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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


"Karate, Samurai at Pg-ibig" (1968)- Stars Roberto Gonzalez, Rolando Gonzalez, Eddie Torrente, Manuel Camar, Gigi Emperial, Ernesto Almanza and Magna Gonzales/ Directed by Solano Gaudite

"Flame of the Samurai" (1969)- Stars Eddie Torrente, Rossana Marquez, Joaquin Fajardo, Steve Alcarado, Alex Flores, Leon Pajaron/ Introducing Chiqui Santos, Ernie Ortega, Eddie Gallegos/ Directed by Fernando Torrente

"Hari ng Samurai" (1969)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Eddie Garcia, Perla Bautista, Johnny Monteiro, Marissa Delgado, Victor Bravo, Arlene del Rio, Joe Sison/Special Participation of Jose Padilla, Jr., Rocco Montalban, Ruben Ramos, Joaquin Fajardo/ Directed by Leody M. Diaz

"Mga Kidlat Kung Lumaban (The Queens of the Samurai)"/ 1969- Stars Dante Varona, Rossana Ortiz, Marissa Delgado, Philip Gamboa, Lilian Ramos, Jesette Prospero, Johnny Monteiro, Rocco Montalban, Protacio Dee/ Directed by Hector Molina

"The Samurai Fighters" (1969)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Robin Aristorenas, Max ALvarado, Nort Nepomuceno, Eddie Torrente, Randy Pimentel, Ben Bernal, Rudy Gamboa, ALdo Cruz and Tony Villar/ Directed by Junar

"Samurai Master" (1969)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Imelda Ilanan, Robin Aristorenas, Lori Hunter, Gina Stuart, Jimmy Javier, Larry SIlva, Joaquin Fajardo, Aldo Cruz And Danny Rojo/ Directed by Junar
"The Magic Samurai" (1969)- Stars Roberto Gonzales, Johnny Monteiro, Dencio Padilla, Joaquin Fajardo, Rocco Montalban, Rudy Dominguez, Greg lansang, Jun Santos, Lope Policarpio, Ernie Ortega/ Directed by Leody M. Diaz

Monday, June 27, 2011


Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers have been adapted into local screen countless times--- "Tres Muskiteros" (1951); "Tres Muskiteras" (1954); "Tres Mosqueteros" (1960); "3 Musketeras" (1964) and " Si Ako at ang Tres Moskiteros" (1982).

"Tres Muskiteros" (1951)- Stars Oscar Moreno, Fred Montilla, Cesar Ramirez, Tessie Quintana, Norma Vales Myrna Delgado, Carmencita Abad, Van de Leon/ Directed by Nardo Vercudia

"Tres Muskiteras" (1954)- Stars Cesar Ramirez, Myrna Delgado, Norma Vales, Ric Rodrigo, Aruray, Bayani, Precy Ortega/ Directed by Nardo Vercudia

"Tres Mosqueteros" (1960)- Stars Pancho Magalona, Pugo, Lopito, Bentot, Eddie Rodriguez, Lita Gutierrez, Luz valdez, Liza Moreno, Jose Vergara/ with Alfonso Carvajal, Naty Bernardo, Kulas Kaltas, Tony Dantes, Miguel Lopez, Miniong Alvarez/ Directed by Tony Santos

"3 Musketeras" (1964)- Stars Amalia Fuentes, Liza Moreno, Maggie dela Riva and Bernard Bonnin/ with Johnny Monteiro, Lauro Delgado, Joe Arce, Testie Sandel, Fred Oaram/ Directed by Tony Cayado

"Si Ako at ang Tres Moskiteros" (1982)- Stars Tito, Vic & Joey and Maria Teresa Carlson/ with Nova Villa, Romy Diaz, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Don Pepot, Balot, Robert Rivera, Freddie Poe, Amay Bisaya, Richie d' Horsie/ Directed by Bobby Santiago

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Efren Reyes Sr. started it all and Fernando Poe, Jr. popularized it.

Efren Reyes Sr., according to his son, Efren Jr. pioneered the so-call Pinoy Western in Philippine movies, when his father did Bandido in 1950. His colleagues then were reluctant and were not sold to the idea of doing the said movie because they saw it unrealistic as there were no cowboys in this country. The movie later turned out to be a big box-office hit that started the western genre in Philippine cinema.

It was Fernando Poe Jr. who popularized the genre in 1960 when he starred in Markado. He followed this up with a series of films--- Rancho Grande, Tatlong Baraha, Dakilang 9, Baril sa Baril, Pasong Diablo, Hari sa Barilan, Bilis ng Kamay, Angkan ng Matatapang, Baril na Ginto, San Bernardo, Baril sa Aking Kamay, Hanggang May Buhay, among others. However, he was best remembered as the fast-drawing gunslinger named “Daniel Barrion."

The 60s was the peak decade for Pinoy western--- other action stars followed the trend--- Jess Lapid, Sr. made numerous western movies during his brief stint at the top and was popular among his fans as "Kardong Kidlat" and "Leon Guerrero", Jun Aristorenas also made a name as “Tigre”, Tony Ferrer as "Markong Bagsik," and many more.

An article by Uro dela Cruz on Pinoy western---

…Then, one of the new matinee idols got out of urban Manila and rode on a horse into a mythical Filipino landscape — the Filipino Western. All conflicts became classic conflicts, the fight between good and evil, freedom against bondage. Those problems we understood. We had also grown up with Francisco V. Coching’s timeless komiks world of the lone warrior and seeing one come to life on the silver screen was sheer magic.
The cinematic Pinoy cowboy was Fernando Poe Jr. as Daniel Barrion. Immediately we became his fans, even if he himself took his sweet time to establish, in a series of films, the distinctive persona that became a legend: soft-spoken, unassuming, clear-headed in the face of all kinds of adversity and always willing to sacrifice his own safety to save someone else’s life. It was this FPJ that at least two generations of Pinoys growing up from the 1960s to the 80s would admire: the hero who would never start a fight or be provoked into one, and who would even allow himself to be ground to the ground, to the point where the audience would already be begging, please fight back. And that would be the only time that he would.

"Bandido" (1950)- Stars Efren Reyes, Virginia Montes, Enrico Pimentel, Fred Santos/ Directed by Ramon Estella

"Markado" (1960)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Lyn D'Amour, Rocky Rogers, Rosanna Recto, Mario Barri, Patricia Mijares, Joe Sison, Elvira Reyes/ with Vicente Liwanag, Martin Marfil, Bert Olivar/ Directed by Mario Barri

"Ubos-Lakas!" (1961)- Stars Jose Padilla'Jr., Gloria Sevilla, Edita Clomera and Rodolfo Garcia/ with Oscar Roncal, Lina Carino, Ramon D'Salva, Nello nayo, Bert Olivar, Vicente Liwanag, Ponga, Luis San Juan, Henry Duval/ Directed by Felix Villar

"Lalaban Kami" (1961)- Stars Pugo, Bentot, Mila Ocampo, Johnny Reyes, Caridad Sanchez, Miguel Lopez, Pabo Zapata, Gerry Gabaldon/ Directed by Tino Garcia

"Kambal na Baril" (1962)- Stars Romeo vasquez, Bernard Bonnin, Max Alvarado, Jess Lapid, Rosario Del Pilar, Arnold Mendoza and Lilia Dizon & Cecilia Lopez/ Directed by Alex M. Sunga

"Barilan sa Baboy- Kural" (1962)- Stars Dolphy & Panchito, Jose Mari, Jean Lopez, Katy dela Cruz, Wing Duo, Chichay/ with Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Lucien Pan, Jaime Javier, Pamboy/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

"3 Desperados" (1963)- Stars Chiquito, Berting Labra, Jerry Pons, Edita Clomera, Vic Andaya, Tony Blade, Bert Martinez/ Directed by Sol Gaudite

"Daniel Barrion" (1964)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Johnny Monteiro, Lito Anzures, Bert Olivar, Nello nayo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla, Jay Ilagan, Victor Bravo, Avel Morado, Vic Varrion, Larry Silva and Paquito Diaz/ Featuring Nova Villa/ Directed by Efren Reyes

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

"Kardong Kidlat" (1964)- Stars Jess Lapid, Max Alvarado, Mila Montanez, Bert Olivar, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Ezar Visenio, Bruno Punzalan, Nort Nepomuceno, Greg Lansang and Rod Navarro/ Introducing Divina Valencia/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Dugong Tigre" (1964)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Eddie Garcia, Max Alvarado, Victor Bravo, Rocco Montalban, Gina Laforteza, Rosario Del Pilar and Tony Ferrer/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Hari sa Lahat" (1964)- Stars Paquito Diaz and Joe de Castro/ with Yolanda Guevarra, Ollie de la Pena, Jose Vergara, Vicente Liwanag, Vince Juarez, Paquito Salcedo, Miguel Lopez/ Directed by Pablo Santiago

"Markong Bagsik" (1964)- Stars Tony Ferrer, Divina Valencia, Eddie Garcia, Max Alvarado, Rod Navarro, Rosario Del Pilar, Bruno Punzalan, Ezar Visenio/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Tatlo sa Tatlo" (1965)- Stars Jess Lapid, Tony Ferrer, JunAristorenas, Eddie Garcia, Max Alvarado, Rod Navarro, Divina Valencia, Elena Razon, Natalia Crisandra/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Sa Baril Magtuos" (1965)- Stars Bob Soler, Henry Duval, Jerry Pons, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Carlos Salazar, Bert Olivar, Manolo Robles, Luis Florentino, Gabriel Paile & Boy Alvarez/ with Diane Balen, Norma Ledesma, Tres Rosas & Vilma Santos/ Directed by Ronald Remy

"Magkakapatid na Jesse at James" (1965)- Stars Nida Blanca, Chiquito, Val Castelo, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Elena Razon and Stella Suarez/ Directed by F.H. Constantino

"Darmo Solo" (1965)- Stars Paquito Diaz, Tito Galla, Vic Diaz, Jose Romulo, Joji Crespo, Arsenio Alonzo, Margie Tanquintic, Paquito Salcedo, Angel Buenaventura and Nemia Velasco/ Directed by J.M. Dagumboy

"Guns of Billy the Kid" (1967)- Stars Romano Castellvi, Imelda Ilanan, Fe Galvez, Rolly Aquino, Fred Santos, Jr., Val Magno, Jose Garcia, Lyn D' Arce, Ben Peralta, Angel Casaje, Carlos Diaz, Angel Confiado/ Directed by Luis San Juan

"7 Bullets for Gringo" (1967)- Stars Vic Vargas, Dindo Fernando, Juvy Cachola, Shirley Moreno, Maria Victoria, Rey Tomenes, Jose Morelos, Renato del Prado, Venchito Galvez, Jaime Javier, Willie Dado, Pablo Raymundo, Verna Gaston/ Directed by Marcelino Navarro

"Hangganan ng Matatapang" (1967)- Stars Efren Reyes, Perla Bautista, Van de Leon, Johnny Monteiro and Ronaldo Valdez/ Directed by Rey Amigo

"Da Best in Da West' (1967)- Stars Dolphy, Divina Valencia, Panchito, Rod Navarro, Dolphy, Jr., Bayani Casimiro, Georgie Quizon, Marissa Delgado, Gina Stuart/ Directed by Romy Villaflor

"The Son of Dyango Meets Dorango Kid" (1967)- Stars Bino garcia, Eli Salas, Renato del Prado, Apeng Daldal, Popoy, Anna Ledesma and Merle Fernandez/ Directed by Wilthor

"Durango" (1967)- Stars Max Alvarado, Anna Gonzales, Miriam Jurado, Marissa Delgado and Stella Suarez/ with Victor Bravo,Joe Sison, Vic Andaya, Rocco Montalban, Joaquin Fajardo & Nort Nepomuceno/ Directed by Leody Diaz

"Leon Guerrero: Laban sa 7 Kilabot" (1968)- Stars Jess lapid, Eddie garcia, Joe Sison, Martin Marfil, Abelardo Cortez, Rocco Montaban, Nort Nepomuceno and Johnny Monteiro/ with Sofia Moran, Maya Fuentes, Agnes Moran, Mona Morena & Cora Varona/ Directed by Cesar Gallardo

"Mekeni's Gold" (1969)- Stars Dolphy, Panchito, Rod Navarro, Verna gaston and Rossana Marquez/ with Teroy de Guzman, Ponga, Pugak, Jose Padilla, Jr., Ben Perez, Nello nayo, Bino Garcia & Menggay/ Directed by Luis San Juan

"Pagtutuos ng Dalawang Panginoon" (1969)- Stars Zaldy Zhornack, Vic Vargas, Shirley Gorospe, Daisy Romualdez, Johnny Monteiro, Jose Villafranca, Rocco Montalban, Ruben Ramos, Willie Dado/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


An unknown star in the person of Mila Montañez was given full stardom in 1966, via "Rosanna Vendetta." She was probably being built up in the mold of Celia Fuentes, the 50's Action Queen of Philippine Movies.

"Rosanna Vendetta" (1966)- Stars Willie Sotelo, Val Castelo, Aida Roxas, Martin Marfil and Mila Montañez in the title role/ with andy Garchitorena, Rolando Liwanag, Patria Plata, Bruno Punzalan, Ric Santos, Andring Asuncion, Seme Policarpio, Eleuterio del Castillo/ Introducing Tania/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz

Monday, June 20, 2011


"Dear Kuya Cesar" was a popular radio program hosted by Cesar Lacbu Nucum, popularly known as Kuya Cesar. He was best remembered for his slow and monotonous way of delivering lines, a signature style, loved and endeared by the listening public. A movie was made in 1968 with Eddie Rodriguez in the lead role.

"Dear Kuya Cesar" (1968)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Barbara Perez, Van de Leon, Yolanda Guevarra, Diana Dean, Lito Garcia, Jimmy Morato and Marlene Dauden/ with Vince Juarez, Viola Ortiz, Ricky Santiago, Jose Vergara, Miguel Lopez, Angel Confiado/ Directed by Lauro Pacheco

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Jose Rizal: A Biographical Sketch

Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines and pride of the Malayan race, was born on June 19, 1861, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child in a family of 11 children (2 boys and 9 girls). Both his parents were educated and belonged to distinguished families.

1. Buhay at Pag-ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal (1956)- Stars Eduardo del Mar, Edna Luna, Corazon Rivas, Aida Serna, Anita Linda, Ramon D' Salva, Rodolfo Ruiz/ Directed by Ramon A. Estella
2. Jose Rizal (1999)- Stars Cesar Montano/ Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya

His father, Francisco Mercado Rizal, an industrious farmer whom Rizal called "a model of fathers," came from Biñan, Laguna; while his mother, Teodora Alonzo y Quintos, a highly cultured and accomplished woman whom Rizal called "loving and prudent mother," was born in Meisic, Sta. Cruz, Manila. At the age of 3, he learned the alphabet from his mother; at 5, while learning to read and write, he already showed inclinations to be an artist. He astounded his family and relatives by his pencil drawings and sketches and by his moldings of clay. At the age 8, he wrote a Tagalog poem, "Sa Aking Mga Kabata," the theme of which revolves on the love of one’s language. In 1877, at the age of 16, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree with an average of "excellent" from the Ateneo Municipal de Manila. In the same year, he enrolled in Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas, while at the same time took courses leading to the degree of surveyor and expert assessor at the Ateneo. He finished the latter course on March 21, 1877 and passed the Surveyor’s examination on May 21, 1878; but because of his age, 17, he was not granted license to practice the profession until December 30, 1881. In 1878, he enrolled in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas but had to stop in his studies when he felt that the Filipino students were being discriminated upon by their Dominican tutors. On May 3, 1882, he sailed for Spain where he continued his studies at the Universidad Central de Madrid. On June 21, 1884, at the age of 23, he was conferred the degree of Licentiate in Medicine and on June 19,1885, at the age of 24, he finished his course in Philosophy and Letters with a grade of "excellent."

Having traveled extensively in Europe, America and Asia, he mastered 22 languages. These include Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Malayan, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tagalog, and other native dialects. A versatile genius, he was an architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, opthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian.
by Teofilo Montemayor

3. Sisa (1952)- Stars Anita Linda, Reynaldo Dante, Eddie del Mar, Eddie Infante, Ruben Rustia/ Directed by Gerardo de Leon

4. Noli Me Tangere (1961)- Stars Eduardo del Mar, Edita Vidal, Teody Belarmino, Johnny Monteiro, Oscar Keesee and Leopoldo Salcedo/ Directed by Gerardo de Leon

5. El Filibusterismo (1962)- Stars Pancho Magalona, Charito Solis, Edita Vital, Ben Perez, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Lourdes Medel, Robert Arevalo, Oscar Keesee/ Directed by Gerardo de Leon

5. Elias, Basilio at Sisa (1972)- Stars Jun Aristorenas, Robin Aristorenas, Virginia, Romy Diaz, Johnny Monteiro/ Directed by Junar

He was an expert swordsman and a good shot. In the hope of securing political and social reforms for his country and at the same time educate his countrymen, Rizal, the greatest apostle of Filipino nationalism, published, while in
Europe, several works with highly nationalistic and revolutionary tendencies. In March 1887, his daring book, NOLI ME TANGERE, a satirical novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy, was published in Berlin; in 1890 he reprinted in Paris, Morga’s SUCCESSOS DE LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS with his annotations to prove that the Filipinos had a civilization worthy to be proud of even long before the Spaniards set foot on Philippine soil; on September 18, 1891, EL FILIBUSTERISMO, his second novel and a sequel to the NOLI and more revolutionary and tragic than the latter, was printed in Ghent. Because of his fearless exposures of the injustices committed by the civil and clerical officials, Rizal provoked the animosity of those in power. This led himself, his relatives and countrymen into trouble with the Spanish officials of the country. As a consequence, he and those who had contacts with him, were shadowed; the authorities were not only finding faults but even fabricating charges to pin him down. Thus, he was imprisoned in Fort Santiago from July 6, 1892 to July 15, 1892 on a charge that anti-friar pamphlets were found in the luggage of his sister Lucia who arrive with him from Hong Kong. While a political exile in Dapitan, he engaged in agriculture, fishing and business; he maintained and operated a hospital; he conducted classes- taught his pupils the English and Spanish languages, the arts.

5. Rizal sa Dapitan (1997)- Stars Albert Martinez, Amanda Page, Roy Alvarez, Jaime Fabregas, Candy Pangilinan, Tess Dumpit, Rustica Carpio/ Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz
6. Bayaning 3rd World (2000)- Stars Joel Torre, Ricky Davao, Cris Villanueva, Cherir Pie Picache, Rio Locsin, Lara Fabregas, Daria Ramirez, Joonee Gamboa, Ed Rocha/ Directed by Mike de Leon

The sciences, vocational courses including agriculture, surveying, sculpturing, and painting, as well as the art of self defense; he did some researches and collected specimens; he entered into correspondence with renowned men of letters and sciences abroad; and with the help of his pupils, he constructed water dam and a relief map of Mindanao - both considered remarkable engineering feats. His sincerity and friendliness won for him the trust and confidence of even those assigned to guard him; his good manners and warm personality were found irresistible by women of all races with whom he had personal contacts; his intelligence and humility gained for him the respect and admiration of prominent men of other nations; while his undaunted courage and determination to uplift the welfare of his people were feared by his enemies.

When the Philippine Revolution started on August 26, 1896, his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. They were able to enlist witnesses that linked him with the revolt and these were never allowed to be confronted by him. Thus, from November 3, 1986, to the date of his execution, he was again committed to Fort Santiago. In his prison cell, he wrote an untitled poem, now known as "Ultimo Adios" which is considered a masterpiece and a living document expressing not only the hero’s great love of country but also that of all Filipinos. After a mock trial, he was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association. In the cold morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, a man whose 35 years of life had been packed with varied activities which proved that the Filipino has capacity to equal if not excel even those who treat him as a slave, was shot at Bagumbayan Field.


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