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Monday, November 30, 2009


"Merrill's Marauders" (1962)- Stars Jeff Chandler, Pancho Magalona, Luz Valdez, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Will Hutchins, Andre Duggan, Claude Akins/ Directed by Samuel Fuller

-->Set in World War II Burma, Merrill’s Marauders is the true story of the fighting 5307th Composite Unit led by Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill (Jeff Chandler) and manned by Stock (Ty Hardin),Chowhound (Will Hutchins), Kolowicz (Claude Akins), Taggy (Pancho Magalona) and other young dogfaces who after a few weeks of basic training had the fate of the world loaded on their backs. Their mission was to drive a fatal wedge between an enemy link-up.

The movie became the subject of controversy in 1962. The cause: Filipino star Pancho Magalona was billed way down below the cast, and his voice was dubbed in a voice, diction and accent not his. However, when the movie was released locally, Pancho's name was billed next to the lead star and even Luz Valdez's name who only had a brief non-speaking role in the movie was way up. I'm pretty sure that Pancho's voice in the dvd version was his. See the film clips below---

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Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1962

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Left- "Gilda" (1956)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Arenas, Rosa Mia, Maria Cristina, Eddie Garcia, Zeny Zabala/ Diected by Armando Garces

Right- "Pasan Ko ang Daigdig" (1987)- Stars Sharon Cuneta, Tonton Gutierrez, Mark Gil, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Mario Montenegra, Princess Punzalan & Loretta Marquez/ Directed by Lino Brocka

When Pasan Ko ang Daigdig (starring Sharon Cuneta as Lupe) was shown in 1987, many thought it was a remake of the 1956 movie, Gilda (starring Lolita Rodriguez in the title role). Both were written by prolific writer Pablo S. Gomez. Though it differed in many ways, the two novels use the basic rag-to-riches plot and the only striking similarity is that the daughter (Gilda or Lupe), living in abject poverty, carries her crippled mother (aling Andang- played by Maria Cristina or aling Metring- Loretta Marquez) on her back as they beg for alms. Gilda was serialized in Pilipino Komiks in 1955-56 while Pasan ko ang Daigdig appeared on the pages of Aliwan Komiks in the 80s.

Here's the first installment of the komiks novel of "Gilda" and the opening film clip of the movie, "Pasan..."

Pilipino Komiks/ 1955-56/
Nobela ni Pablo S. Gomez/
Guhit ni Nestor Redondo

Unang Labas
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Courtesy of Viva Films

Thursday, November 26, 2009


"Salome" (1981)- Stars Gina Alajar, Johnny Delgado and Dennis Roldan/ Directed by Laurice Guillen

My short tribute to honor the late actor Johnny Delgado, whom I considered as one of the finest actors in the movie industry, ends with Salome. Salome was one of the early successful collaboration efforts of husband-and-wife tandem of actor Johnny Delgado and director Laurice Guillen. It was hailed by critics and fans as one of the best movies of the decade. The movie went on to win the Urian Best Picture for that year including Best Director (Laurice Guillen); Best Actress (Gina Alajar); Best Editing (Efren Jarlego) and Best Screenplay (Ricky Lee). Johnny Delgado was nominated for both in the Famas and Urian Best Actor.

Salome is about the titular barrio girl (played with much versatility by a young Gina Alajar) who is married to a domineering man named Macario (Johnny Delgado). The film starts quite wonderfully with a pleasant montage of an early morning in a rural town, with roosters crowing, the bright sun glaring, and the waves steadily blanketing the glistening beach. Then comes Salome, dressed in white stained with red blood, running and screeching for help, finally saying that he has killed a man. The man (Dennis Roldan) is a mining engineer from
Manila who finds himself drawn to Salome. Guillen and her screenwriter Ricardo Lee basically unravels Salome's story through a series of flashbacks of the man's murder. Some have claimed that Salome is a Filipino version of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon and they are probably right as Guillen and Lee follows the same style. Yet while Kurosawa was interested in the multi-faceted aspect of truth, Guillen is more interested in the powerplay of the genders.
(Source: : Oggs Cruz (oggsmoggs@yahoo.com) and visit his site here)

Here's a short film clip of Delgado's riveting and forceful portrayal as the oppressive and dominant husband of Salome.

Courtesy of Bancom Audiovision

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"Mga Uod at Rosas" (1982)- Stars Nora Aunor, Lorna Tolentino and Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Romy Suzara

An ambitious painter, Ding (Johnny Delgado), dreams of conquering the art world with his creations. Socorro (Nora Aunor) is a woman whose world is built around Ding--- his needs, his desires and his art. But all his time and attention are for Nina (Lorna Tolentino), a stunning advertising model who loves his money.

Whom must Ding choose: the woman he loves or the woman who loves him?

The movie, from the story and screenplay by Edgardo Reyes, was directed by Romy Suzara

Delgado in another restrained yet powerful performance as seen in this short movie clip---

Courtesy of Ian Films

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The local entertainment industry has lost yet another of its veteran actors in Bernard Bonnin who passed away Saturday, Nov. 21. He was 71. Bonnin, whose death came two days after Johnny Delgado’s demise on Nov. 19, died of multiple organ failure due to diabetes. A week prior, Bonnin was confined due to a stroke.Concerns about the health of the former LVN star hit the headlines a few years back when he suffered a stroke that required him to use a wheel chair thereafter.

Bonnin, the half-Spanish father of beauty queen Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach and actor Richard Bonnin, catapulted to fame via the movie “Alyas Palos." The 1961 popular komiks serial of Virgilio and Nestor Redondo was serialized eight times with only Bonnin playing the lead character.
ABS-CBN remade “Palos” into a TV series in 2008 starring Jake Cuenca and with Bonnin in a support role.

Dubbed the “Pretty Boy of the 60s,” Bonnin starred in over 170 movies in a career that spanned four decades. Some of these films were Bakas ng Gagamba, Sa Ilalim ng Bandila, Magnum, Pedrong Hunyango, Target: Captain Karate, and his first film, Ay Pepita.

Bonnin has a son with former love team Lourdes Medel, and two more with non-showbiz wife, Digna, whom he was living with at the time of his death. The actor’s remains lie at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

More on Bernard Bonnin:
Bernard "Alyas Palos"Bonnin: Action Star of the 60s
Bernard Bonnin: The Original "Palos"
Bernard Bonnin As "Gagamba": The First Spiderman
Bernard Bonnin as Captain Karate
Gagamba at si Scorpio

Left- "Sparring Partner" (1959)- Stars Lou Salvador, Jr., Marita Zobel, Chona Sandoval, Bernard Bonnin, Oscar Obligacion, Lourdes Medel/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Right- "Unos sa Laot" (1960)- Stars Nestor de Villa, Charito Solis, Bernard Bonnin, Lourdes Medel/ Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

Left- "Walang Pangalan" (1960)- Stars Lilia Dizon, Bernard Bonnin, Lourdes Medel, Hector Reyes, Robert Campos/ Directed by Fred Daluz

Right- "Tanglaw sa Dilim" (1961)- Stars Marita Zobel, Bernard Bonnin, Luz Valdez, Robert Campos/ Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

"Patsamba-tsamba" (1964)- Stars Nida Blanca, Mina Aragon and Bernard Bonnin/ Directed by Nemesio E. Caravana

"Simbangis ng Tigre" (1964)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Bernard Bonninm Van de Leon, Carol Varga, Chichay, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Apeng Daldal/ Directed by Tony Cayado

"Pedrong Hunyango" (1965)- Stars Bernard Bonnin, Lourdes Medel, Vic Silayan, Rosalinda, Jose Vergara and Malony Antonio/ Directed by Tony Santos

"Karate sa Karate" (1965)- Stars Bernard Bonnin, Alberto Alonzo, Lyn D'Amour, Bessie Barredo and Vic Silayan/ Directed by George Rowe

"Duwende sa Kampanaryo" (1965)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Bernard Bonnin, Lauro Delgado, Jose Garcia/ Directed by Nemesio E. Caravana

Monday, November 23, 2009


A small plane carrying a large sum of money crashed right in the middle of a poor village. The tragic event resulted into a series of human conflicts as villagers and the authorities were in the hunt for the missing money. Three friends, Ponsoy (Tony Santos Sr.), Mesiong (Johnny Delgado) and Jamin (Ronnie Lazaro) were able to recover the money and decided to hide it until the tension cools off. Their families were all excited of the fortunes they got and at last their dreams and ambitions will soon be realized and fulfilled. But not for long--- greed creeps as Castro (Lito Anzures), a resident who happened to be on the crash site was suspicious of the three. He divulged the information to the corrupt mayor and both devised a wicked plan.

A very memorable and noteworthy performances by the whole cast led by Tony Santos Sr. and Johnny Delgado.

The movie won the Gawad Urian award for Best Cinematography (Rody Lacap) and Best Production Design (Rodell Cruz and Don Escudero).

Read: Ang Misteryo sa Likod ng Tuwa,
a movie review by Jojo DeVera

"Misteryo sa Tuwa" (1984)- Stars Tony Santos Sr., Johnny Delgado, Ronnie Lazaro, Alicia Alonzo, Lito Anzures, Amable Quiambao, Maia Montes/ Directed by Abbo Q. dela Cruz

The three friends were in a very precarious dilemma and tried to discuss their next move--- watch the exciting film clip

Courtesy of Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (ECP)

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Celebrity Magazine/ August 31, 1980
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It was actor Alfie Anido who led Dina Bonnevie into the movies. They met in a pictorial for a magazine which paired them off for a cover story. Alfie was already in the movies the. He was just taking time out from the set of Nympha, a Regal movie which reestablished Alma Moreno’s reign as the country’s top sex symbol, a title which, as per publicity, she is about to lose to Dina. After the pictorial, Alfie invited Dina to the set where Alma was in shooting. “I like Alma because I’ve always found her sexy. I’ve always wanted to see her in person,” Dina explains.

At the set, Alfie introduced Dina to (Director) Joey Gosiengfiao who was directing the movie. And what do you know, the man who is known only for discovering beauty in men (Orestes Ojeda, Al Tantay and Alfie Anido were is “discoveries”) was bowled over by Dina’s pulchritude. He gave her a screen test, showed Lily Monteverde (better known as Mother Lily) the results, and even Mother Lily had probably wished at that time that Dina was her daughter. From then on, Dina became another Joey Gosiengfiao protégée, just like Alfie.
(Source: Celebrity Magazine/ August 31, 1980)

Dina (b.1961) was already 18, when she starred as a young and innocent ‘provinciana’ in Katorse in 1980. This was her breakout movie after two successful movie stints in Temptation Island (1980)and Underage (1980).

Saturday, November 21, 2009


El Filibusterismo
was Rizal's second novel published in Ghent, Belgium in 1891 with the financial help of Valentin Ventura. It is a sequel to his first novel, Noli Me Tangere. It was adapted into the big screen in 1962 with National Artist for Film, Gerardo 'Gerry' de Leon at the helm.

Thirteen years after he left the Philippines, Juan Crisostomo Ibarra (the main character from Noli Me Tangere) returned as Simoun (played by Pancho Magalona), a rich jeweler sporting a beard and blue-tinted glasses, and a confidant of the Governor-General of the Philippines Captain-General. Abandoning his idealism, he becomes a cynical saboteur, the titular filibustero, seeking revenge against the Spanish Philippines system responsible for his misfortunes by plotting a revolution. Simoun insinuates himself into Manila high society and influences every decision of the Captain-General to mismanage the country’s affairs so that a revolution will break out. He cynically sides with the upper classes, encouraging them to commit abuses against the masses so that the latter would be encouraged to revolt against the oppressive Spanish colonial regime. This time, he does not attempt to fight the authorities through legal means, but through violent revolution using the masses. Simoun has reasons for instigating a revolution. First is to rescue María Clara from the convent and second, to get rid of ills and evils of Philippine society. His true identity is discovered by a now grown-up Basilio (Robert Arevalo) while visiting the grave of his mother, Sisa, as Simoun was digging near the grave site for his buried treasures. Simoun spares Basilio’s life and asks him to join in his planned revolution against the government, egging him on by bringing up the tragic misfortunes of the latter's family. Basilio declines the offer as he still hopes that the country’s condition will improve.

Basilio (played by Robert Arevalo) visiting the grave of his mother, Sisa.

Basilio, at this point, is a graduating student of medicine at the Ateneo de Manila University Ateneo Municipal de Manila. After the death of his mother, Sisa, and the disappearance of his younger brother, Crispín, Basilio heeded the advice of the dying boatman, Elías, and traveled to Manila to study. Basilio was adopted by Captain Tiago after María Clara entered the convent. With Captain Tiago’s help, Basilio was able to go to Colegio de San Juan de Letrán where, at first, he is frowned upon by his peers and teachers not only because of the color of his skin but also because of his shabby appearance which he also experience at Ateneo. Captain Tiago’s confessor, Father Irene is making Captain Tiago’s health worse by giving him opium even as Basilio tries hard to prevent Captain Tiago from smoking it. He and other students want to establish a Spanish language academy so that they can learn to speak and write Spanish language in the Philippines Spanish despite the opposition from the Dominican Order Dominican friars of the Universidad de Santo Tomas. With the help of a reluctant Father Irene as their mediator and Don Custodio’s decision, the academy is established; however they will only serve as caretakers of the school not as the teachers. Dejected and defeated, they hold a mock celebration at a pancitería while a spy for the friars witnesses the proceedings.

Simoun (played by Pancho Magalona) talking with one of the plotters about the planned uprising.

Simoun, for his part, keeps in close contact with the bandit group of Kabesang Tales, a former cabeza de barangay who suffered misfortunes at the hands of the friars. Once a farmer owning a prosperous sugarcane plantation and a cabeza de barangay (barangay head), he was forced to give everything to the greedy and unscrupulous Spanish friars. His son, Tano, who became a civil guard was captured by bandits; his daughter Julî had to work as a maid to get enough ransom money for his freedom; and his father, Tandang Selo, suffered a stroke and became mute. Before joining the bandits, Tales took Simoun’s revolver while Simoun was staying at his house for the night. As payment, Tales leaves a locket that once belonged to María Clara. To further strengthen the revolution, Simoun has Quiroga, a Chinese man hoping to be appointed consul to the Philippines, smuggle weapons into the country using Quiroga’s bazaar as a front. Simoun wishes to attack during a stage play with all of his enemies in attendance. He, however, abruptly aborts the attack when he learns from Basilio that María Clara had died earlier that day in the convent.

Juli (played by Charito Solis)- Juliana de Dios, the girlfriend of Basilio, and the youngest daughter of Kabesang Tales.

A few days after the mock celebration by the students, the people are agitated when disturbing posters are found displayed around the city. The authorities accuse the students present at the pancitería of agitation and disturbing peace and has them arrested. Basilio, although not present at the mock celebration, is also arrested. Captain Tiago dies after learning of the incident and as stated in his will—forged by Father Irene, all his possessions are given to the Church, leaving nothing for Basilio. Basilio is left in prison as the other students are released. A high official tries to intervene for the release of Basilio but the Captain-General, bearing grudges against the high official, coerces him to tender his resignation. Julî, Basilio’s girlfriend and the daughter of Kabesang Tales, tries to ask Father Camorra’s help upon the advice of an elder woman. Instead of helping Julî, however, Father Camorra tries to rape her as he has long-hidden desires for Julî. Julî, rather than submit to the will of the friar, jumps over the balcony to her death

Basilio is soon released with the help of Simoun. Basilio, now a changed man, and after hearing about Julî's suicide, finally joins Simoun’s revolution. Simoun then tells Basilio his plan at the wedding of Paulita Gómez and Juanito, Basilio’s hunch-backed classmate. His plan was to conceal an explosive inside a pomegranate-styled Kerosene lamp that Simoun will give to the newlyweds as a gift during the wedding reception. The reception will take place at the former home of the late Captain Tiago, which was now filled with explosives planted by Simoun. According to Simoun, the lamp will stay lighted for only 20 minutes before it flickers; if someone attempts to turn the wick, it will explode and kill everyone—important members of civil society and the Church hierarchy—inside the house. Basilio has a change of heart and attempts to warn the people inside, including Isagani, his friend and the former boyfriend of Paulita. Simoun leaves the reception early as planned and leaves a note behind.

Simoun examining the lamp that will start and ignite the revolution.

Initially thinking that it was simply a bad joke by those left behind, Father Salví recognizes the handwriting and confirms that it was indeed Ibarra’s. As people begin to panic, the lamp flickers. Father Irene tries to turn the wick up when Isagani, due to his undying love for Paulita, bursts in the room and throws the lamp into the river, sabotaging Simoun's plans. He escapes by diving into the river as guards chase after him. He later regrets his impulsive action because he had contradicted his own belief that he loved his nation more than Paulita and that the explosion and revolution could have fulfilled his ideals for Filipino society.

Simoun, now unmasked as the perpetrator of the attempted arson and failed revolution, becomes a fugitive. Wounded and exhausted after he was shot by the pursuing Guardia Civil soldiers, he seeks shelter at the home of Father Florentino, Isagani’s uncle, and comes under the care of Doctor Tiburcio de Espadaña, the husband of Doña Victorina, who was also hiding at the house. Simoun takes poison in order for him not to be captured alive by the authorities. Before he dies, he reveals his real identity to Father Florentino while they exchange thoughts about the failure of his revolution and why God forsook him. Father Florentino opines that God did not forsake him and that his plans were not for the greater good but for personal gain. Simoun, finally accepting Father Florentino’s explanation, squeezes his hand and dies. Father Florentino then takes Simoun’s remaining jewels and throws them into the sea, hoping that they would not be used by the greedy and that when the time came that it would be used for the greater good, when the nation would be finally deserving liberty for themselves, the sea would reveal the treasures
. (Source: wikipedia)

Friday, November 20, 2009


"One Man Army" (1969)- Stars Johnny Delgado, Pilar Pilapil, Paquito Diaz, Johnny Monteiro, Alvaro Muhlach and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ben Feleo/ Delgado's first starring role

Veteran actor Johnny Delgado (b.1948) passed away Thursday afternoon, November 19, after a long battle with lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. He died at his home in Quezon City with his wife, actress-filmmaker Laurice Guillen, daughters Anna and Ina, and his closest friends by his side. Delgado was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. Early this year, Delgado assured that he was responding well to chemotherapy. He underwent eight cycles of chemotherapy.

Delgado, Juan Marasigan Feleo in real life, was a noted actor and writer. He appeared in more than a hundred films starting in 1968 with Bawa't Kanto Basagulo and Ito ang Digmaan and was given his first starring role in
One Man Army in 1969. He was best remembered in many memorable and notable movies like Angela Markado (1979), Salome (1981), Mga Uod at Rosas (1982), Misteryo sa Tuwa (1984) and Tanging Yaman (2000). He was nominated several times in different award giving bodies. Among his acting awards were best supporting actor for Ligalig in 2006 and best actor for Tanging Yaman in 2000.

"Bawa't Kanto Basagulo" (1968)- Stars Zaldy Zshornack, Bernard Belleza, Johnny Delgado, Max ALvarado and Liza Lorena/ Directed by Rizaldy

"Ito ang Digmaan" (1968)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Roberto Gonzales, Magna Gonzales, Roberto Gonzales, Johnny Delgado, Cora Varona/ Directed by Solano Gaudite

"Mali-Mali Meets Batangueno" (1968)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Zaldy Zshornack, Liza Lorena, Johnny Delgado, Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ben Feleo

"Professional 4 and the Sexy 24" (1969)- Stars Johnny Delgado, Dante Varona, Alvaro Muhlach and Ernie White/ with Verna Gaston, Eva Marie, Gina Stuart, Jessette/ Directed by Ben Feleo

"Pussy Cat" (1969)- Stars Divina Valencia, Bernard Belleza, Johnny Delgado and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

"Santa Teresa de Avila" (1970)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez, Pepito Rodriguez, Johnny Delgado and ALvaro Muhlach/ with Imelda Ilanan, Eva Darren & Tita Munoz/ Directed by Ben Feleo

"The Stripteaser"(1970)- Stars Rosanna Marquez, Johnny Delgado, Mel Francisco, Rico Roman/ Directed by Chito Tapawan

"The Young Idols" (1970)- Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Reycard Duet, Johnny Delgado, Rosanna Ortiz, Alvaro Muhlach, Ernie White/ Directed by Ben Feleo

Left- "Europe Here We Come" (1971)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez and Anna-Lissa/ with Dindo Fernando, Johnny Delgado, Alvaro Muhlach

Right- "Portrait of an Angel" (1971)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Ric Rodrigo and Anna-Lissa/ with Johnny Delgado, Renato Robles & Norma Blancaflor/ Directed by Fely Crisostomo

"Madonna" (1971)- Stars Rosanna Ortiz, Johnny Delgado, Eddie Garcia, Jessica/ Directed by Jose Flores Sibal

Left- "Super Gee" (1973)- Stars Nora Aunor, Celia Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia, Paraluman, Fred Montilla, Bert Leroy, Jr., Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Armando Garces

Right- "Mrs. Teresa Abad...Ako si Bing" (1976)- Stars Charito Solis, Christopher de Leon, Tony Santos Sr., Anita Linda and Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Danilo Cabreira

Left- "Bergado:Terror ng Cavite" (1976)- Stars Ramon Revilla, Sr., Lotis Key, Marissa Delgado, Johnny Delgado, Max Alvarado, Nick Romano, Charlie Davao/ Directed by Jose Yandoc

Right- "Garrote: Jai-Alai King" (1977)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Dranreb, Marianne dela Riva and Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Manuel Cinco

Left- "Angela Markado" (1979)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Johnny Delgado, Rez Cortez, Ruel Vernal, Tonio Gutierrez, Dave Brodett, Celia Rodriguez & Raul Aragon/ Directed by Lino Brocka

Right- "Brutal" (1980)- Stars Amy Austria, Gina ALjar, Charo Santos, Jay Ilagan, Johnny Delgado, Perla Bautista, Jonee Gamboa, Nello Nayo/ Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya

"Kakaba-Kaba Ka Ba?" (1980)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Charo Santos, Jay Ilagan, Sandy Andolong, Johnny Delgado, Boboy Garovillo & Armida Siguon-Reyna/ Directed by Mike de Leon

"Mga Uod at Rosas" (1982)- Stars Nora Aunor, Lorna Tolentino and Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Left- "Salome" (1981)- Stars Gina Alajar, Johnny Delgado and Dennis Roldan/ Directed by Laurice Guillen

Right- "Misteryo sa Tuwa" (1984)- Stars Tony Santos, Sr., Johnny Delgado, Ronnie Lazaro, Alicia Alonzo, Lito Anzures, Amable Quiambao, Maria Montes/ Directed by Abbo Q. dela Cruz

"Huwag Kang Papatay" (1984)- Stars Ace Vergel, Rio Locsin, Johnny Delgado, Angela Perez/ Directed by Pepe Marcos

"Somewhere" (1984)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino, Johnny Delgado, Armida Siguon-Reyna and Leroy Salvador / Directed by Romy Suzara


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