Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MGA ANGHEL SA LANSANGAN (1959)

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MGA ANGHEL SA LANSANGAN (1959)
Release Date:  September 17-26, 1959 / Life Theater
Produced by Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Cast:  Susan Roces, Jose Mari, Rosa Mia
Tito Galla, Liberty Ilagan, Eddie Garcia
Directed by Mar S. Torres


Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine
              August 16, 1959
              (Courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)



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Sunday, September 15, 2019

PALASIG (1952)

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PALASIG (1952)
Release Date:  April 15-24, 1952 / Life Theater
Produced by Sampaguita Pictures
Cast:  Cesar Ramirez, Gloria Romero, Aruray, Tony Cayado
Totoy Torrente, Pedro Faustino, Dolores Crescini
Directed by Artemio B. Tecson


Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine
              April 1952
              (courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)







       A sultan, on a pleasure trip, came to Manila where he meets a pretty girl whom he falls in love.  They become engaged ad they are making preparation for marriage when the Sultan is called by an urgent business to sail abroad.  The girl who is left behind, thinking that he would not come back and fearing that she would be the object of sneers in the social group to which she belongs, marries another before the child she carries in her womb would begin to show.  After a time however, the Sultan comes back, makes discreet inquiries and finds out what happened to his former sweetheart  Believing that the child is really his, he order his aide, Dampilan, to kidnap the child which Dampilan does while the parents are away from home.  The Sultan comes back to his sultanate, but keeps the presence of the child a secret to his people, until one day he decides to let them know about it.  The revelation is not welcome by his people, specially by Datu Balawis, his brother, who is now deprived of his successional right to the Sultanate by virtue of the presence of the child-heir whoo is named Palasig.  Balawis plats to kill Palasig, but the child is ably defended by Dampilan, a loyal follower of the Sultan.  But in one of his attempts to overthrow the Sultan, the latter is killed.  Through the intervention of Dampilan, however, the child assumes the throne of his father.  The mother, in the meantime, thinking that her child was dead, adopts another and names her Florinda.  Palasig all the while grows up into manhood and gives up the idea of seeing again his mother, inasmuch as she has not done anything to rescue him.  He trains himself to be fit to honor his father's throne.  After some years, Florinda and her adopted Father, while on a trip to the south, fall prey to a group of Moro sea raiders.  Florinda falls a captive to Datu Balawis group.  When Palasig meets Florinda, he frees her and this leads to a feud between the two until Balawis is killed.  It is clear that Palasig is in love with Florinda, an when he announces that he would marry her, the Sultan's people repudiate his choice because the bride he has chosen is a Christian.  Led by the council of panditas or Moro priests, even Dampilan, his loyal friend turns against Palasig.  What happens henceforth is anybody's guess.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

IN FOCUS: LITO LEGASPI (by Lidinila C.Navarra, Literary Song-Movie Magazine (August 1, 1960)


LITO LEGASPI (Carlito Manuel Legaspi)
(January 25, 1942 - September 8, 2019)

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Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine, August 1, 1960
Courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48

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Friday, September 13, 2019

CORRECCIONAL (1952)

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CORRECCIONAL (1952)
Release Date:  April 10-19, 1952 / Dalisay Theater)
Produced by LVN Pictures, Inc)
Cast:  Celia Flor, Mario Montenegro, Rosa Rosal, Tony Arnaldo
Direction:  Susana C. de Guzman


Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine
              April 1952
              (Courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)









       THE WEDDING of Norma and Armando was to be a great social event, but everything went haywire.  Perhaps, it was because the bride tried on her trousseau, an that's bad, according to popular belief.  At any rate, Armando's client, Dona Salome, was giving an important party, and in the height of the excitement, Dona Salome slips a pill into Norma's drink which makes her retire into the bedroom to sleep.  The Dona later accidentally opens the door to the bedroom, in the company of the young lawyer, Armando, and behold, Don Julio, Dona Salome's husband, is kissing passionately the inert form of Norma.  We wouldn't blame the young lawyer for avoiding his betrothed thence-forward and Dona Salome for demanding a separation from her erring husband -- with enough settlement to assuage her wounded feelings.  In a subsequent meeting between the young lovers, the lawyer wouldn't hear anything, the engagement is off.  Norma goes to see Don Julio to clear her name, and he finds him dead with a letter opener stuck to his body where the heart is.  Just then, Dona Salome comes out of nowhere shouting murder, and as the househelps gather around Norma to prevent her escape, the police is called and evidence points to Norma as the guilty person.  The trial was routine, and Norma is confined to the Correccional where her own mother is the Superintendent.  She believes firmly in her daughter's innocence, and she wants justice done, so she resigns her position and begin to take steps to vindicate her daughter.  The mother confronts Salome, threatens her with a gun if she does ot clear out the daughter, but in the scuffle that ensues, the gun goes off killing Norma's mother.  Salome is confined to Correccional on a murder charge, and she meets Norma.  The hatred between the two flares up into a first class cat-fighting, as a result of which they are placed in solitary confinement.  Norma begins to work on the nerves of guilty Salome by mentioning to her the fact that her husband's soul and the soul of Norma's other will haunt her in the cell, until Salome could no longer stand it and decides to make a clean breast of it all.  She signs a written confession, and the result is that Norma is released.  The good news spreads out, and the young lawyer who has been moping for sometime now, is happy enough to welcome his sweetheart into his arms.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

KERUBIN (1952)

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KERUBIN (1952)
Release Date:  April 30, 1952 / Dalisay Theater
Produced by Sampaguita Pictures
Cast:  Tessie Agana, Linda Estrella, Van de Leon, Chichay, Tolindoy
Direction:  Octavio Silos


Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine
              April 1952
              (courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)








       THIS IS A HARMLESS fantasy story about a naughty little angel called Kerubin.  Kerubin makes St. Peter sore by being constantly late because of ever wandering into space even after the heavy gates of heaven are closed.  So the old Saint sends Kerubin to earth, and return to heaven is on the condition that the angel should make a sad soul happy.  Kerubin chooses to console Ana.  Ana is a frustrated wife who wants to be a mother.  She is a devout girl, but her prayers are not answered.  Her trouble assumes desperate proportions when her husband, decides to distract himself with the affections of a scheming woman, Margarita.  So Kerubin goes straight to Ana and makes her known of the heavenly mission.  The naughty angel makes sad Ana a happy woman, all right, but complications follow, because the vision of Kerubin is only visible to Ana, and to her maid, Panchang.  When the husband begins to notice the strange behaviour of his wife and the maid, talking to invisible beings, and similar other "foolishness", he broaches the subject to the "other" woman who believes that Ana is getting off the bat, due to her frustrated desire to have a child and to the infidelity of the husband.  Here's a good chance to get rid of her, says Margarita.  Send her t the asylum.  Judicial proceedings too have Ana confined begin, but the first lawyer hired by the adulterous couple, after investigating the case, turns down the job of sending Ana to the asylum, because Divinia, his wife, believes that Ana is telling the truth.  Panchang escapes Ana's household after testifying to Ana's assertions, because she is threatened by Ana's husband.  She takes refuge in the lawyer's house who is now convinced that Ana is not off her mind.  In the meanwhile, another lawyer is hired, and during the court hearing, petitioners have all the evidence on their side.  The first lawyer, Justo, in vain tries a brilliant defense.  Just when everything is about lost and the Judge is about to issue out the order of confinement, Kerubin comes into the courtroom to clinch Justo's objections and to tip the balance of justice in favor of Ana.  And that's not enough.  Back in heaven, Kerubin urges St. Peter to intercede no Ana's behalf so that she may be given a child -- one who just looks like Kerubin.  Petition granted.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

OG (1952)

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OG (1952)
Release Date:  April 5, 1952 / Life Theater
Produced by Premiere Productions
Cast:  Leila Morena, Jesus Ramos, Lopito, Oscar Keese
Direction:  Cesar Gallardo


Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine
               April 1952
              (courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)

           


    


       A RICH COUPLE, while traveling aboard a ship to the South, are robbed of their costly jewelry by a bunch of Moro sea raiders.  One of the raiders take fancy of their only son, and takes him away as a captive.  Despite frantic efforts of the family and the authorities to locate the raiders and to recover the child, the whereabouts of the bandits remain unknown for years.  In the meantime, the raiders reach the safety of their lair deep in the fastness of the Mindanao forests.  Here, the child is brought up in the belief that the raider who has captured him and who has begun to develop a paternal affection for him is his father.  The looted wealth begins to create suspicions and dissensions among the bandits, and soon they are fighting each other for its possession.  In the intramural struggles that ensue, the bandit group is being decimated.  The bandit who has adopted the boy is among the last killed, and he is one of the few who know the secret hiding place of the loot.  Before he dies, he takes his adopted son to the place where the loot is hidden.  Left to his own resources, the child grows up into a jungle Lord without the companionship of man.  In one of his daily wanderings, as a young man, he sees a beautiful damsel by a stream washing clothes.  Out of curiosity, he captures her, and takes her away to share his jungle home.  After overcoming her initial fear, the girl begins to like the jungle Lord, and soon they are fast friends, with the village girl teaching him a few fundamentals in the National Language besides the guttural "Og-og" which he had thought was sufficient grammatical requirement for himself.  As a gift to his new friend, he gives her part of the loot, just on time to save the family from a financial trouble.  The costly pearls excite curiosity among the people, and soon there is confirmation of its unlawful source.  At the request of the village girl, Og comes to town to save the father from jail, but is captured instead.  He makes his escape good, but the news of the jewels and the jungle Lord spread fast, and the parents of the child who had been lost 20 years ago come to Mindanao for verification.  It's the boy all right, and also the gems are the same ones stolen years ago, and a marriage of the village lass and Og is in order with happy parents footing the bill.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

JOSE NEPOMUCENO (by Delfin F. Gamboa, Literary Song-Movie Magazine, April 1952)

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Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine, April 1952
(Courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48)

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Friday, September 6, 2019

SAIGON (1956)

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Source:  Literary Song-Movie Magazine, April 1956
Courtesy of Simon Santos, Video 48






Khanh Ngoc (1936-    ) is a legendary Vietnamese film actress and singer. 

At the age of 12, Khanh Ngoc became a protegée of Duong Thieu Tuoc and Minh Trang, the husband and wife team of musical mentors and hosts of a popular music program on Radio France-Vietnam National Broadcasting Network ( Đài Phát Thanh Pháp Á) in Saigon.  Like many young Vietnamese singers of the day, she began performing weekly at various cinema theaters in Saigon like Nam Viet, Nam Quang, Van Cam and Dai Nam as part of the live entertainment for the audience right before the movie presentation.  According to Khanh Ngoc's recollections, the very first song she had ever performed on stage in front of a live audience was Tieng Hat Lenh Denh written by Tu Phap.  In 1949, while at the age of 13, Khanh Ngoc was hired on as a professional singer for Radio France-Vietnam National Broadcasting Network.  She then became acquainted with a music singing group called Thang Long which originated in Hanoi and was comprised of 4 siblings, Hoai TrungThai HangHoai Bac, also known as Pham Dinh Chuong, and Thai Thanh.  Khanh Ngoc would occasionally perform as a guest singer for Thang Long.  As her popularity grew, she was invited to perform in various cities all over Vietnam.  In 1953, Khanh Ngoc married Pham Dinh Chuong.

During a casting call in 1955 for a film called, Anh Sang Mien Nam, a joint Vietnamese-Filipino production, Khanh Ngoc was selected by Filipino film actor/director Gerardo de Leon for the lead role.  The following year, she would win the Philippines Film Festival Award for best actress.  Khanh Ngoc followed up the success of Anh Sang Mien Nam with another film, Dat Lanh, starring actor Le Quynh in 1956.  Her final Vietnamese film was Rang Buoc, released in 1959 by Alpha Film Studios.

Riding high as one of South Vietnam's most popular and beautiful film actresses with three blockbuster feature films under her belt along with an equally successful singing career, Khanh Ngoc's world came to a shattering halt plagued with scandal and negative press from the collapse of her marriage to Pham Dinh Chuong after an alleged extra-marital affair she had had with composer Pham Duy.  Following her divorce, in 1961 she decided to leave it all behind to start a new life in the United States.  She enrolled at Pasadena Theater College and found herself an agent shortly thereafter.  In 1963, Khanh Ngoc was cast in the Hollywood feature film, Operation Bikini, which starred Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon and Scott Brady.  Unfortunately, her acting career in Hollywood films did not sustain the longevity as it did back in her native Vietnam.  During the 1970s and 1980s, Khanh Ngoc resumed her singing career and traveled across the United States performing for overseas Vietnamese audiences in various cities.

Now retired, Khanh Ngoc resides in Los Angeles, California.  She is remarried and a mother to three grown sons.  It is believed that the popular ballad, Nua Hon Thuong Dau, written by her former late husband, Pham Dinh Chuong, and covered by many Vietnamese singers such as Thai Thanh, Julie Quang and Khanh Ha, was loosely based on their failed marriage. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

THE PHILIPPINES' LIVELIEST ART (Compiled by Danny Villanueva, The Weekly Nation, December 11, 1967)

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Source:  The Weekly Nation, December 11, 1967

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

HIT DITO, HIT DOON (by Quijano de Manila, Pilipino Magazine, January 21 1970)

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Source:  Pilipino Magazine, January 21, 1970

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