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Monday, August 22, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR. (IN THE TITLE ROLE), ERLINDA O' PADILLA, LITO ANZURES, VICTOR BRAVO, NELLO NAYO, MANOLO ROBLES, PABLO VIRTUOSO, DENCIO PADILLA IN "DIEGONG AKYAT" (1966)


"Diegong Akyat" (1966)
FPJ Productions
Release Date September 7, 1966/ Center
Music Paquito Toledo
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr. (in the title role), Erlinda O' Padilla, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Nello Nayo, Manolo Robles, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla, Tony Cruz, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Vic Uematsu, Resty Sandel/ Guest Performers- Ruben Rustia, Zeny Zabala, Angelo Ventura



photo above- via Baul ni Juan (James dela Rosa)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR., HELEN GAMBOA, EVA MONTES, LITO ANZURES, VICTOR BRAVO, JAY ILAGAN IN "BARIL SA AKING KAMAY" (1966): ONE OF MY BEST PINOY WESTERN MOVIES/ Re-posted

Last shown in 1966, "Baril sa Aking Kamay" was finally reshown to the public during the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival, as part of the Ronwaldo Reyes Film Retrospective. Considered as lost and one in my wish list, (thanks to the late Fernando Poe, Jr., who was able to preserve the reels) it was shown in its entirety and in pristine condition.




"Baril Sa Aking Kamay" (1966)
FPJ Productions
Release Date July 24, 1966/ Globe
Direction D'Lanor
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Helen Gamboa, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Jay Ilagan and Eva Montes/ Also Starring Nello Nayo, Pedro Faustino, Blackie Francisco, Johnny Long, Resty Sandel, Diego Guerrero, Joe Madronio, Ding Salvador



Baril sa Aking Kamay, one of the best Pinoy westerns I’ve seen, is a combination of “Shane” and “The Fastest Gun Alive.” As film historian Teddy Co puts it, “the last 25 minutes is a ‘tour de force’ of choreographed shootouts... one of the high points of this genre.”



The movie tells of a mysterious stranger named Ariel, pursued by two groups--- the first one, a group of three notorious gunslingers headed by Rufo (Victor Bravo) and his two men, Labuyo (Lito Anzures) and Mario (Mario Escudero). The fanatical Rufo was too obsessed to face Ariel to determine who between them was the fastest gun in the land after Ariel gunned down Diegong Kidlat, known for his fast draw; the second one, a posse led by a sheriff named Hepe (Nello Nayo) also keen to find and arrest him on Diegong Kidlat’s death. Diegong Kidlat was the one responsible for the death of Ariel’s wife named Erlinda. Ariel had Erlinda’s name engraved on his gun and vowed vengeance and justice.

However, Ariel’s face remained unknown to his pursuers and the only identity that would pin him down was the name “Erlinda” engraved on the barrel of his gun.

Ariel ended up in a small ranch owned by Mang Pedro (Pedro Faustino) with children, Luisa (Helen Gamboa) and Boy (Jay Ilagan). He disguised himself as Abel to avoid detection. He applied for a job and is accepted with reservation.

Things went smooth at first but get complicated when Boy discovered the gun and his real identity exposed to the family. As when Ariel decided to leave the town, Rufo and Lupo arrived.

One drizzly day--- While most people in the town were inside the church attending mass, Rufo and Lupo were having a drink inside a bar nearby. Boy, who was in the church with the family, slipped out and went to the bar. He noticed Rufo and Lupo, who were new in the town, and approached them. Lupo told Boy that Rufo was the fastest gun alive which Boy refuted. He said he had a friend who was faster than him. When Rufo asked if his friend had a gun with a name Erlinda engraved, he nodded immediately. Realizing his mistake, Boy tried to recant his statement but Rufo held him hostage. He sent Lupo to the church to announce his demand--- Ariel in exchange of Boy.

Upon hearing the demand, Luisa hurriedly left and went home to inform Ariel who was then finishing his tasks in the ranch and about to leave. Luisa told Ariel about Rufo and his demand.

Lupo, who earlier killed Mario in a gun duel after a heated argument, also had a verbal argument this time with Rufo. A gun duel ensued. A much faster Rufo gunned down Lupo. At this time, Rufo went out of the bar with Boy in tow and demanded for Ariel.

A few minutes later, Ariel arrived and engaged Rufo in a gun duel. Seconds later, Rufo was laid dead after a series of gunshots.

Hepe and his men arrived. He heard the shots and asked for the whereabouts of Ariel but the town folks were silent and mum about it. Hepe felt that there might be a compelling and valid reason why the people were trying to cover up or hide the man. Dismayed, the group left town, never to return.





Victor Bravo as Rufo, the gunslinger



Nello Nayo as Hepe, the sheriff




Fernando Poe, Jr. as Ariel/ Abel and Helen Gamboa as Luisa



Eva Montes, the storekeeper who knows Ariel's identity



As Ariel, trying his hand at target shooting



Jay Ilagan as Boy, discovers Ariel's gun



Ariel advises Boy (Jay Ilagan)



Ariel explains his side and his true identity



Boy tells Rufo and Lupo (Lito Anzures) that he knew who the fastest gun alive



The gun duel between...



Ariel



and Rufo



The aftermath... Hepe arrives and receives negative results of Ariel's whereabouts.



Hepe tells the town folks including Ariel that he will be leaving town never to return.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR., PAQUITO DIAZ, LITO ANZURES, VICTOR BRAVO, MANOLO ROBLES AND JOSE ROMULO IN "SARHENTO AGUILA AT 9 NA MAGIGITING" (1966)


"Sarhento Aguila at ang 9 na Magigiting" (1966)
RTG Productions
A Manila Film Festival Entry
Release Date June 19, 1966
Executive Producer Ruben T. Gozon
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Paquito Diaz, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Vic Uematsu, Resty Sandel and Jose Romulo/ with Oscar Keesee, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla and Cecilia Lopez/ Guest stars- Vic Silayan, Nello Nayo



Thursday, July 14, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR., LIZA MORENO, VICTOR BRAVO, NELLO NAYO, JOE SISON, DENCIO PADILLA AND WILLIE SOTELO (IN A SPECIAL ROLE) IN "FRANCO MADERRO" (1966)


"Franco Maderro" (1966)
Virgo Film Productions, Inc.
Release Date June 7, 1966
Story and Screenplay Nilo Saez
Music Levi Celerio
Direction Luis Enriquez
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Liza Moreno, Victor Bravo, Nello Nayo, Dencio Padilla, Eddie Torrente, Bert Gonzales, Manolo Robles/ Special roles- Willie Sotelo, Boy Alvarez/ Guest stars- Martin Marfil, Patricia Mijares, Eddie Feist



FPJ and Liza Moreno


FPJ and Willie Sotelo


FPJ and Victor Bravo




Sunday, July 3, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR. AND SUSAN ROCES, WITH JOHNNY MONTEIRO, RUBEN RUSTIA, VIC SILAYAN, LITO ANZURES IN "ZAMBOANGA" (1966)


"Zamboanga" (1966)
FPJ Productions
Release Date May 20, 1966/ Cinerama
Music Emil Mijares
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces/ Also Starring Johnny Monteiro, Ruben Rustia, Vic Silayan, Lito Anzures, Veronica Palileo, Pedro Faustino/ Guest Performers- Carlos Padilla, Jr., Victor Bravo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla, Manolo Robles, Tony Cruzz, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Johnny Long and Anna Trinidad/ Featuring Pilita Corrales














Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR. AND JESS LAPID, WITH REBECCA, LITO ANZURES, VICTOR BRAVO IN "SAN BERNARDO" (1966)


"San Bernardo" (1966)
FPJ Productions
Release Date April 27, 1966/ Center
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction D' Lanor
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., and Jess Lapid/ Also Starring Rebecca, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Vic Uematsu, Johnny Long/ Guest stars- Paquito Diaz, Oscar Keesee, Max Alvarado

The town of San Bernardo was under the grip of a greedy landowner, Don Cosme (Oscar Keesee) and his band of hired gunslingers. He was out to take full control of the whole town through threat, intimidation and killings.

Two men, Daniel (Fernando Poe, Jr.) and Kardo (Jess Lapid) arrived separately and in incognito, with one purpose --- to get Don Cosme at all cost. Daniel turned out to be an undercover police officer out to arrest him and the avenging Kardo, out to kill him to avenge the death of his father. 

Tension brewed between the two as Daniel wanted Don Cosme alive but not Kardo. In the end, the two joined forces as they needed one another for their survival. The two eventually killed Don Cosme and his men.





 FPJ and Jess Lapid


(l-r) FPJ, Rebecca and Jess Lapid

Friday, June 17, 2016

FERNANDO POE, JR., LIZA MORENO, LITO ANZURES, VICTOR BRAVO, MANOLO ROBLES, PABLO VIRTUOSO, DENCIO PADILLA IN "ANG HARAGAN" (1966)


"Ang Haragan" (1966)
RTG Productions
Release Date March 14, 1966/ Center
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Liza Moreno, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero, Vic Uematsu, Johnny Long and Tony Cruz/ with Jose Romulo in a special role

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FPJ: RECIPIENT OF GAWAD DIREK 2003/ TV Clip UPLOADED

Here's a rare TV footage of FPJ receiving and delivering an acceptance and thank you speech during the First Gawad Direk held at the AFP Auditorium, August 15, 2003. Thanks to Tina for the copy.




In 2003, The Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) held its first Gawad Direk at the AFP Auditorium, with Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon as hosts. It gave tribute to five Filipino filmmakers for their impressive body of works in local cinema. The recipients were National Artist Eddie Romero ("Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon," "Sino'ng Kasiping, Sino'ng Kapiling," "Agila"), Celso Ad. Castillo ("Burlesk Queen," "Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak"), Emmanuel H. Borlaza (for his well-crafted melodramas based on komiks novels like "Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin" and "Bituing Walang Ningning"), Ronwaldo Reyes (the pseudonym of Fernando Poe, Jr. who excelled in the action genre like in "Muslim Magnum .357," "Kapag Puno Na ang Salop"), and the late Luciano B. Carlos (a topnotch comedy director who directed Dolphy hits like "Facifica Falayfay" and "Fefita Fofonggay.")

Courtesy of RPN-9