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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Here's another segment of the rare TV footage of the First Gawad Direk held at the AFP Auditorium, August 15, 2003. A short clip of comedian Joey de Leon impersonating FPJ to the delight of the large crowd including Da king himself and wife, Susan.

Courtesy of RPN-Channel 9

De Leon, best remembered for his role as Starzan, also essayed the role of a Panday in the 1993 movie "Pandoy, Alalay ng Panday." He characterized the character named Pandoy, spoofing FPJ popular movie, "Ang Panday."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


What can be done to immortalize someone as iconic as Fernando Poe Jr.? Re-air his classic films? Declare him as National Artist? Name an avenue after him? The first two have already been fulfilled years ago while the third will soon be realized officially, thanks to Quezon City Councilor Winston “Winnie” Castelo, who has filed a city council resolution to rename San Francisco Del Monte Avenue to Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue. The resolution titled “An Ordinance renaming Del Monte Avenue to FPJ Avenue in memory of Fernando Poe, Jr.,” was approved by the city’s Committee on Laws, Rules and Internal Government on Dec. 10.Final approval to put it into effect is due Dec. 14 to coincide with FPJ’s fifth death anniversary.

A self-professed fan of Da King---who died at age 65 on Dec. 14, 2004 due to cerebral thrombosis and multiple organ failure---the councilor deemed putting FPJ literally on the map as another way to honor his legacy as an actor, director, and philanthropist. “It has been five years since his death. We have to perpetuate his memory,” said Castelo in a recent interview.The councilor explained why he believes FPJ should be honored. “Isa siyang huwarang Pilipino na maaaring magsilbing modelo. Kahanga-hanga ang lahat ng ginawa niya nung siya’y nabubuhay. Isa siyang inspirasyon dahil 'yong kanyang ginawa ay di lamang sa mundo ng pelikula kung hindi matuturing na natin siyang isang bayani ng bayan,” said Winnie.
Winnie related that the soon-to-be FPJ Avenue has its historical relevance with the King of Philippine Movies, as both his production house and ancestral house are situated there. “Nandun ang FPJ [Productions], and I’ve read from the papers na ang ancestral house ni Ronnie Poe ay nandun, pati 'yong kanyang memorabilia. I think that is one way of attracting investors by making it a tourist spot,” he said. Asked if FPJ’s widow, Susan Roces, has learned of the news, Winnie said he will be communicating with her soon. Albeit he has not met the cultural icon before his untimely death, the District 2 city councilor shared he has followed his life story. “Unfortunately, hindi [ko siya na-meet]. Pero I’ve read about his stories, watched his movies, and I’m so inspired with the way he served as a model to the youth. So this is just my little way of expressing my gratitude in behalf of my constituents to honor the late FPJ,” he revealed.

Winnie, together with his wife, former actress Precious Hipolito, has for years undertaken several socio-civic, cultural, livelihood, medical, and educational projects to improve the quality of life in Quezon City. One of their latest projects through Helping Hands Foundation was an art exhibit of 100 paintings by top Filipino artists. Proceeds from the event will go to the construction of a day-care center for the poor children of Payatas, Quezon City. Winnie and Precious also support the continued development of Quezon City as “City of the Stars” and the Philippines’ entertainment hub.


December 12, 2009


Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as Alberto, a man unjustly and falsely accused of a crime. He was arrested and convicted. He escaped and did everything to get the culprits and clear his name.

One scene I vividly remembered was the ringside brawl, where FPJ in a ala-Pacquiao stance easily disposed his foes.

Courtesy of RTG Productions

Monday, December 14, 2009


Today is the 5th death anniversary of FPJ ... let's say a little prayer for him!

Five years ago, the nation's leading newspapers carried these shocking news that the King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. died after suffering a massive stroke. He was only 65. He will always be remembered!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

"3 HARI" (1968) Film Clip UPLOADED

Three action greats, Fernando Poe, Jr., Joseph Estrada and Jess Lapid were united in one spectacular action movie, "3 Hari," where they essayed the roles of Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar. The movie started out with the three, as vagrant street children, adopted by a good samaritan, a middle aged woman, and were raised to be a good abiding citizens. However, the two (Joseph and Jess) erred and did illegal activities while the other one (FPJ) tried to mend things. The movie is a mixture of action, comedy and drama. Here are some clips of that movie---

courtesy of FPJ Productions

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"MAGINOONG TULSAN" (1965) Film Clip Upload

"Maginoong Tulisan" (1965)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Fe Galvez, marion Douglas, Jose Romulo, Lito Anzures, Nello Nayo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla/ Directed by Efren Reyes

Fernando Poe, Jr., played a dual role as brothers, Mando, the thief and Carding, the lawyer. Carding disguised himself as Mando, framed for the murder-robbery. Mando was killed. Carding tried to unearth the truth as to his brother's killers and as to who robbed the factory and killed the security guard. He wanted to prove that his brother was innocent of the charges.

Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1965
(click image to enlarge)

Courtesy of RTG Productions

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Fernando Poe, Jr. and Eddie Mesa played brothers in the 1959 movie, "Rolling Rockers." Froilan (FPJ) and Elmo (Eddie Mesa) were orphaned at an early age and the responsibility of earning a living for both falls on the older Froilan. All of his efforts to get Elmo interested in his law studies are however futile because the younger one’s interest lies in his combo. Meanwhile, Froilan finds himself involved with a gang of hoodlums headed by Monching. He was a victim of the gang himself and in self defense had killed one of them. (to continue reading, click image below)

The movie was based from the komiks novel by Virgilio and Nestor Redondo, serialized in Tagalog Klasiks.

"Rolling Rockers" (1959)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Leonor Vergara, Cielito Legaspi and Eddie Mesa/ Directed by Danilo H. Santiago

Tagalog Klasiks/ 1958
(From Steve Santos Collection)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"Ang Agila at ang Araw" (1973)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Joseph Estrada, Boots Anson-Roa, Marissa Delgado, Paquito Diaz, Romy Diaz and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Ronwaldo Reyes

In 1973, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Joseph 'Erap' Estrada, teamed up for the nth time in the movie, "Ang Agila at ang Araw," FPJ Productions 8th Manila Film Festival offering. FPJ, who usually played the role of 'Agila' in most movies he appeared onscreen, portrayed here the role of Araw, a doctor who was wrongly accused of a crime, while Estrada was Agila, the dissident. Both were fugitives of the law. As they crossed paths, the two soon realized that they need each other to survive.

Courtesy of FPJ Productions

Sunday, November 22, 2009


"Bilis ng Kamay" (1963)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Tony Ferrer, Max Alvarado, Jess Lapid, Bert Olivar, Jose Garcia, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Dencio Padilla/ Directed by Alex Sunga

“For the first time... A real American cowboy--- lightning-fast gunslinger--- against Fernando Poe, Jr. Who is he? Will Ronnie beat him to the draw?,” says a blurb in the 1963 movie, Bilis ng Kamay!. It’s the movie’s selling point, the producer’s marketing strategy to whet the appetite of the moviegoers. I wonder you this guy is--- anybody seen this movie when it was released in the 60s? One popular Hollywood western classic comes to mind--- The Fastest Gun Alive starring Glenn Ford.

Fernando Poe, Jr. caught by surprise by fast-drawing Tony Ferrer.

FPJ with Bert Olivar and Rosario del Pilar

A confrontational scene between FPJ and Max Alvarado

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


"Markado" (1960)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Lyn D'Amour, Rocky Rogers, Patricia Mijares, Joe Sison, Elvira Reyes, Vocente Liwanag and Mario Barri/ Directed by Mario Barri

From the Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1960
(click images to enlarge)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


"Tierra Verde" (1965)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Liza Moreno, Paquito Diaz, Johnny Monteiro, Lito Anzures, Victor Bravo, Nello Nayo, Dencio Padilla, Vic Varrion, Mario Escudero/ Directed by Efren Reyes

"He was out to get a killer... but a whole town was out to get him," says the blurb of the 1965 movie, "Tierra Verde." Fernando Poe Jr. starred as Narding, a bounty hunter, in search of a wanted man (played by Paquito Diaz). He reached the town of Tierra Verde where Diaz and his men were temporary holed up and being protected by the whole town. The movie reminds me of the young Steve McQueen in his highly popular 50s TV western show, "Wanted Dead of Alive."

Here's a short film clip of the movie showing the young FPJ in his western getup shooting it out with Diaz and his men.

Courtesy of FPJ Productions

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Here's a Cover Story article by Enrique L. Calderon from Focus Magazine dated June 25, 1983---

"A lot of labels have been tagged to Fernando Poe, Jr.'s name---
Ang Alamat or the Legend, Mr. Box-Office, Ang Maestro or the Master, and a host of other appellations--- but no word can describe him better than hero."

"The tag hero has always been associated with Ronnie Poe, Mainly because of the kind of movies his fans prefer, and the kind of man they want to see him personify onscreen--- an unsung hero, the champion of the oppressed, the protector of the underdog. And Ronnie Poe has obliged--- he sticks to this formula in making movies. His roles have him portraying a soft-spoken but relentless avenger; a do-gooding but loner adventurer, and he is always clothed with mystery. He is sum, the fairytale hero, embodying the populist dreams of salvation."

to continue reading, click image below---

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Just released and now available in the market are three FPJ movies from RTG Productions: Maginong Tulisan (1965) with Fe Galvez; Ang Salarin (1965) with Veronica Luna and Ang Dayuhan (1968) with Liberty Ilagan. All copies are in DVD formats.

(Maginoong Tulisan/1965)- Fernando Poe, Jr., in a dual role as brothers, Mando, the thief and Carding, the lawyer. Carding disguised himself as Mando, in search for the truth as to who robbed the factory and killed the security guard. He wanted to prove that his brother was innocent of the charges.

(Ang Salarin/1965)- Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as Alberto, a man unjustly and falsely accused of a crime. He was arrested and convicted. He escaped and did everything to get the culprits and clear his name.

(Ang Dayuhan/1968)- Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as a mysterious gunslinger (Marco/Daniel Barrion), who was mistaken by Donya Isabel to be the person she expected to help her problem with the greedy Don Jose (Van de Leon), her second husband.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


In 1963, for its first anniversary presentation, FPJ Productions released "Ito ang Maynila," starring filmdom's two top action stars, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Joseph Estrada. It tells of two friends on opposite sides of the law.

Here's one of the many hilarious scenes in the movie, where the two try to outwit and outsmart or put one on the other with funny consequences.

Courtesy of FPJ Productions

FPJ in one of the many fighting senes in the movie. The boy in the scene was Jay Ilagan with comedian Dencio Padilla. This clip was previously uploaded.

Courtesy of FPJ Productions

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Fernando Poe, Jr. made a brief appearance in the 1964 movie, "Geron Busabos: Ang Batang Quiapo." The award-winning movie starred his bosom buddy, Joseph 'Erap' Estrada who won the Famas Best Actor for his convincing portrayal of the man in the street, often maligned and maltreated but tried to do good deeds and served as an example.

Courtesy of Emar Pictures

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"AGUILA" (1980) Movie Clip UPLOADED

"Aguila" (1980)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher de Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa, Eddie Garcia, Jay Ilagan, Chanda Romero, Charo Santos, Daria Ramirez, Celia Rodriguez, Orestes Ojeda, Susa Valdez, Sandy Andolong, Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Eddie Romero

“Huwag mo na linlangin ang sarili mo, anak. Hindi ako ang hinahanap mo sa kabuuan ng iyong paglalakbay. Ang tunay na hinahanap mo ay kahulugan," declares the elder Aguila, Daniel (played by FPJ) as he talks and advises his son (Christopher de Leon) why he decides to stay with the Aeta. This concluding part of the three-and-half hour epic movie can be viewed below---

Monday, October 12, 2009


"May Pasikat Ba Sa Kano" (1958)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Leonor Vergara, Chiquito, Ramon D' Salva, Lily Marquez, Menggay, Jose Garcia/ Directed by Nemesio Caravana

Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as a struggling boxer
in "May Pasikat Ba Sa Kano," another komiks-adapted movie, from the novel created by Nemesio Caravana, which he also directed. It appeared on the pages of Liwayway Magazine.

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Thanks to Unang Labas for the Komiks Materials

Friday, October 9, 2009

"TIERRA...SANGRE" (1970)- Film Clip UPLOADED

Fernando Poe, Jr., son of a wealthy landowner, is a victim of amnesia after a tragic plane crash. He tried to piece and reconstruct his life together and return to his hacienda to reclaim his land from his greedy uncle (Van de Leon).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

FPJ IN "KAMAO" (1987)/ Short Clip UPLOADED

Did you know that FPJ once appeared in a telemovie? In 1987, Kapisanan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KAPP) in cooperation with Multi-TeleVentures, Inc. and RPN-9 launched a new TV show, titled "Artista." Their pilot episode was a two-part telemovie, "Kamao," starring Da King himself, Fernando Poe, Jr. FPJ played the role of Vener, a barangay chairman whose ultimate goal and aim was to get rid and totally eliminate drugs within his jurisdiction. Director Celso Ad Castillo, who had a major part as the drug lord, also handled the direction.

You can access other film clips by clicking the You Tube at my Blog List found at the right side of the screen.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


There's The Rub
by Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:35:00 09/30/2009

One, after Fernando Poe, Jr. died on Dec. 14, 2004, they did an inventory of his things. In one bodega, they found cartons of relief goods that were meant to be delivered to Infanta, Quezon. Infanta had been buried in mudslides a couple of weeks before his death and, along with many others, FPJ had bestirred himself to help.

With one difference: While all the other relief-givers were busy putting their names on their donations— or as in the case of many public officials, putting their names on other people’s donations— FPJ was not. His people would swear later he would not hear of it. He gave strict orders for the relief goods to be unmarked and just sent where needed. It altered my view of the man completely and made me vow to make amends to his family for some of the things I had said about him.

That is class. Which makes me furious today about the politicians who want to exploit the misfortune of others for their ends. Or indeed their continuing travail, many of them having lost everything in one of the worst disasters ever to hit this metropolis. It’s a sentiment I know is shared by many, even those who were not directly ravaged by the floods, as I’ve seen in news reports and blogs.

Heading the pack is Willie Revillame who was busy announcing that “kami nga ni Senator Villar” have been tireless in delivering relief goods to the needy. You’d think the guy would have learned a thing or two from being crucified after he vituperated about Cory’s coffin being shown on his show, consequently disrupting his and his audience’s fun. Clearly his chastisement hasn’t chastened him enough. Or he’s just fundamentally tasteless he cannot see that the last thing the victims want is to be treated like contestants, or supplicants, of “Wowowee” waiting upon his generosity.

Thankfully the tack is likely to backfire. People are in a foul mood and are not likely to remember Revillame—or his principal—with fondness come election time.

The last thing we need is to see politics mix with relief. “When you want to shoot, shoot,” as Eli Wallach said in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” finishing off the guy who was threatening him with all sorts of mayhem. Same principle here: When you want to give, give, don’t advertise. All you’ll get back is mayhem in the minds of the beneficiaries.

Two, on Tuesday government’s disaster council gave a briefing. They were three days late. The time to have done that was Saturday at the height of the rains. The time to have appeared in public to calm down a metropolis in the grip of panic was last Saturday. The time to have gone to the aid of people who had every reason to panic (some of them were huddling on the roofs of their houses, along with their children and their aged, pounded by unceasing rain) was last Saturday. The time to have unleashed the full resources of government, which should have been there because government has—or should have—billions of pesos in calamity and emergency funds, was last Saturday.

In fact the monumental thing that happened last Saturday was the complete absence of government. The only government there was were the media, notably ABS-CBN and GMA-7. You can forgive both for advertising their wares, or relief efforts, under the extenuating circumstances. They were the government. They were the central authority apprising the public of the situation. They were the central authority coming to the aid of the victims. They were the central authority running the country.

The Internet is full of reports that the emergency fund is depleted, having gone to fund Arroyo and company’s not-very-emergency trips abroad. I’ll leave that for when it’s confirmed. But the breakdown of government is staggering. Arroyo should thank God, or whatever entity she worships, we have elections—the same elections she tried to monkey with earlier with Charter change. Without that she would probably not last this week, given an incensed citizenry, given an aroused citizenry, given a citizenry that will no longer brook abuse. This is as angry as I’ve seen residents of Metro Manila in a long time.

Three, indeed to this hour, what government we have is courtesy of the private sector where voluntarism has sprung like wildflowers. That is the bright spot in all this, the light amid the darkness, the blazing sun after the storm. Truly the Filipino rises to his finest self during trying times, the more trying the times, the finer the rising. Or it is in times of disaster that the Filipino ceases to be a disaster, thinking of others first before self.

It’s especially heartening to see the kids go en masse on relief mode. Many of the kids in my neighborhood have done so, teeners who normally while away the holidays playing basketball, flipping rollerblades, and drinking beer in the stores. They’ve enrolled themselves to help without thought of pay, without thought of recompense, without thought of reward. Just the thought of doing something nice for a change, just the thought of doing something to make things better.

It rekindles memories of the July-August floods of 1972, when students also went in droves to places in Greater Manila no longer traversable by land, or indeed outside the metropolis where they were greeted by a greater ravaging. But then there was activism to fuel, or goad, or flagellate the youth to idealism. Well, there was also the prospect of meeting a cool chick or a cool cat while on your best form. Today, there’s just spontaneous goodwill to do the trick. And the prospect of meeting a cool chick or a cool cat while on your best form. The kids come home happy, comparing the welts and bruises on their arms from lifting crates while drinking beer in the stores.

Makes you wonder what on earth you need government for.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Maskarados (1964)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Bob Soler, Johnny Monteiro and Efren Reyes/ with Lani Oteyza, Nova Villa, Lauro Delgado, Oscar Keesee, Lito Anzures, Nello Nayo, Pablo Virtuoso, Dencio Padilla, Mario Escudero/Directed by Efren Reyes

Just uploaded a film clip of the 1964 adventure-costume movie, Maskarados. It's a scene wherein the young Fernando Poe, Jr. joins forces with Bob Soler, Johnny Monteiro and Efren Reyes to help the beleaguered King (Oscar Keesee) from the evil plot of his brother (Lauro Delgado) out to overthrow him. It's FPJ showing his fencing skill early in his career!

You can access other film clips by clicking the You Tube at my Blog List found at the right side of the screen.

Fernando Poe, Jr. and Bob Soler

Efren Reyes, Sr. and Johnny Monteiro

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


FPJ appeared on the cover of Time magazine, May 10, 2004 issue, after the actor announced his plan to challenge incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 Presidential Election.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Kamay ni Cain (1957) by Clodualdo del Mundo was another komiks serial novel made and adapted into movies. The novel, serialized in Pilipino Komiks was illustrated expertly by Fred Carrillo. The movie, on the hand, was handled and directed masterfully by the great Gerry de Leon. The young FPJ, who was nominated for that year's Famas Best Supporting actor, portrayed the role of a villain to lead star Zaldy Zshornack.