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Saturday, March 31, 2012


"Anghel sa Lupa"
Premiere Productions

Release Date: May 13- 23, 1948/ Dalisay
Direction Ramon A. Estella
Cast Anita Linda, Reynaldo Dante, Cresing Aligada, Lopito, Tolindoy, Engracio Ibarra, Jose Luz Bernardo, Lily Miraflor, Leonor Reyes, Dely Atay-Atayan

Friday, March 30, 2012


"Batang Lansangan" 
Milagrosa Pictures, Inc.

Release Date: April 3- 11, 1948/ Dalisay
R.L. Brillantes

Photography Jesus Nepomuceno
S.S. Suarez

In charge of Production Atty. Pascual C. GarciaDirection Jorge de Santos
Cast Ricardo Brillantes, Mona Lisa, Fernando Royo, Pacita del Rio/ Also Starring Vicente Ocampo, Jose Luz Bernardo, Isa Rinio, Ric Bustamante, Ben Cosca, Juanito Guinto, Tony Cruz, Francisco Carel and the Mga Batang Lansangan

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Philippine Pictures, Inc.
Release Date: October 28- November 6, 1949/ Life
Juan C. Laya
Miguel Anzures
Direction Fermin Barva
Cast Leopoldo Salcedo, Lirio del Valle, Nela Alvarez, Baby Jane, Ruben Navarro, Rosa Aguirre, Miguel Anzures, Gregorio Ticman, Tolindoy, Oscar Obligacion

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


"Maliit Lamang ang Daigdig"
Premiere Productions

Release Date: December 10- 19, 1948/ Dalisay
Direction Consuelo P. Osorio
Cast Jose Padilla, Jr. and Ester Magalona

Sunday, March 25, 2012


How Carmen Rosales became a movie star is a story often told in showbiz circles. In 1939, Carmen Rosales applied for an acting job at LVN Productions and was rather summarily turned down. The studio’s verdict: “No profile.”But Excelsior Productions took her in and, under the tutelage of director Tor Villano, she was given a big break in the musical extravaganza entitled Arimunding-Munding (1939)—and not too long thereafter became the rave of the local entertainment world.

Sampaguita Productions’ top honcho Pedro Vera took notice of the overwhelming popularity of the instant star and cast her opposite handsome Rogelio de la Rosa (the leading matinee idol of the day) in the film outfit’s big musical production entitled Takipsilim (1939). The film proved to be what they call in the trades as a “box-office smasheroo.” At the time, little did anyone know that what would turn out to be one of the most durable love teams in the annals of Philippine cinema had just been launched.

The Carmen Rosales-Rogelio de la Rosa screen tandem proved to be such a potent combination at the takilya that in slightly more than two years’ time until the war intervened, this famous love team was reunited in six other Sampaguita releases which went under titles like Senorita (1940), Lambingan (1940), Diwa ng Awit (1940), Colegiala (1940), Panambitan (1941) and Tampuhan (1941). Indeed, so popular were those fluffy and romantic Carmen-Rogelio souffle with audiences of their time that two or three of these titles would easily make it in any oldtimer’s list of “Most Memorable Tagalog Movies Before The War.”

The Liberation period witnessed Carmen Rosales ’ movie career again skyrocketing to even greater heights, capped by the year 1948 which might as well be called her annus mirabilis when she was proclaimed as “Queen of Philippine Movies” in a popularity poll sponsored by a leading movie
magazine of that time.

The great majority of her film successes of this period she did for her old studio, Sampaguita Pictures, like Guerilyera (1946), Si. Si. Senorita (1947), Hele-Hele (Bago Quiere) (1947), Mameng, Iniibig Kita (1947), 24 na Pag-[big (1948), Hindi Kita Malimot (1948), Simpatika (1949), Kaaway ng Bayan (1949), Kamay ng Diyos (1949), among others. As a fitting capstone to her glory days, LVN Pictures—the film studio which rejected Carmen Rosales for having “No Profile” ten years earlier—in early 1949 offered her the then whooping amount of P40,000 to star opposite Rogelio de la Rosa in its big production of Kampanang Ginto, a romantic story of a prize novelist and a singer. That amount was reportedly the highest ever paid to a local female star for one picture up to that time. Carmen Rosales of course accepted the offer. Success could not have tasted sweeter.
(Source: A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia)

"Senorita" (1940)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: February 14-21, 1940/ GrandDirection Gregorio FernandezCast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Jaime Castellvi, Gregorio Fernandez, Miguel Anzures, Rita Rica, Roberto Rosales, Maria Roberto, Nardo Vercudia, Engracio Ibarra

"Diwa ng Awit" (1940)Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: September 4- 13, 1940/ GrandDirection Manuel Silos
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Precioso Palma, Bert Le Roy, Jose Cris Soto, Africa de la Rosa, Franco Garcia

"Colegiala" (1940)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: October 29- November 6, 1940/ GrandDirection Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Lota Delgado, Octavio Romero, Gregorio Fernandez, Preciosa Palma, Juanita Angeles, Engracio Ibarra, Nardo Vercudia

"Tampuhan" (1941)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: September 19- October 1, 1941/ DalisayDirection Lorenzo P. Tuells
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Pacita del Rio, Teddy Benavides, Rosa Aguirre, Engracio Ibarra, Amelita Sol, Paco Zamora, Pedro Cruz, Franco Garcia, Narciso Limson

Kampanang Ginto was a triumph for Carmen Rosales who was earlier refused a screen test at LVN. She became a star in Sampaguita Pictures where she had a feud with Rogelio de la Rosa. She refused to speak with him for many years, during which he had become an LVN star. She agreed to make this film for LVN with Rogelio de la Rosa for a fee that made her the highest paid movie actress at that time. She turned in a shining performance and went on to make other films with the actor. (Source: Dona Sisang Filipino Movies)

"Kampanang Ginto"
LVN Pictures

Release Date: January 21-30, 1949/ Dalisay & CenterDirection Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa

"Camelia" (1949)
LVN Pictures
Release Date: July 28- August 8, 1949/ LifeCast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa

"Maalaala Mo Kaya?" (1954)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: January 22- February 2, 1954/ CenterDirection Mar S. Torres
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Patria Plata, Precy Ortega, Rosa Mia, Dolphy, Tony Cayado, Jose de Villa, Horacio Morelos

"Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig" (1955)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: January 20- 29, 1955/ LifeDirection Mar S. Torres
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ with Norma Vales, Luis Gonzales, Rosa Mia, Horacio Morelos, Bert Olivar, Pablo Raymundo

"Iyung-Iyo" (1955)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: September 17- 26, 1955/ Life
Music Constancio C. de Guzman

Direction Jose de Villa
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ Introducing Eddie Arenas/ with Bella Flores, Eddie Garcia, Imelda Concepcion, Manolo Noble

"Lydia" (1956)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date: February 4- 13, 1956/ Life
Music Constancio C. de Guzman

Direction Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa/ Introducing Miss Number 1 and Mr. Number 1/ with Precy Ortega, Boy Planas, Jose de Villa

Carmen Rosales- Rogelio de la Rosa screen tandem:
1939- Takipsilim

1940- Señorita

1940- Lambingan
1940- Diwa ng Awit

1940- Colegiala

1941- Panambitan

1941- Tampuhan

1949- Kampanang Ginto
1949- Camelia

1954- Maalaala Mo Kaya

1955- Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig 1955- Iyung-Iyo
1956- Lydia

Saturday, March 24, 2012


"Bulaklak na Walang Pangalan"
Sampaguita Pictures

Release Date: October 31- November 6, 1948/ Dalisay
Direction Tor Villano
Cast Tita Duran, Pancho Magalona and Danilo Montes

Friday, March 23, 2012


Oriental Pictures

Release Date: November 30- December 12, 1946/ Dalisay
Prof. S.S. Suarez
Photography and Sound Santos Bros.
Direction I.S.A. (Directorial Supervision by Manuel Silos)
Cast Angel Esmeralda, Rebecca Gonzales, Pacita Del Rio, Jose Cris Soto, Patring (Monang) Carvajal

Thursday, March 22, 2012


 "Probinsiyana," Premiere Productions' first movie during the post-war era---

"The nugget that started the new Gold Rush for Carmen Rosales' renewed presence onscreen shortly after the war was a headliner of hers innocuously entitled Probinsiyana, Premiere Producions' initial venture, which ran for months at Dalisay Theater. In fact, so unprecedented was the success of Probinsiyana that the record it set at the box-office reported unbeaten for seven years, until Deegar Cinema's Now and Forever (1953), the movie that starred 1951 Miss Universe Armi Kuusela and real-life husband Virgilio Hilario came along." 
(source: A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia)

Premiere Productions, Inc.

Release Date: August 13- September 8, 1946/Dalisay
Direction Susana C. de GuzmanCast Carmen Rosales, Jose Padilla, Jr., Tony Arnaldo, Roberto Rosales/ Introducing Maria Luisa & Lilia Dizon/ with Jose Cris Soto, Pugak, Tugak, Sally, Bayani Casimiro

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


"So Long, America (I'll Be Seeing You, Everywhere)"
Sampaguita Pictures

Release Date: July 29- August 12, 1946/Dalisay
Direction Gerardo de Leon
Cast Fely Vallejo and Angel Esmeralda/ Introducing Johnnie Arville and Fred Montilla

Monday, March 19, 2012


Sampaguita Pictures' first movie after the war---

"Ulilang Watawat"
Sampaguita Pictures

Release Date: May 31- June 11, 1946/Dalisay
Story and Direction Octavio SilosCast Elsa Oria, Jose Padilla, Jr., Maria Cristina, Raul Villeza, Pedro faustino, Engracio Ibarra, Guilliermo Carls

Saturday, March 17, 2012

LUIS GONZALES, 83/ MOVIE ADS (1955- 1960)

Left- "Iginuhit ng Tadhana" (1965)- Stars Luis Gonzales, Gloria Romero, Rosa Mia, Tony Cayado, Ven Medina, Venchito Galvez, Jose Morelos/ with Vilma Santos, Chona and Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr./ Directed by Mar S. Torres, Jose de Villa & Conrado Conde

Right- "Pinagbuklod ng Langit" (1969)- Stars Luis Gonzales, Gloria Romero, Rosa Mia, Vilma Santos, Gina Alajar, Jonjie Aranda/ Directed by Eddie Garcia

The actor, best remembered for portraying the late President Ferdinand Marcos in two biopics released in the 1960s, passed away on Thursday night due to complications arising from pneumonia. He was 81.

Luis Gonzales, Luis Mercado in real life, acted in more than 100 movies, most of which were under Sampaguita Pictures and costarred with his favorite leading lady, Gloria Romero, in the 1950s.

He played Marcos in the political propaganda movie “Iginuhit ng Tadhana” in 1965 and in the drama film “Pinagbuklod ng Langit” in 1969.

Romero, who played First Lady Imelda Marcos to his Ferdinand, recalled that they could only start shooting in Malacañang after office hours at 6 p.m. and wind up at 6 a.m. the next day.

In spite of the unusual working hours, Gonzales would remain cheerful, Romero said. “He was a jolly fellow. He was always joking around and he loved dancing,” she told the Inquirer.

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos said Gonzales portrayed her father in her first movie “Trudis Liit” in 1963. Then a child star, Santos also played little Imee in the two Marcos movies.

“I was very young then and it was amusing to see and tour the Palace with him,” Santos said. “He really made a big mark in Philippine movies. I will be praying for the repose of his soul and for strength for his family, too.”

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos remembered Sampaguita producer Jose “Doc” Perez auditioning other actors, but in the end it was Luis’ voice that landed him the role. “In a nation of tenors, he and my dad were the only two baritones,” she said. “We were very fond of him and listening to him [on the set], I sometimes thought he was my father.”

Another Sampaguita star, Liberty Ilagan, described Gonzales as “a wonderful person … full of life and wit. There was never a dull moment with him. He will surely be missed.”

Actress Boots Anson-Roa, head of the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., related that her late father Oscar Moreno and other Sampaguita colleagues fondly called Gonzales palengke (market place) because “he was a live wire. He always sparked animated conversations.”

Sampaguita movie queen Amalia Fuentes added that palengke was also in reference to his surname Mercado, which is Spanish for market.

Roa and Fuentes made a movie with Gonzales, Elwood Perez’s “Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae,” in 1974.

Perez, then a newcomer, recalled watching the late actor on and off cam. “I was often starstruck on the set, but observing how Luis and Amalia switched on and off from their real selves (as old friends) to their screen characters (as husband-and-wife) made me ponder on my own role as director,” he said.
Great chemistry with wife

“He grew up in Tondo,” Fuentes said. “When we see each other, he’d holler, greeting me from far away.”

Gonzales married Vina Concepcion who belonged to one of the most prominent and wealthiest families in Pasig City.

The last time Fuentes, Perez and Gonzales worked together was in the 1997 film “Reputasyon.” “I’d often see him talking on the phone with his wife Vina,” Fuentes recounted. “He’d tell her what would happen on the set, while his wife would relate to him the Mills & Boon novels she read. They had great chemistry.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Gonzales was cremated on Friday. A three-day wake follows at the Santuario de San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati City. Interment is on Monday at 2 p.m.
By: Bayani San Diego Jr. Philippine Daily Inquirer

Left- "Despatsadora" (1955)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Rosa Mia/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Right- "Hootsy Kootsy" (1955)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Zeny Zabala/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

"Boksingera" (1956)- Stars Luis Gonzales, Dolphy and Susan Roces/ with Panchito Alba, Nelly Baylon, Pacita Arana, Precy Ortega, Priscilla Concepcion/ Directed by Octavio Silos

Left- "Pagdating ng Takip-Silim" (1956)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez, Tony Marzan/ Directed by Rosa Mia

Right- "Vacacionista" (1956)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Norma Vales/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Left- "Chabacano" (1956)- Stars Myrna Delgado, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Daisy Romualdez, Chicha, Zeny Zabala, Rod Navarro, Precy Ortega, Herminia Crranza, Horacio Morelos, Justina David/ Introducing Barbara Perez/ Directed by Octavio Silos

Right- "Timbando Cana" (1956)- Stars Lolita Rodiguez, Luis Gonzales, Norma Vales, Rosa Mia/ Directed by
Olive La Torre

"Taga sa Bato" (1957)- Stars Paraluman, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon and Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Conrado Conde

"Sino ang Maysala?" (1957)- Stars Rogelio de la Rosa, Gloria Romero, Paraluman, Ric Rodrigo, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Rosa Mia, Susan Roces and Romeo Vasquez/ Directed by Armando Garces

Left- "Pasang Krus" (1957)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Rosa Mia, Tony Marzan/ Directed by Octavio Silos

Right- "Ismol Bat Teribol" (1957)- Stars Luis Gonzales, Amalia Fuentes, Nelly Baylon, Romeo Vasquez, Tony Marzan, Boy Planas/ Directed by Jose de Villa

Left- "Colegiala" (1957)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez, Tony Marzan/ with Panchito Alba, Nori Dalisay, Meldy Corrales, Venchito Galvez, Manolo Noble, Pablo Guevarra, Aring Bautista, Marcela Garcia/ Directed by Tony Cayado

Right- "Isang Milyong Kasalanan" (1957)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

Left- "Alaalang Banal" (1958)- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Marlene Dauden, Carlos Salazar, Rosa Mia/ Directed by Armando Garces

Right- "Paruparong Bukid" (1958)
- Stars Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Daisy Romualdez, Eddie Garcia, Etang Discher, Boy Planas, Venchito Galvaez, Ely Roque, Luis Castro, Jaime Javier, Vic Guevarra, Lilibeth Perez/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Talipandas" (1958)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Carlos Salazar, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Pacita Arana, Ely Roque/ Directed by Conrado Conde

"Condenado" (1958)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Eddie Garcia/ with Martin Marfil, Totoy Torrente, Pablo Guevarra, Precy Ortega, Apolonio Rivera, Jr./ Guests- Paraluman, Jose de Villa/ Directed by Armando Garces

"Pitong Pagsisisi' (1959)- An All-Star Cast/ Directed by Armando Garces

Left- "Alipin ng Palad" (1959)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez , Luis Gonzales, Eddie Garcia, Tony Cayado, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Priscilla Valdez, Cesar Reyes, Leleng Isla, Naty Mallares, Aring Bautista, Lydia Correa, Marcela Garcia/ Directed by Octavio Silos

Right- "Cicatriz" (1959)- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez, Carlos Salazar, Greg Martin, Rosita Noble, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Venchito Galvez, Ven Medina/ Directed by Tony Cayado

"Double Cross" (1960)- Stars Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Carlos Salazar, Tony Marzan/ with Martin Marfil, Bella Flores, Charlie Davao, Naty Santiago, Pablo Ramundo, Justina David, Aring Bautista/ Directed by Conrado Conde

Left- "Ipagdarasal Kita" (1960)- Stars Ric Rodrigo, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Marlene Dauden, Rosa Mia, Zeny Zabala, Venchito Galvez, Nenita Navarro, Cesar Reyes/ Directed by Octavio Silos

Right- "Salamat Po, Doktor" (1960)
- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Daisy Romualdez, Carlos Salazar, Tony Marzan, Rosa Mia/ Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

"Ginang Hukom" (1960)- Stars Rosa Mia/ Directed by Ding M. de Jesus

Case No. 1: "Ama at Anak"- Stars Liberty Ilagan, Eddie Gutierrez and Lito Legaspi; Case No. 2: "Pinatay Ko ang Aking Ina" - Stars Luis Gonzales and Josephine Estrada (debut movie); Case No. 3: "Paglipas ng Dilim"- Stars Mario Montenegro and Rita Gomez; Case No. 4: "Gabing Walang Umaga"- Stars Lolita Rodriguez, Carlos Salazar, Tony Marzan; Case No. 5: "Darling, Paalam"- Stars Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez

"Lupa sa Lupa" (1960)- Stars Gloria Romero, Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Eddie Garcia, Bella Flores, Pablo Guevarra, Venchito Galvez, Matimtiman Cruz/ Directed by Mar S. Torres

Left- "7 Amores" (1960)- All Star Cast

Right- "Ang Inyong Lingkod, Gloria Romero" (1960)
- Stars Gloria Romero, Ric Rodrigo, Mario Montenegro, Luis Gonzales and Juancho Gutierrez/ Directed by Jose de Villa


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