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Sunday, September 28, 2008


Another dream came true for FPJ when he did a remake in 1966, his own version of his dad's memorable 1937 movie, Zamboanga.

Left- Zamboanga (1937)- Stars Fernando Poe, Sr. and Rosa Del Rosario/ Directed by Eduardo de Castro/Re-screened in 2004

Right- Zamboanga (1966)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Susan Roces, Johny Monteiro, Ruben Rustia, Vic Silayan, Lito Anzures, Veronica Palileo, Pedro Faustino/ Featuring Pilita Corrales/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Zamboanga (1937) believed to be lost was finally found and was screened in 2004, courtesy of Nick Deocampo (
see link). "The movie depicts the life of south sea divers and was shot in the remote island of Jolo. In the movie, Poe Sr. played a pearl fisher (as Danao) who marries the village chief's daughter, Minda (played by Rosa del Rosario). Among the guests of their wedding is a pirate who abducts the bride, inciting a tribal war. Fil-American Eduardo de Castro directed the cast that spoke in the Tausog and English languages."

Zamboanga (1966) was the young Poe's own version, where he played the role of a sea trader who fell in love with a Muslim princess played by Susan Roces. They were forbidden by tradition to love one another.

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Left- Screen Stardom Magazine/ 1966
Right- Theme song of Zamboanga/ Music by Emil Mijares/ Lyrics by Levi Celerio


roland273839 said...

Would love to watch these 2 versions of Zamboanga. Hopefully maipalabas din ito sa cinema one. Thanks Simon.

Video 48 said...

Sana nga, Roland! Salamat!