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Friday, August 1, 2014

THE SIXTIES # 147: WILLIE SOTELO, LOURDES MEDEL, MILA OCAMPO AND BERNARD BONNIN AS "ALYAS PALOS" (1961)





"Alyas Palos" (1961)
Dalisay Pictures, Inc.
Release Date August 12, 1961/ Dalisay
Story Virgilio and Nestor Redondo
Music F. Buencamino, Jr.
Screenplay and Direction Tony Santos
Cast Bernard Bonnin (in the tile role), Willie Sotelo, Lourdes Medel, Mila Ocampo/ Co-starring Danilo Jurado, Noel Villaroman, Jane Fajardo, Priscilla Ramirez, Miguel Lopez, Nita Carmona

Even before Hollywood’s "Spiderman" came into Filipino consciousness, the pinoy folks way back the early 60’s were already swooning over their screen superheroes, the likes of Gagamba, Captain Karate, and of course, Palos. But what makes the three characters so distinguishable is the fact that they were portrayed by just one actor—the dashing six-foot nino bonito of the silver screen, Bernard Bonnin.

Unlike other successful film franchise like Darna, Dyesebel and Captain Barbel that have seen several remakes but were portrayed by different movie stars, Palos was played only by Bernard Bonnin, not once, not twice, but an astounding eight times starting with "Alyas Palos" in 1961.

"When you talk about Bernard Bonnin, you remember Palos," said the man who put the word Palos in the Tagalog lexicon. "Alyas Palos" made Bernard Bonnin a household name. He (Palos) is similar to James Bond, a mercenary with an excellent skill in opening state-of-the art vaults. He defined my showbiz career. Because of Palos, the ‘pretty boy’ became an action star."

Bernard was introduced in his very first movie, "Ay Pepita" starring Nenita Javier and Mario Montenegro. "There was no role for me but they rewrote the script and included me as Nenita’s brother. My partner was Milagros Naval," he said.

However, good looks alone couldn’t ensure long-time success. Thanks to his background as a school athlete, he was ready for the next big step in his film outing. "I think Palos was my ninth movie," Bernard said. "I did it after "Jimmy Boy," an action film. Donya Sisang probably saw my potential as an action star and she assigned me to do Alyas Palos." The rest is, of course, history. 


Aside from Palos, Bernard also immortalized the Gagamba character. "I made four movies based on Gagamba. Before Spiderman came out, meron na akong "Bakas ng Gagamba." It was directed by Virgilio Redondo." Soon, Bernard was the toast of movies that celebrated superheroes. And always, his athletic agility came to good use. For example, in doing "Captain Karate," he went through a rigorous karate training.

Bernard Bonnin: Pinoy Pretty Boy of the 60s

By Gypsy Baldovino



THE SIXTIES # 146: JOSE PADILLA, JR., EDITHA CLOMERA, TEODY BELARMINO, REYNALDO DANTE, GLORIA SEVILLA, LINA CARINO AND JOSEPH ESTRADA IN "NORTH HARBOR" (1961)


"North Harbor" (1961)
Magna-East Productions, Inc.
Release Date August 8-14, 1961/ Center
Screenplay Johnny C. Pangilinan
Photography F. Pagsisihan
Music Clod Delfino
Direction Felix Villar
Cast Joseph Estrada, Jose Padilla, Jr., Editha Clomera, Teody Belarmino, Reynaldo Dante, Gloria Sevilla, Mat Ranillo, Pugak, Max Alvarado, Lina Carino/ Co-starring Elvira Reyes, Luis San Juan, Vilma Valera/ Introducing Luis Romero


Joseph Estrada and Editha Clomera in "North Harbor" (1961)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE SIXTIES # 145: JOSE MARI, LIBERTY ILAGAN AND CHIQUITO IN "TINDAHAN NI ALING EPANG" (1961)

Did you know that comedy legend Chiquito did one movie with Sampaguita Pictures? The movie, "Tindahan ni Aling Epang" was based from the popular DZXL radio serial and starred Jose Mari and Liberty Ilagan.


"Tindahan ni Aling Epang" (1961)
Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Release Date August 7- 16, 1961/ Life
Story Tina Loy and Mike Caguin
A DZXL Radio Serial
Music Restie Umali
Direction Carlos Vander Tolosa
Cast Jose Mari, Liberty Ilagan and Chiquito/ Co-starring Matimtiman Cruz, Rod Navarro, Mitos Seva, Georgie Quizon, Horacio Morelos, Lillian Laing, Venchito Galvez

FRANCISCO V. COCHING'S "KONTRA-BIDA" (1954-55) KOMIKS SERIAL/ IKA- 21 NA LABAS

Ang Nakaraan: Ika-20 na labas

"Kontra-Bida"
Katha't Guhit ni Francisco V. Coching
Inilathala sa Pilipino Komiks

---Ika- 21 na Labas---




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Sa Susunod: Ika- 22 na labas



THE SIXTIES # 144: FERNANDO POE, JR., ROMEO VASQUEZ, VAN DE LEON, CECILIA LOPEZ, MIRIAM JURADO, PERLA BAUTISTA IN "IKAW O AKO" (1961)


"Ikaw O Ako" (1961)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, Inc.
Release Date August 2- 11, 1961/ Dalisay
Music F. Buencamino, Jr.
Direction Armando Garces
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Romeo Vasquez, Van de Leon, Cecilia Lopez, Miriam Jurado, Perla Bautista, Max Alvarado, Tony Ferrer, Norma Blancaflor/ Co-starring Boy Sta. Romana, Pedro Faustino, Mary Walter/ Introducing Arnold Mendoza







Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FRANCISCO V. COCHING'S "KONTRA-BIDA" (1954-55) KOMIKS SERIAL/ IKA- 20 NA LABAS

Ang Nakaraan: Ika-19 na labas

"Kontra-Bida"
Katha't Guhit ni Francisco V. Coching
Inilathala sa Pilipino Komiks

---Ika- 20 na Labas---



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Sa Susunod: Ika- 21 na labas




THE SIXTIES # 143: NESTOR DE VILLA, EDDIE MESA, DIOMEDES MATURAN, LOURDES MEDEL, CHIQUITO, SOPHIE ARDI AND NIDA BLANCA IN "PITONG GABI SA PARIS" (1961)


"Pitong Gabi sa Paris" (1961)
Cirio H. Santiago Film Organization
Release Date July 28 to August 8, 1961/ Life
Story and Screenplay Eddie Romero
Music Polding Silos
Direction Eddie Romero and Cirio H. Santiago
Cast Nestor de Villa, Eddie Mesa, Diomedes Maturan, Lourdes Medel, Sophie Ardi and Nida Blanca/ Co-starring Chiquito, Ruben Rustia/ Introducing Arabella Harmond 


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE SIXTIES # 142: MYRNA DELGADO, JOSE ROMULO, CIELITO LEGASPI, RODOLFO CRISTOBAL AND CHIQUITO & THE ORIGINAL LO' WAIST GANG IN "NAGSASALITANG KALANSAY" (1961)


"Nagsasalitang Kalansay" (1961)
Larry Santiago Productions, Inc.
Release Date July 25, 1961/ Center
Story Nemesio E. Caravana
Serialized in Aliwan Komiks
Screenplay Jose Garcia
Direction Pablo Santiago
Cast Myrna Delgado, Jose Romulo, Cielito Legaspi, Rodolfo Cristobal and Chiquito and The Original Lo' Waist Gang/ Co-starring Rosy Santiago, Boy Francisco, Tony Cruz, Butch bautista, Boy Sta. Romana, Jerry Pons, Ponga, Jose Vergara, Paquito Diaz, Arsenio Alonzo, Angel Buenaventura




THE SIXTIES # 141: GLORIA ROMERO, FRED MONTILLA, MARIO MONTENEGRO, TITO GALLA, TONY MARZAN IN "ALYAS SAKAY" (1961)


"Alyas Sakay" (1961)
Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Release Date July 23- August 1, 1961/ Dalisaay
Story Cecilio Pamintuan and Ric Bustamanrte
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Music Ariston Avelino
Direction Ding M. de Jesus
Cast Gloria Romero, Fred Montilla, Mario Montenegro, Tito Galla, Tony Marzan, Zeny Zabala



FRANCISCO V. COCHING'S "KONTRA-BIDA" (1954-55) KOMIKS SERIAL/ IKA- 19 NA LABAS

Ang Nakaraan: Ika-18 na labas

"Kontra-Bida"
Katha't Guhit ni Francisco V. Coching
Inilathala sa Pilipino Komiks

---Ika- 19 na Labas---




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Sa Susunod: Ika- 20 na labas



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