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Sunday, May 30, 2010


LEA Productions' Cadena de Amor copped the prestigious Grand Rajah Soliman Award for Best Picture in the 1971 6th Manila Film Festival. However, it was SPI-VP Pictures' Guy and Pip that made the biggest impact during the 10-day festival emerging as top grosser besting 12 other entries. FPJ's Digmaan Ng Mga Angkan, pre-festival favorite came in close second.

Dindo Fernando and Pilar Pilapil were declared Best Actor and Best Actress for their fine performance in Premiere Productions' Ang Uliran...Imelda. Jose Padilla Jr. was awarded the Best Supporting Actor in Digmaan ng mga Angkan and Lourdes Medel, the Best Supporting Actress in Wonderful World of Music. Other winners were: Augusto Buenaventura (Best Director and Best Screenplay in Ang Uliran); Roderick Paulate (Best Child Actor in Kurikit); ; Felipe Sacdalan (Best Color Photography in Playpen);
Ben Barcelon (Best Editing in Playpen); Louise de Mesa (Best Story in Kapantay ay Langit); Best photography (Black and White/ Matilda); Best Sound (Ang Uliran); Best Music and Best Song (Kapantay ay Langit); Manuel Franco (Best Musical Scoring in Kapantay ay Langit); Demetrio de Santos (Best Sound Recording in Ang Uliran).

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

"Guy and Pip" (1971)- Stars Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, Ike Lozada, Inday Badiday, Maria Leonora Teresa, Romy Lapus, Ven Medina, Jose de Villa, Bobet Torres, Naty Mallares & Nympha Bonifacio/ Directed by German Moreno

Courtesy of SPI-VP Pictures
(You Tube film clip by Pinoymovies)

"Digmaan Ng Mga Angkan" (1971)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Joseph Estrada, Pilar Pilapil, Rosanna Ortiz, Leopoldo Salcedo, Jose Padilla, Jr./ Directed by Lino Brocka

"Ang Uliran...Imelda" (1971)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Boots Anson-Roa, Pilar Pilapil and Dindo Fernando/ Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

"Kapantay ay Langit" (1971)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden and Liza Lorena/ Directed by Luis Enriquez

Left- "The Prince And I" (1971)- Stars Sajid Khan, Maritess Revilla and Chiquito/ Directed by F.H. Constantino

Right- "The Superstar" (1971)- Stars George Estregan, ALona Alegre, Eddie Garcia and Ed Finlan & Amalia Braza (First Starring Role)/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Pulang Lupa" (1971)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Robin Aristorenas, Jing Abalos, Rex Lapid, Aldo Cruz and Virginia/ with Cesar Ramirez, Rocco Montalban, Rey Big Boy, Venchito Galvez & Joe Sison/ Directed by Junar

"The Wonderful of Music" (1971)- Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Malongat, Tweeny/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

"Kurikit" (1971)- Stars Miguelito Nepomuceno and Ricky Santiago/ with Efren Montes, Boy Mondragon, Roderick, Peachy, Pinky, Marco ANtonio, Diana Dean, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Eva Darren, Ben Perez/ Directed by Jose F. Sibal

"Siyam na Biyernes" (1971)- Marilou Ver, Dolly Fuentes, Gina Laforteza, Monica Locca, Lorelei, Jennifer, Jane Mamangon, Emmaruth and Marissa Delgado/ Directed by Nilo Saez

"Playpen" (1971)- Stars Bernard Bonnin, Paquito Diaz, Charlie Davao, Marissa Delgado, Judy Brown, Jennifer Gan, Pam Grier, Roberta Collin and Sofia Moran/ with Ramon D' Salva, Ruben Rustia, Andres Centenera, Johnny Long/ Directed by Gerry de Leon

"Matilda" (1971)- Stars Vicky Sandoval, Roldan Rodrigo, Angel Confiado, Dick Israel, Venchito Galvez, Tita de Villa, Ely Roque/ Directed by Deo Villegas

Thursday, May 27, 2010


A total of 14 entries participated in the 1970 5th Manila Film Festival with Dolphy's Tayo'y Mag-Up-Up and Away emerging as the top grosser.

Courtesy of RVQ Productions

Junar Productions' Dimasalang was adjudged the prestigious Grand Rajah Soliman Awards for Best Picture. Dante Rivero won the Best Actor award for the movie Wanted Perfect Mother and Rita Gomez, the Best Actress award in Bakit Ako Pa?. Other major awardees include Eddie Garcia- Best Director/ Crisis; Helen Thompson - Best Supporting Actress/Mga Batong Buhay; Mario Montenegro- Best Supporting Actor/The Hunted; Ricky Santiago- Best Child Star/Mga Batong Buhay.

The filmfest saw the entry of neophyte Lino Brocka into the Philippine movie mainstream with his first directorial assignment under Lea Productions' Wanted Perfect Mother. It introduced for the first time child sensation Snooky (Serna). Teen superstars Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos have their respective entries: Nora had two entries, Nora in Wonderland (with Manny de Leon) for Tower Productions and Young at Heart (with Tirso Cruz III) for Sampaguita Pictures, while Vilma with his lone entry, Love Letters with Edgar Mortiz for Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions. Capping the list were 4 action movies--- Tony Ferrer as Tony Falcon, Agent X-44 in Crisis, Zaldy Zshornack and Vic Vargas teamed up in Mga Batong Buhay, Rex Lapid in Shotgun Kid and Jun Aristorenas in Dimasalang; two comedy films, Up, Up and Away with Dolphy and Servillano Zapata with Chiquito, the Jukebox king Eddie Peregrina with his entry Your Love, bombshell Rossana Marquez in Modelong Ginto
and Eddie Rodriguez with another dramatic performance in Bakit Pa Ako?

"Dimasalang" (1970)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Robin Aristorenas, Cesar Ramirz, Van de Leon, Lauro Delgado and Rod Navarro/ with Merle Fernandez and Melissa Mendez/ Directed by Junar

"Wanted: Perfect Mother" (1970)- Stars Dante Rivero, Boots Anson-Roa and Liza Lorena/ with Caridad Sanchez, Mary Walter, Eang Discher, Edie Mercado, Gina ALajar, Ariosto Reyes, Jr., Arnold Gamboa and Introducing Snooky/ Directed by Lino Brocka
(For synopsis and film clips of the movie, click here)

"Tayo'y Mag-Up, Up and Away" (1970)- Stars Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Panchito, Ricky Belmonte and Pilar Pilapil/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Left- "Crisis" (1970)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Rosemarie Gil, Marissa Delgado, Alicja Basili and Joy Dee/ with Leopoldo Salcedo, Victor Bravo, Joe Sison, Jack Davis, Manolo Noble and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Eddie Garcia

Right- "The Hunted" (1970)- Stars Chario Solis, Fred Galang, Alan Matell and Mario Monte(negro)/ Directed by Cesar Amigo

"Bakit Ako Pa?" (1970)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Marlene Dauden and Rita Gomez/with Amado Cortez, Rosa Mia, Nello Nayo, Matimtiman Cruz/ Directed by Luis Enriquez

"Love Letters" (1970)- Stars Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Esperanza Fabon, Romy Mallari and Alona Alegre/with Baby de Jesus, Bobby Roldan & Victor Wood/ Directed by Abraham Cruz

"Nora in Wonderland" (1970)- Stars Nora Aunor, Manny de Leon, Ike Lozada, Bella Flores, Tessie Lagman/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

"Modelong Ginto" (1970)- Stars Rossana Marquez, Oscar Roncal, Stella Suarez, Robert Talabis/ Directed by Romy Espiritu

"Mga Batong Buhay" (1970)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Zaldy Zshornack, Vic Vargas, Helen Thompson and Eddie Garcia/ with Joe Sison, Nello Nayo, Ben Perez, Martin Marfil, Manolo Noble, Ponga; Ricky Santiago/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Servillano Zapata" (1970)- Stars Chiquito, Nancy Roman, Max Alvarado and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ with Pabo; Tintoy/ Directed by To-Chi-Qui

"The Young at Heart" (1970)- Stars Rosemarie and Ricky Belmonte/ Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III/ with German Moreno, Ike Lozada; Inday Badiday/Directed by Mar S. Torres

"Shotgun Kid" (1970)- Stars Rex Lapid, Paquito Diaz, Van de Leon, Victor Bravo, Rocco Montalban, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ with Gina Laforteza/ Directed by Leonardo L. Garcia

"Your Love" (1970)- Stars Eddie Peregrina, Lyn Salazar, Perla Adea, German Moreno, Raul Aragon, Millie Mercado, Rebecca Rocha and Ike Lozada/ Directed by Jose de Villa

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Did you know that action star Ramon Revilla, Sr., Jose Bautista in real life, served as a customs cop when he retired from the movies in the 60s? He was detailed with the Customs Police Secret Service Division at the time when he single-handedly averted a gun duel in what would be a bloody confrontation between two of his companions on the waterfront.

In 1972, Revilla made a successful movie comeback via Nardong Putik.

A movie-actor-turned-customs cop played a real life hero's role Tuesday when he averted an actual gun duel between two of his companions on the waterfront. Maj. Jose Bautista of the customs police secret service division, popularly known as Ramon Revilla appeared at the scene--- in front of Pier 9, South Harbor--- when the two would-be combatants, with guns drawn, had already sought cover behind crates piled at the area. Bautista disarmed one of them, Special Police Officer Luzvimindo Ilagan, before he could fire a shot. Ilagan subsequently received a nasty cut on the temple when he was pistol-whipped by Bautista from whom he tried to wrest his gun. Ilagan's quarry, it was gathered, was Lt. Genaro Organo of the port patrol division. Organo was Ilagan's detail commander at the time of the incident at 4:30 p.m.

Preliminary investigation conducted by Col. Hugo Bolono, chief of the CPS uniformed division, showed that an altercation between Organo and Ilagan preceded the near-gun duel. It seemed that Organo accosted Ilagan inside the inner fence at Pier 9 and asked him what he was doing in the area. Ilagan, who was supposed to be at the pilot landing in front of the CPS headquarters, allegedly resented Organo's question and told his superior officer to mind his own business. One word led to another and then Ilagan reportedly whipped out his gun, pointed it at Organo, and dealt a right cross on his superior's chin. Organo, the investigation showed, sought cover behind a pile of crates and also drew his own service pistol. The commotion attracted the attention of Bautista, who was then on board a jeep cruising in the area and he rushed to the scene.

Philippine Herald/
June 20, 1969

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Patria Adorada (Emar Pictures) and Ang Pulubi (Nepomuceno Productions) topped the 1969 Fourth Manila Film Festival. Patria Adorada copped the prestigious Grand Rajah Soliman Award for Best Picture and Ang Pulubi won six major awards--- Charito Solis (Best Actress), Fred Galang (Best Actor), Eva Darren (Best Supporting Actress), Miguelito Nepomuceno (Best Child Actor), Loreto Isleta (Best Color Cinematography), Rudy Montecajon (Best Editing). Other awardees --- Luis Enriquez (Best Director, Ikaw), Pepito Rodriguez (Best Supporting Actor, Stop Look Listen), Louise de Mesa (Best Story, Ikaw), Restie Umali (Best Musical Score, Bitter Sweet) and Max Rivera (Best Screenplay, Ikaw). Other details, click image below---

A total of 16 entries participated in the 10-day festival. Dolphy's Facifica Falayfay emerged as the top grosser.

"Patria Adorada" (1969)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Gloria Romero, Barbara Perez, Rebecca, Rosemarie Gil, Carina Afable, Mary Ann Murphy, Margie Tanquintic, Delia Dolor, Veronica Palileo, Mary Walter and Anita Linda/ with Eddie Garcia, Lauro Delgado, Johnny Monteiro, Zerna Manahan and Carlios Padilla, Jr./ Directed by Augusto Buenaventura

The Cast of "Ang Pulubi"- From left- Fred Galang, Charito Solis, Miguelito Nepomuceno and Eva Darren
(Photo courtesy of Pelikula atbp- James de la Rosa)

"Ang Pulubi" (1969)- Stars Charito Solis Fred Galang, Eva Darren and Introducing Miguelito Nepomuceno/ Directed by Luis Nepomuceno

"Facifica Falyfay" (1969)- Stars Dolphy, Pilar Pilapil, Panchito and Rod Navarro/ with Martin Marfil, Rocco Montalban, Joaquin Fajardo, Bino Garcia, Dely Atay-Atayan, Teroy de Guzman, Georgie Quizon,Metring David/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Based from the novel created by Mars Ravelo, here's a short clip of
Facifica Falayfay, one of Dolphy best gay films---

Courtesy of RVQ Productions

Left- "Adriana" (1969)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Dante Rivero and Luis Gonzales/ with Lourdes Medel, Mila Ocampo, Ramon D'Salva, Caridad Sanchez, Jose Padilla, Jr. and Boots Anson-Roa/ Directed by Armando de Guzman

Right- "Bitter Sweet" (1969)- Stars Rosemarie, Ricky Belmonte, Verna Gaston, Boy ALno,Matimtiman Cruz, Nenita Jana, Jose de Villa/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Left- "El Tigre" (1969)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Robin Aristorenas, Leopoldo Salcedo, Cesar Ramirez and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Junar

Right- "The Mad Killers" (1969)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Daisy Romualdez, Van de Leon, Johnny Monteiro, Lauro Delgado, Victor Bravo, Joe Sison and Max Alvardo / Directed by A. Gregorio

"Dugo ng Vampira" (1969)- Stars Gina Pareno, Edgar Salcedo, Myrna Delgado, Tito Galla and Charlie Davao/ with Bella Flores, Venchito Galvez, Ven Medina/ Directed by Emmanuel Borlaza

Left- "Ikaw" (1969)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Lolita Rodriguez and Marlene Dauden/ with Renato Robles, Alfonso Carvajal, Patricia Mijares, Rebecca Gonzales/ Directed by Luis Enriquez
Right- "Mu-Muu Fiesta" (1969)- Stars Eddie Mesa, Helen Gamboa, Jimmy Morato and Norma Ledesma/ with Jerry Pons, Joe de Castro and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ Directed by Pablo Santiago

"Parehas O' Laban!"" (1969)- Stars Joseph Estrada, Amalia Fuentes, Gloria Sevilla, Renato Robles, Mary Walter, Patria Plata, Venchito GalvezDencio Padilla, Jose Morelos, Avel Morado/ Directed by Cesar 'Chat' Gallardo

"Mr. Wong Strikes Again" (1969)- Stars Chiquito, Yvonne Rosetti, Liza Belmonte, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Vic Diaz, Joseph de Cordova/ Directed by To-Chi-Qui

Left- "Mighty Rock" (1969)- Stars Jing Abalos, Lourdes Medel, Lucita Soriano, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Nello Nayo, Patricia Mijares/ Directed by Nilo Saez

Right- "Palos Fights Back" (1969)- Stars Bernard Bonnin, Sofia Moran, Marion Douglas, Ben Perez, Alfonso Carvajal, Roldan Aquino/ Directed by Danny Zialcita

"Stop Look Listen" (1969)- Stars Bert Leroy Jr., Blanca Gomez, Pepito Rodriguez, Nova Villa, Jackie Belmonte and Jeanne Young/ with Boots Anson-Roa, Eddie Miller, ElizabethBankhead, German Moreno, Ike Lozada, Tirso Cruz III, Eddie Mercado/ Directed by Mitos Villareal

"Pussy Cat Strike Again" (1969)- Stars Divina Valencia, Bernard Belleza, Vince Lopez and Max Alvarado/ with Mila Montanez, Vic Pacia/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz


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