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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)