglulupa Man Ako (1994)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Mark Gil, Lito Legaspi ALi Sotto, Iza Jones, Toni Daya / Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Right- Mano-Mano (1995)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts and Beth Tamayo/ Directed by Ronn-Rick

Left- Matira ang Matibay (1996)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Cynthia Khan, Anthony Alonzo, Philip Ko, Dinky Doo, Jr. / Directed by Philip Ko, Teddy Chua and Artemio Marquez

Right- Madaling Mamatay, Mahirap Mabuhay (1996)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Mariz, Dindi Gallardo, Michelle Parton, Mark Gil, Ricardo Cepeda, Edgar Mande & German Moreno/ Directed by Ronn-Rick

Left- Huwag Mong Isuko ang Laban (1996)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts and Vina Morales / Directed by Ronn-Rick

Right- Boy Buluran (1997)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Ina Raymundo, Jay Manalo, Mark Gil, Rolly Quizon, Edgar Mande, Renzo Cruz/ Directed by Ronn-Rick

Left- Ilaban Mo, Bayan Ko!: The Obet Pagdanganan Story (1997)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Joel Torre, Elizabeth Oropesa, Dennis Roldan, Lara Melissa de Leon, Ronnie Lazaro and Sen. Raul Roco as Ninoy Aquino / Directed by Carlo Caparas

Right- Kahit sa Bala Kakapit Ako! (1997)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Gladys Reyes, Princess Punzalan, Daniel Fernando, Juan Rodrigo and Derek Dee/ Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Left- Wala Ka Nang Puwang sa Mundo (1998)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Chuck Perez and Giselle Toengi / Directed by Ronn-Rick

Right- Mano-Mano II: Ubusan ng Lakas (2001)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts, Mariz, Rommel Montano, Klaudia Koronel, Dick Israel, Rez Cortez, Dinky Doo, Jr./ Directed by Ronn-Rick

Dayo (2003)- Stars Ronnie Ricketts and Regine Tolentino/ Directed by Ronn-Rick

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Did you know that in 1999, actor-comedian Willie Revillame appeared in a movie in a solo lead role? The movie was Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang Probinsyanong Wais. "Talagang astig at wais"--- Where is he now, after 10 years?

"Alyas Boy Tigas" (1999)- Stars Willie Revillame, Criselda Volks and Via Veloso/ Directed by Tony Reyes

Today, Revillame was the highest-paid showbiz personality reportedly (according to YES! magazine) earning one million pesos (Philippine peso) a day from his lucrative contract with ABS-CBN and endorsement deals. He hosts a top-rating noontime TV show, "Wowowee." Also, in 2008, he topped the YES! Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Personalities in Showbiz. Just recently, he launched his newest venture, a studio-mall complex called Wil Theater Mall--- a 10-storey building reportedly worth php 400 to 500 million.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Here's the souvenir program of the 1978 RP-Japan Pocket Billiards Friendship Tournament held at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, June 3-4, 1978. The Philippine team was composed then by Jose 'Amang' Parica, Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Rodolfo Luat, Jorge Dacer and Manuel Flores.

That's the young Efren 'Bata' Reyes!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


One of the beautiful faces to grace Philippine cinema is Hilda Koronel. I remember her and she was great in Lino Brocka’s “Insiang” and Mike de
leon’s “Kung Magarap Ka’t Magising.” She has the rare combination of beauty, brain and talent that set her apart from other stars of her time.

Hilda (b. January 17, 1957), Susan Reid Moore in real life, was only 12 when she was introduced in 1969 in the movie “Leslie.” In 1970, she was launched to full stardom in “Haydee.” As a contract star of LEA Productions, she appeared in countless memorable movies. Despite her young age, she was cast in lead, young-adult roles in romantic dramas, among them, “Santiago” with FPJ, “Cadena de Amor,” “Now,” “Stardoom” and “Tubog sa Ginto.” She received her first FAMAS award for Best Supporting Actress in “Santiago,” the youngest to receive at 13.

Leslie (1969)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa and Liza Lorena/ with Chichay, Caridad Sanchez, Mary Walter/ Introducing Hilda Koronel/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

A TV drama anthology titled “Hilda” was launched in 1971, a corroborative effort of Director Lino Brocka and LEA Productions. It was conceived to build up and hone the natural talent of LEA’s prized contract star, Hilda, who had then just turned 14. The show turned out to be a big money earner for the station (KBS-Channel 9) and would last for nearly 5 years. “Lino taught me everything about acting, how to be and look seductive, through mere eye movement,” Hilda confided. (From the book: Lino Brocka/His Life and Times/ 1993)

As soon as her contract with LEA expired, Hilda’s career went to a more brighter paths and greater heights and with Brocka as her mentor and in her side, they would teamed up with some important movie projects that would eventually become classic masterpieces, movies like "Tinimbang Ka Nguni't Kulang," "Maynila, sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag," "Insiang," "Angela Markado," "PX."

Haydee (1970)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Ed Finlan, Eddie Garcia, Ike Lozada, Chichay, Caridad Sanchez and Hilda Koronel in her first title role/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

Happy Hippie Holiday (1970)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Ed Finlan, Jay Ilagan, Mildred Ortega and Ike Lozada/ with Chichay, Carida Sanchez/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Santiago (1970)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Boots Anson-Roa, Dante Rivero, Hilda Koronel/ with Jay Ilagan, Caridad Sanchez, Mildred Ortega, Mary Walter, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Santiago (1970)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Boots Anson-Roa, Dante Rivero, Hilda Koronel/ with Jay Ilagan, Caridad Sanchez, Mildred Ortega, Mary Walter, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Now! (1971)- Stars Tirso Cruz III and Hilda Koronel/ with Eddie Garcia, Tita Munoz and Chichay/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- Ang Gangster at ang Birhen (1971)- Stars Dante Rivero and Hilda Koronel/ with Alicia Alonzo, Matimtiman Cruz, Boy Alano and Edwin O'Hara/ Directed by Celso Ad. Castillo

Crush Ko si Sir (1971)- Stars Dante Rivero, Hilda Koronel and Jay Ilagan/ with Perla Bautista, Caridad Sanchez/ Introducing Walter Navarro/ Directed by Nestor U. Torre, Jr.

Cherry Blossoms (1971)- Stars Dante Rivero, Pilar Pilapil, Hilda Koronel and Nicholas Hammond/with Patricia Mijares, Mary Walter, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Cadena de Amor (1971)- Stars Rosemarie, Dante Rivero, Hilda Koronel/ with Mary Walter, Nello Nayo, Patricia Mijares and Arnold Gamboa/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Villa Miranda (1972)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa, Hilda Koronel, Walter Navarro, Lou Salvador, Jr./ with Alicia Alonzo, Jos Padilla, Jr., Pedro Faustino, Estrella Kuenzler, Angie Ferro/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- Stardoom (1972)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia, Walter Navarro and Hilda Koronel/ Introducing Lotis Key/ with Caridad Sanchez, Tita Munoz, Mary Walter, Ruben Rustia, Edwin O'Hara and Jimmy Morato/ Directed by Lino Brocka

"Till Death Do Us Part" (1972)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Vict0r Laurel, Eddie Garcia, Marissa Delgado, Raul Aragon/ Introducing Pinky de Leon/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Left- May Isang Brilyante (1973)- Stars Hilda Koronel and Walter Navarro/ with Marissa Delgado, Rod Navarro, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Nova Villa, Mary Walter, Jonee Gamboa/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Right- Tinimbang Ka Nguni't Kulang (1974)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia, Lilia Dizon, Hilda Koronel, Joseph Sytangco, Mario O'Hara, Laurice Guillen/ Introducing Christopher de Leon/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Tatlo Dalawa Isa (1975)- Stars Jay Ilagan and Perla Bautista/ Hilda Koronel and Anita Linda/ Lolita Rodriguez, Mario O'Hara & Mary Walter/ Three Episodes/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Lou salvador, Jr., Tommy Abuel and introducing Rafael Roco, Jr./ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Sakada (1976)- Stars Robert Arevalo, Hilda Koronel, Pancho Magalona, Rosa Rosal, Rafael Roco, Jr., Gloria Romero, Tony Santos, Sr., Joseph Sytangco, Alicia ALonzo/ Directed by Behn Cervantes

Right- Insiang (1976)- Stars Mona Lisa, Rez Cortez, Marlon Ramirez, Ruel Vernal and Hilda Koronel/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Kung Magarap Ka't Magising (1977)- Stars Christopher de Leon and Hilda Koronel/ with Laurice Guillen, Moody Diaz, Bibeth Orteza, Danny Javier, Boboy Garovillo/ Directed by Mike de Leon

Right- Hayop sa Hayop (1978)- Stars Bembol Roco, Hilda Koronel and Phillip Salvador/ with Paquito Diaz/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Left- Nakaw na Pag-ibig (1979)- Stars Nora Aunor, Hilda Koronel and Phillip Salvador/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- Sugat sa Ugat (1980)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel and Amy Austria/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal

Left- Angela Markado (1980)- Stars Johnny Delgado, Rez Cortez, Ruel Vernal, Tonio Gutierrez, Dave Brodett, Celia Rodriguez, Raul Aragon and Hilda Koronel/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- Kasal? (1980)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Hilda Koronel, Jay Ilagan, Chanda Romero, Gloria Romero, Johnny Wilson/ Directed by Laurice Guillen

PX (1982)- Stars Hilda Koronel and Phillip Salvador/ with Leonard Urso/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan? (1982)- Stars Vilma Santos, Hilda Koronel and Dindo Fernando/ with Suzanne Gonzales, Alvin Joseph Enriquez/ Directed by Danny Zialcita

Left- Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon (1983)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Dindo Fernando, Lorna Tolentino, Jay Ilagan, Anthony Castelo/ Introducing Maria Isabel Lopez/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Right- Palabra de Honor (1983)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Elizabeth Oropesa, Beth Bautista, Amy Austria, Jackie Lou Blanco & Gloria Diaz/ Dindo Fernando, Ronaldo Valdez, Tommy Abuel, Mark Gil and Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Danny Zialcita

Left- Working Girls (1984)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Rio Locsin, Chanda Romero, Carmi Martin, maria Isabel Lopez, Baby delgado and Gina Pareno/ Directed byIshmael Bernal

Right- Kasal? (1980)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Christopher de Leon, Amy Austria, Isabel Rivas, Michael de Mesa, Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero/ Directed by Laurice Guillen

Beloved (1985)- Stars Nora Aunor, Hilda Koronel, Christopher de Leon, Dindo Fernando/ Directed byLeroy Salvador


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