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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I was inspired to post this entry on Carmen Rosales upon reading a lengthy article on the actress by Jose Mari Lee titled “The Magic of Carmen Rosales” on his blog. He unravel the mystery and magic of Carmen Rosales --- “she was such a consummated actress, a singer, a dancer, but most of all, she was a master of improvisation and mime, a rara avis in the Philippine movie industry.”
Did you know that in 1939 Carmen Rosales ( March 3, 1917- December 11, 1991) was turned down when she applied for an acting job at LVN Pictures? “No Profile” was the answer. But Excelsior Production took her in and was given a big break in the movie Arimunding-Munding (1939) under Tor Villano direction. She soon became the toast of the local entertainment world.
Still from Camelia (1949)-
Stars Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa
In 1949, LVN Pictures, the film outfit which rejected Rosales for having “No Profile” offered her a staggering Php 40,000 to star in a movie, Kampanang Ginto, a romantic story about a novelist and a singer. The amount was said to be the highest ever paid to a local female star for a single picture. Of course, she accepted the offer.
Still from Batalyon XIII (1949)-
Stars Carmen Rosales and Jaime de la Rosa
Rosales was already a big star in the pre-war era but her career further blossomed during the post-war period, from 1946 to 1949 where great majority of her film successes were made --- Guerilyera (1946), Kaaway ng Bayan (1946), Si, Si Señorita (1947), Mameng, Iniibig Kita (1947), Hindi Kita Malimot (1948), Simpatika (1949), Kampanang Ginto (1949), Kaaway ng Diyos (1949), Batalyon XIII (1949), among others.
Her screen tandem with then matinee idol Rogelio de la Rosa, is considered one of the greatest ‘love teams’ in the history of Philippine movies. They did more than a dozen movies starting with Takipsilim in 1939 to
She won her first and only acting trophy, the 1953 Famas Best Actress for the movie, Inspirasiyon.
Rosales’ star started to fade in the late 50s until her retirement in mid 60s when younger stars, like Susan Roces and Amalia Fuentes, started to rise. However, her name was still on top of the billing.
Carmen Rosales- Rogelio de la Rosa screen tandem:
1940- Diwa ng Awit
1949- Kampanang Ginto
1954- Maalaala Mo Kaya
1955- Ang Tangi Kong Pag-ibig
Did you know that Carmen Rosales was a guerrilla fighter during World War II? In a magazine article by Ceres Doyo, Rene Navales (eldest son of Carmen Rosales) claimed that “my mother‘s underground work took her to
A movie, titled Guerilyera was made in 1946. References: "Carmen Rosales: The Original Superstar" by Ceres Doyo/Sunday Inquirer/ February 16, 1992; A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia/2004
References: "Carmen Rosales: The Original Superstar" by Ceres Doyo/Sunday Inquirer/ February 16, 1992; A Movie Album Quizbook by Jessie B. Garcia/2004
and Danilo Montes/ Directed by Olive de la Torre
Lillian Leonardo/Written and Directed by Eddie Romero
Van de Leon, Katy de la Cruz/ Directed by Armando Garces
Rogelio de la Rosa,Norma Vales, Luis Gonzales,
Rosa Mia/ Directed by Mar S. Torres
Monday, April 28, 2008
Hagibis by FV Coching
Scanned from the original/
Francisco V. Coching's Hagibis, which was created in 1947, was one of the longest running komiks serial in Philippine comics history. Inspired by Kulafu of Francisco Reyes and Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Hagibis ran for 15 years in Liwayway magazine. It was followed by sequels: Anak ni Hagibis and Si Gat Sibasib. Hagibis proved to be so popular that it was made and adapted into a film with Fernando Poe, Sr, in the title role.http://www.alanguilan.com/museum/coching.html
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Lucy May Gritz was a chubby teenager with pretty German-Spanish mestiza features when she went to the Sampaguita studios in the late 40s to seek out her favorite movie stars. There someone spotted her and was impressed enough with her youthful charm to give her a screen test.
A few assignments as an extra later, she was borrowed from Sampaguita by one of the Silos brothers to appear in a Mila Del Sol-Teddy Benavidez picture called
The girl was located and presented to the Old Lady. Reluctant at first because she wanted to be faithful to Sampaguita, Lucy May later changed her mind and signed an LVN contract. Under the terms of the contract, she was to appear in three films for which she would be paid php300 per picture; then three more for each of which she would received php500. She did not finish that contract. Within a year after her discovery, she became leading lady to Rogelio de la Rosa in the film Prinsipe Amante. “I got php3,000,” she recalls. No matter. Three thousand pesos in 1950 was a lot of money to a young girl.
Doña Sisang had already decided that her new discovery couldn’t possibly keep her name: it sounded too foreign, and besides, was difficult to pronounce. Why not a Spanish-sounding name, wondered the Old Lady. The girl had appeared in one film as a character named Delia Razon. Doña Sisang thought that was a lovely name--- and very apt.
At about the time Delia Razon got launched on a movie career, a young man from Pagsanjan, Laguna, was trying to get a job as an artist in the set making department of LVN. His name was Roger Colin Macalalag and he had dark good looks and remarkable profile. He had come to
His first job was a commercial painter; the second, he hoped, would be an LVN artist. He was taken in as a movie extra instead. He would have remained an extra and a stuntman had not Manuel Conde, then already an independent producer, cast him as one of the swashbuckling brothers in Siete Infantes de Lara (1950).
Doña Sisang was viewing the rushes with Conde in the LVN projection room when, so an account of the incident by movie columnist Jose A. Quirino goes, she asked Conde, “Who is that dusky and handsome Infante?” Told the young man’s name, the Old Lady is said to have asked, “Why did I not hear of him before? That fellow is star material. What is happening to our talent scouts?” She promptly ordered that Macalalag be given choice roles. Not long afterwards, she also chose for him a screen name--- Mario Montenegro--- which he has since formally taken as his legal name.
Source: Dona Sisang Filipino Movies/ 1977
Their love team was a huge box-office draw and their movies a sure hits at the box office. The fans of Mario and Delia hoped not only for their idols to fall in love but also to get married.
But that was not to be. Mario fell in love and married another LVN star, Letty Alonzo. Delia, on the other hand, chose to marry Rely Reyes, who was not in anyway connected with showbiz.
They starred in 15 movies:
- Bohemyo (1951)
- Rodrigo de Villa (1952)
- Tatlong Labuyo (1953)
- Pusong May Lason (1953)
- Dose Pares (1954)
- Prinsepe Tiñoso (1954)
- Dambanang Putik (1954)
- Lapu-Lapu (1955)
- Banal o Makasalanan (1955)
- Ilaw sa Karimlan (1956)
- Among Tunay (1956)
- Higit sa Korona (1956)
- Top-Topo (1957)
- Balae (1958)
- Rebelde (1958)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Gloria Sevilla, Victor Sevilla, Bruno Punzalan, Flor Bien/
Produced and Directed by Manuel Conde
April 22 was Earth Day. It was designated by the United Nations for the whole world to try to save the Earth. Al Gore's prize-winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, tells about the climate crisis that threatens life on earth.
Did you know that 47 years ago the great Manuel Conde did a movie that deals on environmental problem? Yes, Conde saw that problem which we are facing right now. The movie, Molave (1961) was considered the first tagalog movie that focuses on the issue of forest denudation and the clamor for its preservation and conservation.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Lou Salvador Jr., known as The James Dean of the
He is survived by his second wife Carol and his children (including twins) with his ex-wife Guinevieve Poe, younger sister of FPJ. Nicknamed Jojo, Lou Jr. was one of the estimated 40 children of the original master showman Lou Salvador Sr. a.k.a. Van Ludor. Jojo was the eldest among three siblings by the same mother: Ding and Rosauro (Ross Rival, father of Maja Salvado), both deceased, and former actress Chona Sandoval (Consuelo Salvador). Jojo was the original Bad Boy (title of one of his starrers) of Philippine movies. He was among the contract stars of LVN Pictures which built him up as The James Dean of
I talked to Jojo last week on the phone and he told me he was dying,’ said Ramon Salvador, brother of Phillip Salvador. He said that his kidney had collapsed. My parting words to him were, “We will pray for you.”
Jojo was diagnosed to have lung cancer last year. His remains have been cremated.
Ricky Lo/ Philippine Star
More on Lou Salvador, Jr.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
No one can approximate the legendary Bruce Lee in terms of looks and fighting style other than our very own Pinoy Bruce Lee clone, Ramon 'The Dragon' Zamora.
Yari Naaaa!... (1971)- Stars Ramon Zamora, Balot, Tange and Jessica/ Directed by Ading Fernando
He starred as the durable komiks character Pedro Penduko in the 1973 Celso Ad Castillo fantasy film Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko. The resulting success of this film boosted
Zamora was especially popular for a string of locally-produced martial arts films that emerged following the international success of Bruce Lee. Patterning his film persona around a Bruce Lee-type with a comedic twist, Zamora starred in such films as Pig Boss (1973), The King Plaster (1973) Shadow of the Dragon (1973), , Game of Death (1974) and Return of the Dragon (1974).
Friday, April 18, 2008
Manuel Conde (born Manuel Urbano/ October 9, 1915- August 11, 1985) was a Filipino actor, writer, director and producer. He was taking up geological engineering and entering the movies was farthest from his mind. It was just accidental. He was a bit player, stuntman, laboratory assistant and a ventriloquist (a puppet named Kiko). He made his first film, Mahiwagang Biyolin in 1935 then later signed a contract for LVN Pictures, where he made almost three dozen films, both as an actor and director. As an actor, he used the screen name Juan Urbano during the 1930s. His first directorial assignment was Sawing Gantingpala in 1939. After the war, Conde directed Orasang Ginto in 1946, considered the "first post-war Filipino picture before and after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor."
Conde made his mark in 1950, with the landmark movie, Genghis Khan, believed to be the best screen adaptation of the legendary Mongol conqueror. He directed other big-budgeted adventure movies --- Seite Infantes de Lara (1950), Sigfredo (1950) and Krus na Kawayan (1956). He was also known for his Juan Tamad series which he lambasted and made fun of the politicians and society’s ills and foibles. He was also best remembered on the several successful Nida Blanca- Nestor de Villa musical comedies he directed like Ikaw Kasi and Bahala Na.
Orasang Ginto (1946)- Stars Mila del Sol, Rodrigo 'Bimbo' Danao, Domingo Principe and introducing Elvira Reyes/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Krus na Kawayan (1956) Stars Manuel Conde, Aida Carino, Ding Tello, Myrna Mirasol, Bruno Punzalan/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Sawing Gantimpala (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Ely Ramos
Maginoong Takas (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Precioso Palma
Binatillo (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Narding Anzures
Villa Hermosa (1940) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Fred Cortez, Precioso Palma, Lirio del Valle
Ararong Ginto (1940) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Carlos Padilla, Sr., Deanna Prieto
Caviteño (1949) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Hiyas ng Dagat (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Prinsipe Teñoso (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Ang Ibong Adarna (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Fred Cortez, Deanna Prieto, Ester Magalona, Vicente Oliver, Ben Rubio, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Vicente Salumbides
Orasang Ginto (1946) LVN Mila del Sol, Bimbo Danao, Elvira Reyes
Alaala Kita (1946) LVN Mila del Sol, Bimbo Danao
Prinsipeng Hindi Tumatawa (1946) LVN Rogelio de la Rosa, Mila del Sol
Doon Po Sa Amin (1946) Mabuhay Pictures Leopoldo Salcedo, Carlos Padilla, Sr., Fernando Royo, Elvira Reyes, Tolindoy
Nabasag ang Banga (1947) Oriental Pictures Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Ben Rubio
Si Juan Tamad (1947) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes
Si Juan Daldal (Anak ni Juan Tamad) (1948) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Lirio del Valle
Vende Cristo (1948) Manuel C Conde, Linda Estrella, Lirio del Valle, Gil de Leon
Prinsipe Paris (1949) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Horace C. Curry
Apat na Alas (1950) LVN Manuet Conde, Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro, Johnny Reyes, Juan Monteiro, Lou Salvador, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Prudencio Mariano
Siete Infantes de Lara (1950) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Mario Montenegro, Eddi&Garcia, Johnny Monteiro, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Manuel Urbano Jr. Genghis Khan (1950) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Lou Salvador, Sr., ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Lou Salvador Sr.
Sigfredo (1951) Lebran Manuel Conde, Eriinda Cortez, Elvira Reyes, Fernando Royo, Gil de Leon, Johnny Monteiro
Señorito (1953) LVN Manuel Conde, Delia Razon, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Vie Nayve
Pilipino Kustom - No Touch (1955) LVN Mario Montenegro, Emma Alegre, Leroy Salvador
Ang Ibong Adarna (1955) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
Ikaw Kasi (1955) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Nenita Vidal, Manding Claro
Handang Matodas (1956) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
Krus na Kawayan (1956) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Aida Carino
Bahala Na (1956) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Leroy Salvador
Tingnan Natin (1957) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
El Robo (1957) LVN Armando Goyena, Delia Razon
Basta Ikaw (1957) LVN Carlos Padilla Jr., Emma Alegre
Casa Grande (1958) LVN "Heredero" episode – Armando Goyena, Mario Montenegro
Venganza (1958) LVN Mario Montenegro, Carmencita Abad, Peria Bautista
Juan Tamad Goes To Congress (1959) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Adorable Liwanag, Tessie Quintana
Juan Tamad Goes to Society (1960) LVN Manuel Conde Tessie Quintana
Bayanihan (1960) LVN Nestor de Villa, Carmencita Abad
Molave (1961) Manuel Conde Pictures Manuel Conde, Rosita Noble, Leroy Salvador
Si Juan Tamad at si Juan Masipag sa Pulitikang Walang Hanggan (1963) Manuel Conde Productions, Manuel Conde Tessie Quintana
Tadhana: Ito ang Lahing Pilipino (1977) NMPC pre-spanish episode