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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


TheCoolCanadian said...


In the late 1970s, Ronnie's aunt, Princess Naldo (sister of Edith, Ronnie's mom), asked me some help to start a design studio at Edith's house (can't remember now, I think it was in BelAir). Ronnie was maybe 16 or 17 then and his older brother Christopher (called Topher) was into martial arts. I learned so much from the guy about Martial Arts for such a short time.

Ronnie was a quiet guy, the antithesis of his older brother. And I know his favorite chair in the house.

When he was reading a book, or studying, he loved to sit on the closed toilet bowl. He-he.

Several times, when I was going to use the bathroom, Ronnie would be sitting there, reading. He had to get up to let me pee first, then he would go back there again to continue his reading.

Rather weird and funny, but this is the most memorable thing I remember about the guy, apart from being very pleasant & quiet.

Looking back, I think it made sense that reading in the bathroom is quite good because it could give you the silence you need to concentrate more on what you're reading, especially during exam weeks.

Sorry, Ronnie. Can't help it. It was a unique way of studying, and you're the only guy I know who did that. Peace, man, if we see each other in San Diego, don't give me a Karate chop.


Unknown said...

Marami pa syang kulang sa movie. .yung PATAPON .MATINIK NA KALABAN. MANO MANO 3.LAGOT KASA KUYA KO.

Unknown said...

Lahat nang movie ni Ronnie ricketts. Pinapanood ku. .Kahit na ipinanganak ako 1988 maliit paku nung pero namulat ako sa action movie. .Parang yung ang kinalakiha. Ku sobrang ganda hindi mu pagsawaan panoorin


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