Below- Excerpts from the article 'Batang Taquila'
by Quijano de Manila (Nick Joaquin)
Philippine Free Press/ June 1, 1968
Lo’ Waist Gang was the big break, but Ronnie’s smile is rather sad as he reels off the once- famous gang’s names: Zaldy, Labra, Sta. Romana, Bobby Gonzales, Tony Cruz, Mario Antonio, Butch Bautista, Boy Francisco…”Let me see, have I forgotten anybody?” And melancholy does resound in the litany as one thinks of Boy Sta. Romana, violently dead; or of Zaldy, who soared and slipped and came back; or of the others for the moment of glory was as brief as youth, though the ‘50s are forever young in their faces.
For Lo’ Waist not only summed up a generation, the barkada youth of the 1950s; it was also a landmark in Philippine movies, as may be seen in Ronnie’s transformation. From the escapist unreality of the costume pictures he had been doing, he shifted, in Lo’ Waist, along with the Philippine cinema, to the contemporary world and became topical, wearing the look of the ‘50s, speaking the idiom of the ‘50s. It was the Santiagos who made Philippine cinema of our times.
Lo’ Waist Gang was such a huge box-office success and prompted the production of sequels all totaling 8 more (from 1956 t0 1960).It also started a fashion fad then: low-waist pants.
1. LO’ WAIST GANG (1956)
2. BAKASYON GRANDE (1957)
3. LOS LACUACHEROS (1957)
4. LUTONG MAKAW (1958)
5. LO’ WAIST GANG AT SI OG SA MINDORO (1958)
6. GABI NG LAGIM (1960)- cameo role
7. LO’ WAIST GANG JOINS THE ARMED FORCES (1960)
8. RANCHO GRANDE (1960)
9. NAGSASALITANG KALANSAY (1961)- FPJ didn't appear in this film