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Sunday, May 25, 2014

PHILIPPINES FINEST FILMS FROM 1930s - 2014 (201-300) 1st of 3 Series


These are the Philippines' finest films from 1930s - 2014 in ranking order (201-300) according to Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette. This is just the first part of three series.

 

Mara (Judy Ann Santos) and Clara (Gladys Reyes) in a fiery conversation in Mara Clara The Movie (1996)


201. Mara Clara: The Movie (1996)
Directed By:  Emil Cruz Jr., Jerry Lopez Sineneng

Cast:  Judy Ann Santos, Gladys Reyes, Juan Rodrigo, Beverly Vergel, William Martinez, Susan Africa, Dan Fernandez, Leni Santos, Wowie De Guzman, Paolo Contis, Christopher Roxas, Minnie Aguilar, Jinky Oda, Eagle Riggs, Jochelle Olalia

           The movie was based on the popular Philippine television soap opera or primetime drama series aired on ABS-CBN from 1992 - 1997.
          Mara and Clara were switched at birth in the nursery when they were born, and the details of this event were recorded by Kardo, a hospital staff, in his diary. Mara lived as the poor daughter of the couple Susan and Gary Davis and Clara, their real daughter, was brought up by the rich Amante and Almira del Valle.
          The good-natured del Valle couple takes in Mara as a servant and decides to spend for her education not knowing that she is their real daughter. Gary, who is actually a gang/syndicate leader, approves of the idea that Mara lives with the del Valles to extort money. Clara makes life for Mara difficult. But, as time progresses, they find their true identity in the spotlights, damages are paid, and they all know where they stand.

202. Matandang Pacharming (1955)
Directed By:  Artemio Marquez

Cast:  Leopoldo Salcedo, Ramon Revilla, Chiquito, Anabelle Huggins, Marrieta Miranda, Paquito Diaz,

Carding (Leopoldo Salcedo) and Tomas (Ramon Revilla) are undercover agents assigned to get the dreaded 1-2-3 Gang. The elusive head of the gang is rumored to be a homosexual hiding under the name Señora (Paquito Diaz). In a bid to get closer to the gang, Carding and Tomas assume gay identities "Carlita" and "Julieta" respectively. They even put up a beauty salon called "Matandang Pa-Charming" (loosely translated as old-flirts") which also serves as their base of operations. Meanwhile, Carding's girlfriend Flor (Anabelle Huggins), is experiencing strained family relations on account of a homosexual older brother. What if it turns out that Flor's troublesome brother, and the mysterious gang leader Señora, are one and the same person? Can Carding still see it that justice will be served?


203. Emily (1959) *
Directed by:  Gregorio Fernandez

Cast:  Charito Solis, Pancho Magalona, Leroy Salvador, Eddie Rodriguez, Marita Zobel, Merle Tuazon, Patria Plata

          Emily is the child of Don Alejandro out of wedlock. Upon Don Alejandro's death, Emily was adopted by his wife, Magdalena living in a beautiful estate left by her father. She hates Emily so much and she plans her revenge on her.
          Emily had a vision of Gloria, the only daughter of Don Alejandro Ramirez and Magdalena, who died in her teens. She often sees her at night. Gloria at only sixteen years old at the time fell in love with Dante Magat, the trusted tenant of family's ranch but when her mother discovered about their relationship, she opposed it because Dante is a poor man and is not an ideal man for her daughter. Dante then voluntarily left the estate and disappeared mysteriously while Gloria died in extreme depression.
          Emily fell in love with Diego Magat, the trusted tenant of the family and brother of Dante Magat. He replaced Dante as the tenant of the rancho Ramirez. Emily's foster mother is against their relationship. Emily instead was courted by Carlos favorite son of Magdalena and plans their marriage. One night she was raped by Abel, the black sheep of the family and eloped with him on the eve of her marriage. Magdalena scheming plan is coming true to Emily. Emily has a life of misery and hell with Abel. Meanwhile, Carlos got married to Mercedes his childhood sweetheart.
   When he discovered Emily is pregnant, he went back to ranch to see Diego and engage him in a fight. Abel was bitten by a snake and was saved by Diego and due to jealousy; Abel cut Emily's hair short. Emily gave birth to their baby and Abel took it and left it in the ranch bushes while Mercedes also gave birth to her son with Carlos. Emily at last found her child.

204. Paradise Inn (1985)
Directed By:  Celso Ad. Castillo

Cast:  Lolita Rodriguez, Vivian Velez, Michael De Mesa, Dennis Roldan, Jinggoy Estrada, Robert Arevalo, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Lito Anzures, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Lucita Soriano, Odette Khan, Bomber Moran, Joseph Cordova, Bing Davao, Mary Walter

 Paradise Inn is more than a watering hole, a gambling den cum-brothel frequented by the menfolk. It is a notorious landmark.  Ester Paraiso, a retired prostitute, runs the place with help from her own daughter, Daria, whom she is preparing for the job, and from influential politicos. Her daughter, however, decides to run away but is later spurned by her suitor and his offer of a respectable life. Even the timely arrival of a two-beat magician, Rey, who hastily proposes marriage, fails to prevent the escalating tension as the mother-daughter conflict takes its worst turn culminating in the characters' fiery destruction.



Sharon Cuneta looking up the sky watching on the stars promising her mother for a revenge on their oppression by their rich neighbor in Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala (1984) 



205. Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala - Tomorrow the Stars Will Kneel (1984)
Directed By:  Emmanuel H. Borlaza                   Story:  Nerissa Cabral

Cast:  Sharon Cuneta, Eddie Rodriguez, Pilar Pilapil, Raymond Lauchengco, Tommy Abuel, Lani Mercado, Eula Valdez, Janet Elisa Giron, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Gina Pareño

In Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala, a young girl named Rebecca grew up without a father. The father she knew married another woman from a rich family and had two daughters. Her mother married another man and gave birth to a boy. Rebecca lived a life of poverty and deprivation, and all her life she endured the cruelty and insults of her father's rich family. She vowed to raise her family from poverty and when that time comes, she would take her revenge from those that had oppressed them.

206. Mila (2001)
Directed By:  Joel Lamangan                 Screenplay:  Ricardo Lee

Cast:  Maricel Soriano, Piolo Pascual, Princess Punzalan, Cherry Pie Picache, Kaye Abad, Serena Dalrymple, Jiro Manio, Angelica Panganiban, Luis Alandy, Noni Buencamino, Eva Darren, B.J. De Jesus, Kathleen Hermosa, Mel Kimura, Alfred Labatos, Don Laurel, Tony Mabesa, Mario Magallona, Bea Nicolas, Tom Olivar, Jim Pebanco, Caridad Sanchez, Florencio A. Pili

The film was based on the life story of Anita Pamintuan who died during her fight for proper wages and compensation for public school-teachers in the Philippines.

Famous Quote / Movie Line:
“ibang mundo... maraming tao... iba ibang mukha.... LAKAD NG LAKAD,,, HINDI NAMAN ALAM KUNG SAN PUPUNTA,,,, kung minsan maganda rin yung,,, hindi mo alam kung san ka papunta,,, MAGUGULAT KA NALANG NANDUN KA NA!” – Maricel Soriano


207. Talipandas (1958)
Directed By:  Conrado Conde        Story:  Francisco V. Coching

Cast: Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Van De Leon, Carlos Salazar, Pacita Arana, Matimtiman Cruz, Marlene Dauden, Bella Flores, Lolita Rodriguez, Ely Roque, Zeny Zabala


Talipandas is an adventure komiks novel created by Francisco Coching, serialized in Espesyal Komiks in 1958, and adapted into a movie in the same year. Sampaguita Pictures adapted Talipandas into a feature film in 1958. It was directed by Conrado Conde and starred Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon and Carlo Salazar.

When her mother dies from a beating by Raul (Van de Leon), the father who had abandoned them even before she was born, Esperanza (Rita Gomez) vows to seek out Raul and try to avenge her mother’s death.

Esperanza starts working as a cabaret singer and soon she has many suitors, among them, Raul, whom she does not recognize and who now goes under the alias of George. Esperanza also meets Bien (Luis Gonzales), a young man who is feuding with Andy (Carlos Salazar), his brother, for whom he had served time in prison but who repaid him by stealing his fiancée.

Esperanza fights against her growing love for Bien, wanting to devote all her time to finding Raul. She starts to suspect that George is really Raul and lays trap for him. This causes a misunderstanding with Bien who leaves her.

Not knowing that Esperanza is his daughter, Raul also lays plans to possess her, with the aid of his men, among them, Andy. The story reaches a tense climax with Esperanza, Bien, Raul and Andy coming face to face, each with a violent purpose. In this situation, Esperanza reveals herself to Raul who is stunned to learn that the girl he intends to ravish is his own daughter. It is also in this situation that Bien and Andy come to grips. But at the end, justice and love wins.

208. Lo' Waist Gang & Og Sa Mindoro (1958)
Directed By:  Pablo Santiago      Story:  Felix Villar

Cast:  Jess Ramos, Fernando Poe Jr., Teresita Mendez, Berting Labra, Boy Francisco, Bobby Gonzales, Paquito Toledo, Tony Cruz

This film is about a typical gang whose weapon is a strong camaraderie and friendship- that is the quality of Lo'Waist Gang, not until they were put into test. Their leader, Carding (Fernando Poe Jr.) was summoned by his grandfather to go to a place and discover a hidden treasure. Everybody thought it is going to be a challenging adventure. Everyone was so excited until the danger and threats to their lives begin and there is no turning back. They have to enjoy the journey and they have to fight in order to survive as they mingle with the good and bad natives of Mindoro.

209. Huling Mandirigma (1955)
Directed By:  Eddie Romero

Cast:  Leopoldo Salcedo, Jose Padilla Jr., Ben Perez, Belen Velasco, Abelardo Cortes, Jose Garcia, Ligaya Lopez, Max Alvarado, Boy Soriano, Bebong Osorio, Estrelita Bernardo, Menggay, Francisco Cruz, Jaime Javier, Carmi Vergel, Miguel "Kulafu" Cruz

The story of an epic battle between the local Philippine Mandaya tribe and the native American Indians but ends up in peace and unity.



Some of the scenes in Esperanza: The Movie (1999) 

210. Esperanza: The Movie (1999)
Directed By:  Jerry Lopez Sineneng                  

Story: Dado C. Lumibao
Cast:  Judy Ann Santos, Dante Rivero, Charo Santos-Concio, Joel Torre, Marvin Agustin, Piolo Pascual, Lito Legaspi, Bembol Roco, Elizabeth Oropesa, Rosa Rosal, Chat Silayan, Angelika dela Cruz, Carmina Villaroel, Tommy Abuel, Spencer Reyes 

The film is based on the popular television soap opera or drama series, it follows Esperanza's (Judy Ann Santos) search for her real family. It seems that Esperanza's mother, Isabel, and father Juan Selgado, got married without the approval of Isabel's mom. To be together Isabel refused to marry the man her mother promised her to, Jaime Elustre, and Juan left the girl he had been dating at the time, Sandra.
As the years went by Isabel gave birth to three kids, two daughters and a son. One day Esperanza's mother took her, her sister and brother on a bus trip to visit someone. Due to a bus accident, they got separated and had Juan believing all of them to be dead. This is the start of the ensuing drama. The film and drama series official theme song of the same title is performed by April Boy Regino.


211. Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot (1997)

Directed By:  Mac Alejandre        Story:  Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario


Cast:  Donna Cruz, Jason Everly, Malou de Guzman, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Arnel Ignacio, Samantha Lopez, Gina Pareño, Sherilyn Reyes, Tom Taus, William Thio, Noel Trinidad


Rizelle (Donna Cruz) is a young beautiful woman who decides to work as a house helper during summer to earn extra money and to substitute her mother who is ill.


Together with a friend, she is assigned to work for Eric (Jason Everly), the bratty son of an American businessman who just hates to be in the Philippines. In spite of his arrogant ways, the pretty servant falls in love with her master.




212. Rosalie (1962)

Directed By: Luciano B. Carlos       Story: Pablo S. Gomez



Cast:  Rosemarie Sonora, Bert Leroy Jr., Pepito Rodriguez, Boy Alano, German Moreno, Shirley Moreno, Ven Medina, Matimtiman Cruz, Rey Tomenes, Aring Bautista, Naty Mallares, Maria Victoria



This film is based on a popular, serialized comic novel in Liwayway, Hiligaynon and Bannawag Magazines. The story about a woman named Rosalie who works as a scavenger.


Rosalie (Rosemarie Sonora) is a boyish lass who earn a living as a scavenger and takes care of her nephew and niece living with her sister and her abusive husband Conrado. However, one time while dealing with a junk shop owner she left them in the makeshift wagon which was almost hit by a car driven by their father. He is outrage and wants Rosalie to leave their home. Rosalie voluntarily consented and left home. She stayed at the house of her friend, Juanito (German Moreno) meeting his brother Papaito who doesn't like the idea of her staying there and their mother who loves Rosalie to stay. The two doesn't like each other but Rosalie found out soon that Papaito is secretly admiring her and always nagging her keeps his love for her. Rosalie has a friend Rosa who was a pretty, rich Chinese whom Rosalie always dreaming to be like her. One time she and Juanito visited Rosa in her grave and by chance met Rosa's family. A family member mistook Rosalie for Rosa because they really look the same. Upon the death of her sister, Rosalie took care of her very young nephew and niece however one night, Conrado forcefully took her and his children to his criminal group hideout living with his mistress. Juanito, Pepito and their friends search for them. Conrado and his group were arrested and Rosalie was saved. On the other hand, Rosa's family who are still grieving on her death saw Rosa again in the news about the rescue and arrest of the criminal group. They invited Rosalie in their house and informed her that she will inherit the house and fortune of Rosa's family which in turn will be going back to China. Rosalie inherited the wealth left by the Chinese family and she married Papaito.



213. Dumagit (1954)

Directed By:  Armando Garces                 Story: Francisco V. Coching


Cast:  Cesar Ramirez, Myrna Delgado, Lolita Rodriguez, Van de Leon


Based on a popular comics novel serialized in Pilipino Komiks from 1953 - 1954, it tells the story of the boy Dumagit who grows up in the jungle with his guardian and animal friends.


Dr. Joaquin Olivar and his pregnant wife Marina hide in a remote island after Olivar was accused of a crime and Marina feared being ostracized. Marina dies after giving birth to a baby boy, David. Olivar takes care of the baby on his own and gives him the nickname Dumagit. Later, Olivar is killed by a group of men who came into the island to hunt animals. Thus, Dumagit grows up with a deer, monkey, and other animals Twenty years later, Federico Olivar, brother of Joaquin Olivar, comes to the island to look for his brother. He brings back Dumagit to civilization but Dumagit decides to stay in the jungle with his amazon girlfriend, Marabini.


This film is the Philippine version of Tarzan.


214. Batang City Jail (1978)

Directed By: Augusto Buenaventura


Cast:  Ace Vergel, Chanda Romero, Vivian Velez, Angelo Ventura



      The story revolves around the lives of young people intertwined behind the cold prison bars.




215. Ibong Adarna (1941)

Directed By: Vicente Salumbides



Cast:  Mila del Sol, Fred Cortes, Ester Magalona, Deanna Prieto, Vicente Oliver, Ben Rubio, Cecilio Joaquin, Rosario Lam, Miguel Anzures, Canuplin, Juan Rodriguez, Regio Villa, Amador Alegre, Angeles Gayoso



          Based on the popular Filipino fairytale, Ibong Adarna tells the story of an ailing king who sent his three sons to search for the Ibong Adarna (Adarna bird) as the only cure to his illness and as a reward of whoever catches the bird and bring to him will inherit the throne. Each of the princes went out on their own expedition.

         The youngest son met on the way an old person who is starving and gives him some food to eat. The old person ask the prince where he is going and told him that he is out to search for the mythical bird Adarna and bring it to his father to cure him of his illness. The old person warned him that while the mythical bird has a singing prowess performing beautiful songs, it has a power to make people sleep and turned them into stone by its feces whoever attempts to capture it. To combat this, the old man gave the young prince a dagger and a lime to bled himself and some lime in his wound will keep him awake and alert at all times. The young prince then continue with the expedition and upon reaching the location of the Ibong Adarna, he saw his two prince brothers turned into stone by the Ibong Adarna bird.He uses the lime to turn back his brother to life again and bring the Ibong Adarna to his father who was later cured by the singing of the Ibong Adarna. The young prince became the new king.

          In the kingdom of Berbania, the King is mortally ill and only the singing of the fabled bird can save his life. His three sons, Pedro, Diego and Juan embark on a search for the magical bird. It is an adventure fraught with danger for the bird's mesmerizing singing can put a man to sleep and its subsequent droppings can turn him into stone.

        This is the  Philippines first color film.



216. Octavia (1961)

Directed By:  Rosa Mia                 Story:  Pablo S. Gomez                Screenplay:  Chito B. Tapawan

Cast:  Carmen Rosales, Ric Rodrigo, Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Gutierrez, Josephine Estrada, Naty Santiago, Mitos Seva, Jose Morelos, Boy Alano, Marcela Garcia, Matimtiman Cruz, Ely Roque

          Octavia Moravia (Lolita Rodrigues is a rising superstar who intimidates and challenge the waning singer, Hannah Quintos (Carmen Rosales). Fernando Quintos (Ric Rodrigo), Hannah's son is about to marry Filomena yet on the day of his wedding he fell in love with Octavia, make love and fell drunk. The next day Octavia phoned Hannah to tell her about her son. Hannah went to Octavia's home and to her fury shot Octavia and in the face in front of reporters and cameramen.

          Octavia Quintos who was Fernando's daughter with Octavia Moravia became Miss Philippines and went on to become a successful actress. Octavia Moravia meanwhile return to the country after several years of staying in the United States of America. Octavia Quintos soon discovered her real identity from her adoptive mother Filomena. She took both the arch rival and arch nemesis - her real mother Octavia and her grandmother Hannah to live with her however their demands is to be followed by the younger Octavia much to her disgust and disappointed decided to leave them. The older Octavia and Hannah then looked for her asking for her forgiveness and both agree to bury the hatchet between them and start a life anew and introducing to them her lover (Eddie Gutierrez).




217. Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001)

Directed By: Chito S. Roño    Story: Roy Iglesias



Cast:  Armando Goyena, Danilo Barrios, Albert Martinez, Carlo Muñoz, Vic Diaz, Rustom Padilla, Tetsuya Matsui, Camille Prats, Tadakazu Sakuma, Janus Del Prado. Bearwin Meily, Mico Palanca, Ethan Javier, Leni Rivera, Johnny Revilla, Bambi Arambulo, Marvin Lanuza, Heidi Reyes, Gail Valencia, Pocholo Montes, Fonz Deza, Reggie Curley, Niño Benedicto, Troy Martino, Mia Gutierrez, Hernando San Pedro, Jez Umali



Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure is a 2001 Filipino epic adventure-drama film that revolves around a hidden Yamashita treasure.



Lolo Melo (Armando Goyena) is an old Filipino World War II veteran living in the United States who tells his war stories to his grandson Jobert (Danilo Barrios). Flashbacks to 1944 he tell the story of his participation during World War II, when his troop was ordered to bury the Yamashita treasure. When Lolo gets kidnapped, Jobert goes back to Manila in order to find the hidden treasure and save his grandfather. Jobert finds the clues to a hidden treasure in the coded, wartime diaries of his grandfather. Soon, he and his chums are in hot pursuit of the Yamashita Treasure. But a dangerous mercenaries are also after the prize, Emong (Albert Martinez) a Philippine government official and Naguchi(Vic Diaz) a Japanese World War II veteran.

218. Tulisan (1962) *
Directed By:  Jose De Villa        Story:  Pablo S. Gomez

Cast: Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, Tito Galla, Greg Martin, Tony Marzan

This film is about the warring women bandits. Susan leads a group that will rescue her kidnapped twin-sister from Amalia Fuentes' group.




219. Annie Batungbakal (1980)

Directed By: Maryo J. De Los Reyes


Cast: Nora Aunor, Nida Blanca, Lloyd Samartino, Nestor De Villa, Lorli Villanueva, Michael Villar, Mary Grace Santos, Paquito Salcedo, Tino De Lara, Alma Moreno, Marco Sison



 A musical comedy about a woman named Annie Batungbakal (Nora Aunor), who works as a dispatcher as her day job but at the end of the day, dances her way to the disco bars in a glaring dance outfit.

 The official theme song of the film of the same title performed by The Hotdogs tells it all.



220. Anak Ni Waray (1957)

Directed By:  F.H. Constantino


Cast:  Nida Blanca, Nestor De Villa, Lita Gutierrez, Bernard Bonnin, Perla Bautista, Caridad Sanchez, Miguel Lopez, Ding Royo, Boy Planas, Baby Janet


Romance comedy and musical blended into an entertaining sequel of Waray-Waray (1954) and Handang Matodas (1956) about a wacky couple, now parents to a set of twins. "Spectacular box-office blockbuster...Nida and Nestor at their merriest..." Daily Mirror, January 2, 1958



221. Pangako Ikaw Lang (2001)

Directed By:  Joyce Bernal               Story: Mel Mendoza Del Rosario


Cast:  Aga Muhlach, Regine Velasquez, Bobby Andrews, Robert Arevalo, Sherilyn Reyes, Bojo Molina, Charlie Davao, Evangeline Pascual, Ricci Ocampo, Lui Manansala,

Dencio Padilla Jr., Marie Barbacui, Rufa Mae Quinto


The story revolves around Cristina (Regine Velasquez), a flower shop owner taking care of his sick father who falls in love with Vince (Aga Muhlach), a handsome young man who run their family's business and is about to marry his girlfriend but upon meeting Cristina, there is something about her that moves him although Vince is not really sure if Cristina is already the girl for him. After introducing the two main characters, the movie proceeds to the mandatory cheesy courting stage, followed by the dramatic stage that will have a tragic turn. The film official theme song "Pangako" (Promise) is one of the most cheesy, romantic love songs of recent years.



222. Nakagapos Na Puso – Chained Hearts (1986)

Directed By:  Leroy Salvador             Screenplay:  Jose Javier Reyes, Marissa Tagasa


Cast:  Sharon Cuneta, Lorna Tolentino, Edu Manzano, Tonton Gutierrez, Sandy Andolong, Ronnie Ricketts, Rosa Rosal, Vina Morales, Gladys Reyes, Dawn Zulueta, Eddie Arenas, Amado Cortez, Eva Darren, Rose Ann Gonzales, Romeo Rivera



Sharon Cuneta stars as a young woman who all her life has lived under the shadow of her sister (Lorna Tolentino) a sister who is not only older but more assertive more intelligent and more appreciated. She knows that even with her best effort she cannot compete with her. Everything is fine with her she is after all more at peace with her kind of uncomplicated existence. But even the most submissive and most patient of people can only take so much. The day comes when she realizes that for her to live her own life she must end her meekness and learn to speak up.



Famous Line / Quote:

 “Inidolo kita, ate. Halos inilagay na kita sa pedestal. Sa konting utos mo lang natataranta na ako. Oo ate, oo ate. Puro na lang oo ate. Daig ko pa ang manikang de susi. Iginapos mo na nga ang aking mga paa’t kamay, pati puso ko, iginapos mo pa rin.” Sharon Cuneta



“Kung ginapos ko man ang puso mo, ang sa akin ay pinatay ko”Lorna Tolentino




Sabel (2004) Official Poster

223. Sabel (2004)

Directed By:  Joel Lamangan 



Cast:  Judy Ann Santos, Wendell Ramos, Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, Rio Locsin, Al Tantay, Allan Paule, Jeffrey Hidalgo, John Apacible, Danny Ramos, Jon Romano, Mon Confiado, Jim Pebanco, Dante Javier, Tom Olivar



After enduring a troubled childhood, a woman struggles to find herself in this provocative tale about life's vagaries and ultimate redemption. The film follows the emotional journey of Sabel (Judy Ann Santos), a complex woman portrayed as both bad and good, who permanently alters the lives of those in her orbit -- and who is eventually charged with murder. 




224. Mga Pusang Gala (2005)

Directed By:  Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil           Story and Screenplay:  Jun Lana



Cast:  Ricky Davao, Irma Adlawan, Reggie Curley, Lauren Novero, Alcris Galura, Justin De Leon, Joven Velasco, Ruby Ruiz, Ching Danseco, Laisa Gonzales, Jess Evardone, Gilvert Arevalo, Noel Miralles, Jennifer Tan, Carme Sanchez





STRAY CATS (PUSANG GALA) is an odd but in the end endearing mixture of cinematic styles, soap opera drama, tender little comedy, and hefty measures of relationship philosophy: perhaps this is the Filipino brand of magical realism. Based on a play by Jun Lana and adapted for the screen by Rody Vera and writer/director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, the movie boasts a fine little cast and it is the cast's commitment to the project that sets the film sailing.



Boyet (Ricky Davao), a mother-like gay man who takes in stray cats (including the human form), lives in an apartment complex: his next door neighbour is Martha (Irma Adlawan), a successful business woman whose evenings are usually spent alone pining for her often absentee boyfriend of five years, Steve (Reggie Curley). Martha and Boyet are close friends, to the point that Boyet's writing career is focused on the love tangles of Martha as well as his own absentee lover situation with the manipulative Dom (Lauren Novero). Boyet has a live-in 'son', JoJo (Alcris Galura), a lad whose street life as an abandoned boy has stuck the heart of the mothering Boyet. The story bounces between Boyet's and Martha's fantasies about their boyfriends' commitment problems, and while each of the two character's love lives are well defined (both straight and gay and in between!), the method of the story telling makes dissecting fact from fantasy a bit of a challenge. The ending of the film contains a twist that will surprise audiences who expect a light fluffy comedy.




225. Bilanggong Birhen - Imprisoned Virgin (1959) *

Directed By: Carlos Vander Tolosa



Cast: Amalia Fuentes, Romeo Vasquez, Lito Legaspi, Etang Discher, Rod Navarro



Bilanggong Birhen (Imprisoned Virgin), is a story about a young woman (Amalia Fuentes) who suffered from amnesia and could not remember anything. Thanks for the help of her friends (Jean Lopez) who work as a living mannequin model in a store in Manila.



(Rod Navarro) attempted to rape her upon the order of his mother (Etang Discher). The film also stars Romeo Vasquez who is Amalia Fuentes love interest in this movie. The movie is produced by the famed Sampaguita Pictures and was shown to public in 1959.




 Baron Geisler portrays the alter ego in Jay (2008)

226. Jay (2008)

Directed By:  Francis Xavier Pasion



Cast:  Baron Geisler, Coco Martin, Flor Salanga, Angelica Rivera, Rjay Payawal, J.C. Santos, Jericho Espiritu, Carlo Mendoza, Karla Pambid, Peewee O'Hara, Willy Cunanan, Ernie Enrique, Joven Gabuyo, Ryan Mark Molina, Chrome Prince Cosio,



Jay is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay recreates and examines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he unravels his subject's hidden life and secret love.

227. Despatsadora (Sales Lady or Store Attendant) (1955)
Directed By:   Tony Cayado

Cast:   Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Rosa Mia

Gloria played the secret daughter of a rich department store owner played by no less than the king of comedy himself, Dolphy. Dolphy's store is in the downturn and suspects some of his employees are stealing from him. So he decided to employ the only person he can trust, his daughter, as a despatsadora. Then she can spy on the other employees and find out who is the culprit. During her stay at the store, Gloria met Luis Gonzales, who was shopping for a polo shirt. Both felt an attraction for each other and Luis wasted no time and began using his charm, but in a "gentlemanly" manner.



228. Aladin (1946)

Directed By:  Vicente Salumbides                Screenplay:  Vicente Salumbides



Cast:  Norma Blancaflor, Jaime de la Rosa, Naty Bernardo, Salvador Saragoza, Jose Cris Soto, Vicente Salumbides, Charing Ong, Leroy Salvador, Gil de Leon, Juan Urbano, Canuplin, Menggay, Big Boy Diaz, Pamboy, Leonardo Taylor



The popular but original Aladin actually is a Chinese living in China in his incredible adventure.

229. El Robo (1956)
Directed By:  Manuel Conde

Cast:  Armando Goyena, Delia Razon, Carlos Padilla Jr. Jose Vergara, Charito De Leon, Oscar Keese, Eusebio Gomez, Dan Masinas

El Robo is the story of a hacienda landlord/patriarch and his feuding sons. Although it is primarily an action film, El Robo is also a tightly woven thriller - a story of mistrust and intrigue within a family, and the ever shifting alliances among its members. At the start of the film, in the middle of the night, a man breaks into the home of Don Silvestre Montenegro (Oscar Keese) and threatens to kill him. The man turns out to be Cleto (Dan Masinas), formerly a trusted aide, but who now seeks redress for the shame Don Silvestre has brought upon his sister Aurora, a local washerwoman (Charito de Leon). Cleto's plan is aborted when a maid barges into the room with the news that Don Silvestre's sick wife has just passed. Don Silvestre marries Aurora and takes her and their son, Rodrigo, to live in the hacienda, where they meet Don Silvestre's two sons by his dead wife, Lucio and Amado. The two boys are immediately filled with bitterness at this unexpected turn of events.



230. Asiong Aksaya (1977)

Directed By:  F.H. Constantino             Story:  Larry Alcala           Screenplay:  Ading Fernando



Cast:  Chiquito, Rosanna Ortiz, Baby Delgado, Matimtiman Cruz, Charlie Davao, Metring David, Golay, Ronnie Henares, Cecilia Lopez, Martin Marfil, Bukol Pangan, Roderick Paulate, Don Pepot, Chanda Romero, Bert LeRoy Jr.



Based on the popular comic strip by Larry Alcala, Asiong Aksaya (a title character played by Chiquito) is a screwball comedy about a man who just wants to waste anything and everything.






Scenes from the movie Magkapatid (2002)

231. Magkapatid  - Sisters(2002)

Directed By:  Joel Lamangan               

Story:  Mel Mendoza Del Rosario



Cast:  Sharon Cuneta, Judy Ann Santos, Christopher De Leon, Dingdong Dantes, Rosemarie Gil, Tony Mabesa, Mark Angelo Wilson, Cyrus Valdez, Alfred Labatos, Gigette Ryes, Michael Conan, Jim Pebanco, Angie Castrence, Czarina Lopez de Leon,





Cita (Sharon Cuneta) and Lisa (Judy Ann Santos) are not just sisters but the best of friends. The harmonious relationship is not only between the two siblings but also between their families especially their children. So when a tragedy hits the family, the ideal relationship turns into an ordeal not just for the sisters but for the people around them. Cita was so affected by the incident that she became indifferent, causing even her husband to give up on her. But after sometime, they realize the value of family and try to bring back the harmony in their lives.



Famous Line / Quote:

“Bayaran mo ng buhay ng anak mo ang buhay ng anak ko!"Sharon Cuneta To Judy Ann Santos



232. Annie Sabungera (1982)

Directed By: Pablo Santiago



Cast: Nora Aunor, Ace Vergel, Rey Valera, Marilou Bendigo, Nova Villa, Dencio Padilla, Chito Arceo, Amay Bisaya, Hero Bautista, Ramon D'Salva, Tony Santos, German Moreno, Tintoy, Dodong Gonzales, Protacio Dee



A heart-warming film with Nora Aunor as the title character woman cock fighter or engages in gaming fowl.



233. Kutob - English Subtitle: Foreboding (2005)

Directed By:  Jose Javier Reyes

Cast:  Rica Peralejo, Marvin Agustin, Alessandra De Rossi, Ryan Agoncillo, Ana Capri



The film is a story of obsession and psycho thriller drama. The film contains elements of horror and the supernatural without being overtly of those genres.




234. Ika-13 Kapitulo (2000)

Directed By:  Michael De Mesa


Cast:  Christopher De Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Albert Martinez, Cherie Gil, Anne Curtis, Chubi del Rosario, Delia Razon, Pinky Amador, Ernie Zarate, Amparo Sietereales, Jan Urbano, Rico Miguel, Chari Arespacochaga, Boy Tinio, Jessette Prospero




Every child is an angel and a blessing from God. The birth of Angela (Anne Curtis) brings tremendous joy to the couple David (Christopher de Leon) and Sara (Zsa Zsa Padilla). Angela would complete their union and makes them a complete family. But as Angela grows up she proves to be more of a curse than a blessing. And her grandmother Doña Aurora (Delia Razon) is sure about this but she is still searching for the perfect evidence. Angela herself is confused. What is going on and how can she control it? Angela is only sure of one thing though she does not want her power. Her childhood friend Gabriel (Chubi del Rosario) has always admired Angela. He has long been waiting for a chance to let her know how he feels. The time comes when the forces of evil take human forms in Ceasar (Albert Martinez) and Marge (Cherie Gil). Powered by their love for the young lady, David, Sara and Gabriel battle against the evil forces to save Angela from doom.


235. Panaghoy sa Suba (2004)

Directed By:  Cesar Montano



Cast:  Cesar Montano, Juliana Palermo, Jacky Woo, Philip Anthony



Panaghoy sa Suba, titled "The Call of the River" in English, also referred to as "Cry of the River" is an epic story set during the American Occupation (1898–1942) and the Japanese Occupation (1942–1945), shot amidst the virgin splendor of the island province of Bohol, Philippines, mostly along and around the Loboc River, which plays a significant role in the story. It is a mixture of action, drama, romance, and history.



236. Caregiver (2008)

Directed By:  Chito S. Roño

Cast:  Sharon Cuneta, John Estrada, Rica Peralejo, John Manalo. Sarah Gonzales



The film stars Sharon Cuneta who is portraying the role of Sarah, a mother who left her son in the Philippines and also a teacher who relinquished her profession in lieu of care giving in London, in hopes of augmenting her salary.


237. One True Love (2008) *

Directed By:  Mac Alejandre

Cast:  Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Bianca King

Migs Mijares (Dingdong Dantes) was so in love with Joy (Marian Rivera) that in less than a year, he asked for her hand in marriage. Even when Bela (Iza Calzado), the childhood sweetheart of Migs, returned from Canada and made an attempt to win him back, Migs's decision to marry his present girlfriend was resolute. But early on, a tragedy struck the blissful marriage of Migs and Joy.

Migs had an accident, which caused his isolated retrograde amnesia. His last memory was that of his first and ex-girlfriend, and he forgot everything about his wife. Joy did her best to bring things back to normal, but her husband could not feel any emotional connection with her. Migs could not take his mind off his first love. Meanwhile, Bela tried so hard to distance herself from Migs, but the latter was persistent.For her part, Joy became too interfering, always checking the whereabouts of her husband and monitoring his calls. This provoked Migs to make a choice: Be with his first love.

Joy made a last-ditch effort to save the marriage by talking to Bela but the meeting was futile.

At first, Migs and Bela were happy. But after a while, Migs started missing his wife. He became confused again, and slowly, he realized the girl who is his one true love.

238.  Ano ang Kulay ng Mukha ng Diyos? (1986) 
Directed By:  Lino Brocka

Cast:  Gina Alajar, Michael De Mesa, Edu Manzano, Caridad Sanchez, Katrin Gonzales, Vic Silayan, Joonee Gamboa, Subas Herrero, Jaime Fabregas



A street hustler falls in love with a bar girl. They get married, but separate when the guy gets meted a death sentence after gunning down a rich customer of the bar in a fit of jealousy. The bar girl bears the hustler's child. The child becomes blind at a tender age because she fails to get timely medical care when she contracts an illness. The kid sleeps on church pews at times.



The bar girl plies the flesh trade to make ends meet. She brefriends a beat reporter who shows genuine care for her and the kid. The reporter somewhat plans a reunion with the convicted hustler, the bar girl and the kid in prison. The hustler comes to his senses and belatedly realizes the importance of life. He takes his own, but not without first donating his eyes to his blind daughter. After an operation, the child regains her eyesight. Bar girl and reporter fall in love.



The genius of Brocka is his ability to humanize the proletariat, the dregs that society ignores and turns a blind and cynical eye on. Brocka shows us that there is love, hope and salvation even in crushing poverty and despair.



This movie is a fairy tale. Sentiment is played up and everything falls into place at the last frame. But the Filipino-ness of the feel and pulse of this movie, old as it is, jolts you into questioning your very character as a present-day citizen, living in the very city where the lives depicted in Mukha are as real and constant as Metro Manila's polluted air.

239. Dance o Rama (1962)
Directed By:  Tony Cayado

Cast:  Susan Roces, Jose Mari Gonzales, Rosemarie Sonora, Juvy Cachola, Dindo Fernando, Bert LeRoy Jr., Blanca Gomez, Pepito Rodriguez

Susan Roces is the leader and she and several of her girlfriends are boarding at Mrs. Payme's Dormitory. Mrs. Payme favors another young woman at the dorm who is the rival of Susan Roces for the affection of a young man (Jose Mari Gonzales) who has several guy friends. Pretty much you can tell that the group of guys and the group of girls are going to pair up, but Susan Roces has to fight against her rival to get her man.



240. Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (2013)

Directed By:  Lav Diaz



Cast:  Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz



Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan (North, History's Boundary) is a 2013 Philippine drama film directed by Lav Diaz, that explores themes of crime, class, and family in a marathon-length film format, totaling over four hours in length.



Norte, The End of History, set in modern-day Philippines, follows the story of a man by the name of Joaquin (Archie Alemania) who is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer, Fabian (Sid Lucero), is an intellectual who is frustrated with his country's never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict Joaquin is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.


241. Pag-asa  (1951)

Directed By:  Lamberto V. Avellana



Cast:  Priscilla Cellona, Armando Goyena, Ike Jarlego Jr., Rosa Aguirre, Gregorio Ticman, Naty Bernardo, Paco Zamora, Miniong Alvarez, Leonora Ruiz, Leony Recto



Celing (played by Priscilla Cellona in her first starring role) and her kid brother Piding (Ike Jarlego Jr) are recently orphaned and they come to Manila to find work in the home of their late parents' hacienda landlord (Paco Zamora). But they are treated miserably by the landlord's ill-tempered wife, Doña Esperanza (Naty Bernardo).



One night, Celing and Piding run away and end up in an amusement park where they meet Victor (Armando Goyena). He takes pity on them and brings them home to his mother (Rosa Aguirre). The old woman is quickly won over by the innate decency of Celing as well as the endearing self-confidence of the young boy, Piding. Celing turns out to have a good singing voice, and Victor's uncle (Gregorio Ticman) convinces the young woman to join an amateur radio singing contest. Celing becomes a success. Meanwhile, after reading about Celing's success in the papers one day, the scheming Doña Esperanza decides she must get her back. She threatens to sue and so Celing consents to return, especially because she thinks she means nothing to Victor at all.





Engaging romantic musicals of the 1940s, Mutya Ng Pasig (1949)

242. Mutya ng Pasig - Beauty of Pasig (1949)

Directed By:  Richard Abelardo                   Story:  Mar s. Torres



Cast:  Jose Padilla Jr., Rebecca Gonzales, Teody Belarmino, Delia Razon, Roger Nite, Lily Miraflor, Tony Dantes, Pat Salvador, Tolindoy, Angge, Luis San Juan, Tomas Esteban, Dimas Cortez



Mutya ng Pasig is a supernatural melodrama of a woman's misfortune and suffering interwoven with the legend of the Pasig. The legend itself is inspired by the immortal kundiman of the director's brother, Nicanor Abelardo. Mercedes (Rebecca Gonzales), aside from being the town's current mutya (fiesta queen), is about to be married to his childhood sweetheart (Roger Nite). Unknown to them, Dr. Modesto Millar (Jose Padilla Jr), is also secretly in love with Mercedes. One night, Modesto's house is robbed and the blame is placed on Mercedes' groom-to-be. He is arrested and imprisoned after which Modesto courts Mercedes and eventually marries her. When the former fiancé is finally released, gossip spreads about him and Mercedes. Nicanor Abelardo's Mutya Ng Pasig song is also the official theme song of this film of the same title.


243. Hong Kong Holiday (1957) *

Directed By:  Llorem



Cast: Gloria Romero, Ric Rodrigo, Paraluman, Dolphy, Daisy Romualdez, Liza Ferrer


Ana Lee (Gloria Romero), the daughter of one of the richest tycoons in Hong Kong and a direct descendant of the Lee Shiu Jiang dynasty, finds herself back in her home country after spending seven years abroad. She soon finds out that her father has betrothed her to one of his son's friends--- a Chinese tradition she has no control over. Spurning the thought of betrothal, Ana runs away and meets a trio of poor boaters living on the coasts of Hong Kong, led by Pak Tai Do (Dolphy). They welcome her and she becomes a boatwoman herself, ferrying people to and from their destinations. There she meets Robert (Ric Rodrigo), a rich Portuguese who falls for her beauty and rescues her from poverty. The two soon fall in love with each other, but it isn't long before word reaches Ana's father and Robert's ex-girlfriend, Dora (Paraluman) and both make things awry for Ana once more.



244. Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak (1967)

Directed By:  Luis Nepomuceno



Cast:  Charito Solis, Ric Rodrigo, Paraluman, Rod Navarro, Ben Perez, Liza Lorena, Grace Leonor, Henry Stevens, Matimtiman Cruz, Joseph de Cordova, Mary Walter, Pianing Vidal



Because of a Flower is a 1967 Philippine drama film directed by Luis Nepomuceno. The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


245. Florante at Laura (1949)

Directed By:  Vicente Salumbides                  Story:  Francisco Baltazar



Cast:  Leopoldo Salcedo, Celia Flor, Armando Goyena, Alfonso Carvajal



This film is based on the novel by Francisco Baltazar, Prince of Tagalog Poet and Novel. It is the love story of Florante and Laura in the fictional kingdom of Albania fighting against all odds and adversity in their relationship.



246. Batas ng Alipin – Law of the Slave (1958)

Directed By:  Octavio Silos                   Story: Pablo S. Gomez



Cast:  Ric Rodrigo, Lolita Rodriguez, Tito Galla, Liberty Ilagan, Pablo Guevarra, Isa Rino, Matimtiman Cruz, Priscilla Valdez, Eddie Gutierrez, Boy Alano, Aring Bautista




A notorious bandit who is unaware of his true identity in Diegong Tabak (1961)

247.  Diegong Tabak (1961) *

Directed By: Jose De Villa


Cast:  Leopoldo Salcedo, Vic Diaz, Fred Montilla, Lolita Rodriguez, Lito Legaspi, Tony Marzan, Liberty Ilagan, Eddie Garcia



          The bandit Rosario (Lolita Rodriguez) wants to avenge the death of his father Bargos (Eddie Garcia) on the occasion of the wedding of Manuel, her first love. She then take one of the twins of Manuel and raised him on her own and named her Diegong Tabak (Vic Vargas) or Diego Sword in English because he will lived by the sword.

          One time Diego heard about the plans of her adoptive mother, Rosario to kill Manuel upon his winning the election as a town mayor. He sought Manuel and attempt to kill him but Manuel stopped and the fighting ensues. Diego kidnapped Dolores who is unknown to him his twin sister. Menardo (Lito Legaspi), Dolores love interest comes to the rescue and fought Diego in a brawl to save Dolores. However their fighting stopped when one of the bandits told them that Rosario is about to be transferred to Muntinlupa jail. They made a deal that if they rescue Rosario, Diego will be spared and give Dolores her freedom.

          The daring rescue took place however Diego was wounded. Dolores helped to nurse him back to health and fell in love with her but it was found out by Menardo and fighting again ensues. Dolores stop their fighting and inform Diego that she love her like a brother. Later, Diego found out he is the long lost twin brother of Dolores.

          In the end, Rosario was killed and Diego was wounded and captured.



248. Pitong Gatang (1959) *

Directed By:  Efren Reyes



Cast:  Fernando Poe Jr., Zaldy Zshornack, Shirley Gorospe, Leonor Vergara



Two brothers from a simple family in a depressed area are striving to make life a little better for them. The elder (Fernando Poe Jr.) is a popular fist fighter of their community and the younger one (Zaldy) is a funny vendor who dreams of becoming a singer.



249. Niña Bonita (1954)

Directed By:  F.H. Constantino



Cast:  Jaime De La Rosa, Charito Solis, Milagros Naval, Gil De Leon, Eusebio Gomez, Arturo Moran, Joe Bautista, Johnny Legarda, Herminia Vicencio, Ben Alcantara, Eladia Corpus



This film is the Filipino adaptation of Frank Capra's It Happened One Night. In Niña Bonita, Charito portrays a rich but very spoiled girl who insists on marrying a man who is obviously only after her money. While holed up in their vacation house in Baguio, Charito manages to escape and in a bus, meets a seasoned newspaper reporter (Jaime de la Rosa), who is in dire need of a scoop. Their road adventure opens the young girl's eyes to life outside her sheltered existence, and she realizes she's got a lot of growing up to do.



250. MN (1954)

Directed By:  Mar S. Torres



Cast:  Carmen Rosales, Alicia Vergel, Oscar Moreno, Cesar Ramirez, Aruray, Panchito, Herminia Carranza, Apolonia Aguilar, Leleng Isla, Nenita Jana, Bert LeRoy Jr., Marcela Garcia, Clara Yumul, Ismael Espinosa, Nita Javier



MN stands for Marissa Navarro, a character played onscreen by screen legend Carmen Rosales. It tells the story of Marissa, a strict, heartless, domineering and fiery heiress and daughter of a wealthy landowner, who instills and sows fear among its populace. She gets the ire of one of the tenants, Ada (played by Alicia Vergel). However, she meets her match in Armando (Cesar Ramirez), another lowly tenant, and eventually falls in love with him. Marissa's strange character was a result of her sad experiences with another man, Oscar (played by Oscar Moreno).



251.  Saan Nagtatago Ang Pag-ibig (1987)

Directed By:  Eddie Garcia           Story:  Gilda Olvidado        Screenplay: Armando Lao



Cast:  Vilma Santos, Ricky Davao, Tonton Gutierrez, Cherrie Gil, Gloria Romero, Alicia Vergel. Alicia Alonzo, Perla Bautista, Jonee Gamboa, Rey Hipolito, Suzanne Gonzales, Eddie Arenas, Rose Rosado, Vangie Labalan



Stella got pregnant by boyfriend Rick. Unfortunately, Rick is not willing to gamble on his inheritance. He is tied up with a promise to his super snotty, super rich old grandmother that he have to finish law school before he can get any money. In order to avoid scandal Stella agreed to be married to Rick’s retarded brother, Val. Together with his adopted family Stella learned to love the retarded Val and at the same time discovered that Val is a product of infidelity that cause the suicide of Rick and Val’s father. Unfortunately, Stella’s new found love ended when Val accidentally fell from a window when he had a fight with his irrational brother one night.



Rick (Ricky Davao), an irresponsible, lecherous law student, always makes his brain-damaged half-brother Val (Tonton Gutierrez) his fall guy for fear of losing the inheritance from his wealthy authoritarian grandmother Doña Pacing (Alicia Vergel). By this time he makes Val marry his pregnant girlfriend Stella (Vilma Santos) to save her face and to mollify her parents. Bankrupt with their house facing forfeiture, their mother Carmen (Gloria Romero) is completely fearful and subservient to her intimidating mother in-law Doña Pacing who hates and blames her for the suicide of her son due to Carmen’s past indiscretion. Though trapped in her dire circumstances, Stella stays faithful to her marriage and tries to be a good wife by diligently teaching the childlike Val who finds comfort and love for Stella.



Famous Quote / Movie Line:

"Si Val! Si Val! Puro na lang si Val! Si Val na walang malay!" - Vilma Santos


252. Kerubin at Tulisang Pugot – Cherubim and the Headless Bandit (1953)

Directed By:  Octavio Silos



Cast:  Fred Montilla, Linda Estrella, Tessie Agana, Norma Vales, Rudy Francisco, Chichay Tolindoy, Panchito, Luis Gonzales, Imelda Concepcion, Francisco Cruz, Jose De Villa



Based on the popular series on Hiwaga Comics.


253. Balahibong Pusa (2001)

Directed By:  Yam Laranas     Story: Jay Abello     Screenplay: Yam Laranas

Cast: Joyce Jimenez, Elizabeth Oropesa, Julio Diaz, Jay Manalo, Rica Peralejo



Sarah (Joyce) is not happy about the idea of her mother Vivian (Elizabeth) getting married to Michael (Julio Diaz). But when she confronts her and Vivian describes how happy she is, Sarah eventually gives her consent. Sarah is hesitant about Michael though. She feels that Michael desires her but is helpless because he has Vivian's trust that Vivian even goes out of her way to the two comfortable with each other. All these Sarah confides to her ' friend' Nick (Jay Manalo) with whom she has a relationship which her mother disapproves of. Ironic but Nick also happens to be a mechanic at Michael's shop and is at the same time seeing Becky (Rica). What Michael witnesses one fateful night turns out to be a revelation which eventually decides their fate.



254. Parola (1949)

Directed By:  Jose Climaco



Cast:  Jaime dela Rosa, Norma Blancaflor, Gil de Leon, Oscar Obligacion, Priscilla Cellona, Naty Bernardo, Jaime Castellvi



Set against the backdrop of an isolated and solitary lighthouse in a remote island, Parola tells of a man named Juan Moreno (Jaime dela Rosa) falsely accused of murder and sentenced to a jail term. Believed to have been drowned along with the other prisoners in a shipwreck on their way to a penal colony, Juan was swept away on an island where Mang Pekto (Gil de Leon) and his family had isolated themselves. Pekto abandoned city life when he discovered his wife’s infidelity. He took refuge in this island with his daughters Lilian (Norma Blancaflor) and Estrella (Priscilla Cellona) and sister Lalia (Naty Bernardo).



After recuperating, Juan disguised himself as Juaning Marcelino. He soon fell in love with Lilian. However, Rolando (Jaime Castellvi), the captain of the ship that delivers supplies to the family, was also in love with Lilian. He found out Juan’s true identity and informed the authorities about it. Juan was arrested.



For a time, Juan’s case was reopened and with new evidence recovered, he was acquitted. Pekto and his family, on the other hand, went back to the city hoping to live a normal life. Juan and Lilian are eventually reconciled.


255.  Sabina (1962) *

Directed By:  Jose De Villa



Cast: Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Lito Legaspi, Gina Pareño, Bella Flores, Etang Discher, Charlie Davao, Boy Alano, Boy Garcia, German Moreno, Matimtiman Cruz,Nenita Navarro, Ven Medina



Sabina and her twin sister Vina (both played by Susan Roces) were left separately by their mother (who was also named Sabina) to different individuals. Sabina or Vinay was left by her mother to a friend named Macariong Putik (Jaime Javier) and Vina was left to Iska now named Baby Doll (Bella Flores).



Sabina Belmonte is a pretty young lass who live as rascal or petty burglar to satisfy their good for nothing uncle Macario Sakay. Unknown to her, she has a twin Vina who live under the loving care of her aunt (Bella Flores). They did not realize that they are heiress to the wealth left by their father. Their main rivals for the fortune is their grandmother’s, Doña Felicidad (Etang Discher) nephew Manuela (Nenita Navarro) and his son Mando (Rodolfo Garcia) who plan to kill the old woman to inherit the fortune. Their closest friend Eddie (Eddie Gutierrez) and Vergel (Lito Legaspi) together with Sabina's cousins Sulforina (Gina Pareño) and Nipis (German Moreno) helped to foil the evil plan of mother and son to scare and kill Doña Felicidad. In the end, Sabina falls end love with Eddie and Vina falls end love with Vergel who happens to be a wealthy spoiled brat.


256. Kerubin (1952)

Directed By:  Octavio Silos                     Story: Clodualdo Del Mundo Sr.



Cast:  Tessie Agana, Linda Estrella, Van De Leon, Chichay, Tolindoy, Jose De Villa, Bella Flores, Rebecca Gonzales



Kerubin is based on the popular Pinoy comic series.  St. Peter is exasperated with the antics of Kerubin, a mischievous little angel. So he sends Kerubin to Earth with the condition that she cannot return to heaven until she makes one sad soul happy. Kerubin settles on Anastacia, a young housewife who wants to have a child but cannot and whose husband is beginning to have a wandering eye.





A political satire that is still happening up to this day with Dolphy as one of the all too good to be true mayoral candidate in Kandidatong Pulpol (1961)

257. Kandidatong Pulpol – Lame Candidate (1961)

Directed By: Tony Cayado



Cast:  Dolphy, Panchito, Greg Martin Jean Lopez, Patsy, Horacio Morelos, Meldy Corrales, Johnny Misa, Mitos Seva, Lillian Laing, Cora Maceda, Nena Perez Rubio



The 1961 classic comedy, "Kandidatong Pulpol," a parody or lampoon on our election we Pinoys/ Filipinos can identify with and laugh about. It tells of four ridiculous and outrageous candidates, Dolphy of Partido Lagay, Panchito of Partido Bigay Nang Bigay, Patsy of Partido Mabuhay and Horacio Morelos of Partido Unang Sigaw, fighting it out for the town mayor.



258.  Sisid (2001)

Directed By:  Joey Romero



Cast:  Raymond Bagatsing, Rodel Velayo, Assunta de Rossi, Nanding Josef, Flora Gasser, Archie Ventosa, Ben Sagmit, Karen Montelibano, Mark Mendez, Shane Caballes, Jon Romano



In this very intriguing Pinoy Bold Movie, Sisid deals with the story of Fidel (Rodel Velayo) who was so obsessed with the beauty of Rio.  He has no choice but to kidnap Rio (Assunta de Rossi), the woman he has fallen in love with.  He kidnapped her and made love to her out of her own freewill. When he got out of jail five years later, he started looking for her again.  He finally found her working in a Night Club under the name Lily.  Lily fell in love with Nonoy (Raymond Bagatsing), a struggling videographer.  She told him about Fidel who she thinks has gone crazy insisting her to be Rio.



When their world intertwined, life-changing secrets will have to be revealed.



259. Mr.Kasintahan – Mister Suitor (1953)

Directed By: Nardo Vercudia



Cast:  Gloria Romero, Ramon Revilla,Rebecca Del Rio, Chichay, Tolindoy, Horacio Morelos



260. Mga Reyna ng Vicks (1957)

Directed By: Mar S. Torres



Cast:  Gloria Romero, Rita Gomez, Amaalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, Ric Rodrigo, Luis Gonzales, Juancho Gutierrez, Romeo Vasquez, Dolphy



          Four women competing for the title of "Reyna Ng Vicks" (Queen of Vicks) by sharing their sob love stories in the audience. The one with the most dramatic love story will win the title and make her story into a film. Vicks vapor rub ointment is the sponsor of the contest.

          First story was that of Susan Villamayor (Susan Roces) who is deeply in love and obsessed with Romeo (Romeo Vasquez). She will just do anything to get him even if she needs to lie,  and get into trouble with other women who will try to get her man. One time she asked her friend to call Romeo that tell him that she (Susan Villamayor) met a freak accident making her ill in the hospital in an attempt to foil the meeting of Romeo and her sweetheart Angela however what happened is otherwise. Romeo met a freak accident on his way to visit Susan in the hospital who pretends to be ill. Susan and her friend visit Romeo and in the hospital and ask for forgiveness for what she did.

          Second story was that of Amalia Macairog (Amalia Fuentes) who is a boyish beautiful young lady and Juancho (Juancho Gutierrez) who is a mama's boy with supervision of her religious mother. Amalia is an ordinary woman common people while Juancho came from a noble upper class family.

          The next was that of Rita Villamor (Rita Gomez), an heiress who inherit the wealth of his father upon his death. She married her first love Luis, the son of a farmer. He could not live up to her lavish lifestyle. He then left her and give her the freedom she wants. Amalia again met (Eddie Garcia) in a dance hall and begins flirting with her but she realizes uses for his own profit. She returned to her husband Luis who is working in their farm remorseful asking for his forgiveness.

         Finally, Luisa Estrella (Gloria Romero) narrates her heartbreaking experience during World War II. She needs to pretend as husband to Roberto to receive her reward of 500,000 pesos for helping and to pay it as a ransom to save his father from being executed by Japanese however her father arrived at the house of Roberto where they stay. Since then, Roberto and Luisa fall in love with each other.

          In the end, Susan was forgiven and reunited with her love, Romeo same with Rita and Luis, Luisa and Roberto and even the bitter of enemies Amalia and Juancho.


The sing and dance number in the film is one of the most memorable musical sequence in Philippine cinema history.



261. Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir (2013)

Directed By:  Francis O. Villacorta                   Story By:  Francis O. Villacorta



Cast:  Rocco Nacino, Christian Vazquez, Jestoni Alarcon, Ryan Eigenmann, Robert Correa, Victor Basa, Mercedes Cabral



Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, also known as Journey of a Young Saint is a 2013 Philippine biographical film depicting the life and martyrdom of Saint Pedro Calungsod, the first Filipino saint from Iloilo and the rest of the Visayas.



262. Nag-uumpugang Bato – Colliding Rock (1961) *

Directed By:  Pablo Santiago



Cast:  Zaldy Zshornack, Joseph Estrada, Max Alvarado, Anita Linda, Robert Tampos, Vilma Valera, Ben Perez



263. Alyas Sakay (1961)

Directed By:  Ding M. De Jesus



Cast:  Mario Montenegro, Gloria Romero, Fred Montilla, Tony Marzan, Tito Galla, Zeny Zabala



This historical film is about the life story of Macario Sakay (Mario Montenegro) the President of the Tagalog Republic, a barber from Tondo who led a pocket rebellion in Laguna against the American colonizers. To the ordinary people, the long-haired Sakay was some kind of folk hero, but to the American authorities he was a bandit, a murderer, a thief out to be captured and killed.

264. Oh Sendang (1960)
Directed By:   Fred Daluz       Story:   Virgilio 'Beer' Flores

Cast: Pugo, Bentot, Sylvia La Torre, Eddie San Jose, Rosa Aguirre, Ric Tierro, Willie Sotelo, Liza Moreno, Jose Vergara


265. Tahimik Ngunit Mapanganib – Silent But Dangerous (1962)

Directed By: Alex M. Sunga



Cast:  Fernando Poe, Jr., Fe Galvez, Rosario del Pilar, Nemia Velasco, Martin Marfil, Bert Olivar, Manolo Robles, Ruben de Jesus and Jess Lapid



He was quiet... as quiet as a grenade with the pin off... this young man who has to battle his own countrymen... so he could conquer his country's enemy," says the blurb in this 1963 war movie, Tahimik Nguni't Mapaganib. Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as a soldier holed up with his six comrades, surrounded by Japanese forces.



266. Kaaway ng Babae – Enemy of Women (1947)

Directed By:  Nemesio E. Caravana                 Story and Screenplay: Nemesio E. Caravana                

Cast:  Jose Padilla Jr., Lilia Dizon, Alfonso Carvajal, Armando Goyena, Bayani, Angge, Bino Martinez, Zony Quizon, Amandita, Dolly Garcia, Carmencita Palma, Mary Lou Ramos, Ana Serrano, Armando Canseco, Luis San Juan

A prominent local critic, while watching Kaaway ng Babae for the first time in 1988, made this remark, supposedly in jest: "This is probably the first Filipino gay film, but the filmmakers weren't aware of it." Kaaway ng Babae is not a gay film, of course, but a light farce about a woman-hater, perhaps even a black comedy, wherein a prominent society bachelor, Daniel Ricamora (Jose Padilla Jr), after his third and most traumatic experience with a woman, decides to turn his back on womankind for the rest of his life. "Sumpain ang mga babae!," he exclaims. Together with his best male buddies, Daniel makes everyone take a solemn vow to curse all women: "Kaming mga kaaway ng babae ay buong pusong sumusumpa... na tatalikod nang lubusan sa mga naka baro't saya!". The group goes on a self-imposed exile to an island owned by Daniel's family and Daniel immediately instructs the island's caretaker, Mang Pedro, to rid the entire island of all women. Mang Pedro quickly cuts off the hair of his lovely daughter, Lydia (Lilia Dizon), and dresses her up like a man. She changes her name to Tenorio and is introduced to Daniel. To her surprise, he makes her his bodyguard.
267. Diwang Kayumanggi: Prinsesang Mandirigma (1975)
Directed By:  Johnny Pangilinan, Manuel Songco

Cast: Jun Aristorenas, Susan Henson, Dante Varona, Eddie Garcia, Rudy Fernandez, Celia Fuentes, Perry Baltazar

268. Kasal o Sakal – Marriage or Strangulation (1963) 
Directed By:  Johnny Reyes                  Story: Pedrito Reyes                  Screenplay:  Johnny Reyes

Cast:  Hector Reyes, Chichay, Oscar Keesee, Lito Anzures, Aruray, Pablo Virtuoso, Benny Mack, Max Araga, Hector Molina, Paquito Salcedo

Screwball comedy about an arranged or fixed marriage.

269. Tatlong Labuyo (1952)

Directed By:  Richard Abelardo                  Story: Carlos Francisco



Cast: Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro, Tony Santos, Alfonso Carvajal, Letty Alonso



270. Sabungera - Cockfighter (1954) *

Directed By: Tony Cayado  



Cast:  Lolita Rodriguez, Ric Rodrigo, Dolphy, Boy Alano, Rosa Mia, Rebecca Del Rio, Horacio Morelos, Jose De Villa



  Funny film about a woman cockfighter or gambling game fowls





Cavalry Command (1958) is a nationalist propaganda and tackles critical issues at the time

271. Cavalry Command (1958)

Directed By:  Eddie Romero



Cast:  John Agar, Richard Arlen, Myron Healey, William Phipps, Alicia Vergel, Pancho Magalona, Eddie Infante, Cielito Legaspi,Roy Planas



An American cavalry brigade is sent to occupy a small Filipino village in 1902 and quell guerilla resistance in the surrounding jungle. Working with the people to build roads, schools, and bridges, they prove that the most important thing an army can have is "good will and integrity."An angry Philippine nationalist stops the planned rebellion against United States forces during the American occupation in 1902, after seeing the Americans helping his people with food and medicine. Written and directed by Eddie Romero. It is 80 minutes long and is in color. Stars John Agar, Richard Arlen, and Myron Healey. This was a joint U.S. and Philippine production shot entirely in the Philippines.

272. Boksingera Daw (1956)
Directed By:   Octavio Silos       Story:   Mars Ravelo

Cast:  Susan Roces, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy, Panchito, Nelly Baylon, Pacita Arana, Precy Ortega, Priscilla Concepcion

Boksingera was supposed to be for action queen of the 50s Alicia Vergel but when she got married to Cesar Ramirez, she was not able to do it. At that time, Susan Roces was just discovered by Doc Perez and eventually, the role was given to her. It was supposed to be Susan's launching movie but the producer decided to release it at a later date because Susan was not yet known by the public at that time. So, Doc Perez introduced Susan first in Miss Tilapia. Together with the newly-discovered actor Romeo Vasquez, they played second lead to Gloria Romero and Ric Rodrigo. In the komiks serial, Boksingera was an action-drama novel fitted for Alicia Vergel but when she declined to do the movie, the storyline was changed to suit Ms. Roces and the producer decided to make it as a comedy-drama movie, and they added "Daw!" to the title of the movie.





273. Filipinas (2003)

Directed By:  Joel Lamangan



Cast:  Armida Siguion-Reyna, Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Aiko Melendez, Dawn Zulueta, Victor Neri , Wendell Ramos, Raymond Bagatsing, Daniel Fernando, Andrea Del Rosario, Sunshine Dizon, Tanya Garcia, Anne Curtis, Sarah Geronimo, Richard Quan



Florensia Filipinas (Armida Reyna), a mother of 3 daughters and 3 sons, faces a problem regarding her own family. Florensia is living with her oldest daughter, Yolanda Filipinas (Maricel Soriano). Yolanda is a martyr and soft-hearted daughter who devoted her time taking care for her mother. Yolanda drops her dreams and ambitions, even her own life for her mother. The problem arises when Samuel Filipinas (Richard Gomez), the oldest son, together with his son and daughter came back from America. Samuel and Eman Filipinas (Victor Neri), a communist and acclaimed leader of Filipino revolutionist, always quarrel regarding the current conflict of the Philippines. Problems pile-up, from the near bankruptcy of their business, the death of Narciso Filipinas (Wendell Ramos), youngest son and a military official, and more conflict among family members. Florensia, carrying all of the problems, got into comma. Conflict among family members, different idealism and hatred towards each other are the problems to be solved by the Filipinas family. The movie tells us that despite the failure in faith with our institutions like military and the church, there’s one left where we can lean on and trust—the institution of the family.



274. Kristo (1996)

Directed By:  Ben Yalung                   

Story: Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Ruben Arthur Nicdao, Ben Yalung



Cast:  Matt Ranillo III, Charmaine Rivera, Amy Austria, Ruel Vernal, Rez Cortez, Michael Locsin, Gabby Concepción, Rachel Lobangco, Paquito Díaz, Sheila Ysrael, Lindsay Custodio, Aga Muhlach, Silvia Sanchez, Ricky Davao, Dante Rivero, Maryo J. de los Reyes, Tony Mabesa, Lou Veloso, Romy Rivera, Maila Gumila, Rudy Fernández, Lorna Tolentino, Gardo Versoza, Christopher de León



Kristo is a 1996 Filipino cinematic interpretation of the life of Jesus Christ.



The narrative of Kristo is based on the combined Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but imagined as occurring in classical Filipino society with ethnic elements and some aspects of Ancient Rome and first-century Judaea. Kristo was shot in various locations such as Intramuros, Lawton and Luneta in Manila, as well as in Laguna and Pampanga.



The film starts with an open book presenting the Nativity of Jesus in the form of illustrations. Live action scenes or the flow of the story follows the next page 30 years after, beginning with the preaching of John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Kristo cycles through the various episodes in Christ's ministry, his death, and resurrection, ending with his ascension and its illustrated version on the last page with a Biblical message.




275. The Young At Heart (1970)

Directed By:  Danny Holmsen



Cast:  Rosemarie Sonora, Ricky Belmonte, Nora Aunor, Tirso Cruz III, German Moreno, Maria Leonora Theresa, Ike Lozada, Inday Badiday    


This is one of two Nora Aunor entries to the 1970 Manila Film Festival. The other was Nora in Wonderland. It was around this time when the battle for Nora Aunor's services started between Sampaguita and Tower Productions. Young at Heart was Sampaguita's entry while Nora in Wonderland was Tower Productions. During the Parade of Stars, Nora rode with her Wonderland leading man Manny de Leon while Tirso rode with Nora's substitute, the doll Maria Leonora Theresa.


276. Pretty Boy (1957) *

Directed By: Armando Garces



Cast:  Romeo Vasquez, Van de Leon, Amalia Fuentes, Rosa Mia, Rod Navarro, Zeny Zabala



Brides of Sulu (1934) is the earliest existing and surviving Filipino pre-war movie. All Filipino silent movies of the 1920s were believed to be destroyed by a fire in the 1930s and during the World War II.


277. Brides of Sulu (1934)
Directed By:  John Nelson

Cast:  Adelina Moreno, Eduardo De Castro, Armanda Mangbitang, Gregorio Ticman


Two island lovers--both of opposing religions--fall in love and flee to a remote island. Warriors from the girl's tribe put to sea in an effort to track them down. Trouble soon follows.



278. Victory Joe (1946)

Directed By:  Manuel Silos



Cast:  Rogelio de la Rosa, Norma Blancaflor, Art Cantrell, Jose Cris Soto, Amelita Sol, Pilar Garcia   



A comedy of errors where two military officers, one an American (Art Cantrell), the other a Filipino (Rogelio dela Rosa) vie for the love of a pretty provincial girl (Norma Blancaflor). Believing that her boyfriend has been killed in the war, Norma becomes receptive to being courted by the American, and she becomes the object of gossip. Filipinas who went around with American G.I.s were considered 'loose' or hanggang piyer lamang. The film also shows Manila right after the war's end, a large part in ruins. Significant comic spice is injected by Monang Carvajal who is enthralled by anything American, and Jose Cris Soto, a popular comic actor during his time.




279. Mano Po 2: My Home (2003)

Directed By: Erik Matti



Cast:  Susan Roces, Christopher De Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Kris Aquino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Judy Ann Santos, Carmina Villaroel, Jay Manalo, Cogie Domingo, Richard Gutierrez, Alessandra de Rossi, Karylle, Chynna Ortaleza, Angel Locsin, Zoren Legaspi



Antonio Chan, a prominent Chinese businessman, has three women in his life Sol, a Filipina; Lu Shui, a Chinese; and Belinda, a Filipino-Chinese. Antonio has children with all three women. A crisis shakes up the over-extended Tsinoy family prompting all the members to re-examine their values, their relationships, and confront issues that they have refused to face all these years. With Mano Po 2: My Home, Regal Entertainments continues the tradition established by the critical and box-office hit Mano Po. It features strong dramatic performances from a stellar ensemble cast, lush visuals, a reverberating musical score, an unforgettable theme song, and a heart-warming screenplay that eloquently captures the rich Tsinoy culture. Laugh, cry, and be touched by this family story about forgiveness, healing and undying love.



280. DoReMi (1996)

Directed By:  Ike Jarlego Jr.



Cast:  Donna Cruz, Regine Velasquez, Mikee Cojuangco, Gloria Romero, Gary Estrada, Anthony Cortez, Melisse Santiago, Lee Robin Salazar, Berting Labra, Lorli Villanueva, Evangeline Pascual, Ramil Rodriguez, Ricky Rivero, Gerard Faisan, Carlos Ramirez I, Carlos Ramirez II, Elaine Kemuel, Archie Adamos



In an attempt to salvage their group's music career, Reggie Mendoza (Regine Velasquez), a self-confessed lola's girl, and Mikki Tolentino (Mikee Cojuangco), a man-hating tomboy and breadwinner of her family, discover Donnette Legaspi, a vain, glorious and spoiled rich girl, to be part of their musical trio, DoReMi. Despite their drastic differences in both their personalities and principles, their shared love for music allowed them to consider pursuing a music career in Japan, only to figure out in an interrogation at the local airport that a fly-by-night recruitment agency had falsified their documents and faked their passports. Due to this mishap, the girls travel to an unknown rural province, putting themselves in a self-imposed exile after the embarrassment they faced after chasing their dreams. While still considering the idea of becoming successful in the music industry, the girls help convert a small local restaurant into a mini bar where they can perform to sustain their daily needs and expenses. Their successful stint as vocal performers consistently draw huge crowds and their popularity in the area attracted several record executives to sign them for a recording contract. On the day of the group's contract signing, both Donnette and Mikki back out from signing the record deal, leaving a disheartened Reggie as a solo act. As Reggie pursued a career as a successful solo singer, Donnette channeled her efforts to help orphans and other abused children in social welfare, and Mikki, started her own family, and food business with Toto (Gary Estrada), whom she met and fell in love with in the province. In a charitable gala where all three of them unknowingly participate in, the girls are brought together once more as they perform the song they co-wrote together.



281. Prinsesang Gusgusin – Dirty Princess (1957)

Directed By: Carlos Vander Tolosa



Cast:  Romeo Vasquez, Susan Roces, Tito Galla, Nelly Baylon, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Rod Navarro, Etang Discher, Georgie Quizon, Bert Olivar, Nancy Carlos

Philippine version of Cinderella type of story. A young lovely lass is being maltreated by her other sisters but one day a beggar predicted she will marry a prince. 



282. D'Anothers (2005)

Directed By:  Joyce Bernal



Cast:  Toni Gonzaga, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang, Maja Salvador, John Prats, Jhong Hilario, Dominic Ochoa, Roxanne Guinoo, Neri Naig, Michelle Madrigal,Joross Gamboa, Mura, Jaime Fabregas, Jill Yulo, Arlene Muhlach, Archie Alemania, Tado, Bella Flores, Pinky Amador, Dennis Padilla, Marjorie Barretto, Mosang, Jojit Lorenzo, Piolo Pascual, Rufa Mae Quinto, Catherine Lomtong, James Dallas, Odette Khan



D' Anothers is a 2005 comedy-horror film starring Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga.



The Resurreccion's ancestral mansion is believed to have a portal to the other world. Every quarter of a century, it must be opened by a chosen member of the clan, known as "The One", to enable stranded ghosts to cross over to the afterlife. With no surviving clan member opening the portal in the past 100 years, ghosts have overcrowded the now-abandoned mansion.



Hesus Resurreccion (Vhong Navarro) is about to find out that he is The One but he is afraid of ghosts. When he inherits the mansion, he wants to sell it immediately but it isn't that easy since people believe the mansion is haunted. He totally freaks out when he learns that the people he sees in the mansion are all ghosts.



Hesus has no choice but to fulfill his mission as The One. As he spends more time with the ghosts, he realizes that they are not scary at all and even enjoys their company.



In the end Hesus got the key and opened the portal.



283. Baby Tsina (1984)

Directed By:  Marilou Diaz-Abaya



Cast:  Vilma Santos, Rez Cortez, Rolando Tinio, Zeny Zabala, Cecille Castillo, Chanda Romero, Len Santos, J.J. Zorilla, Gamaliel Viray, Raquel Villavicencio, Jograd de la Torre, Johnny Delgado, Dorothy Pal, Romy Romulo, Rago Apollo



Alyas Baby Tsina/Alias Baby China (1984) was based on a true legal story of Evelyn Duave Ortega, aka Baby Tsina.  (She was called this alias in court documents because she looked Chinese.  Otherwise there are no references to anything Chinese in her story or the film.)  Duave was found guilty in 1971 of murder, and several appeals while on death row culminated in a Supreme Court decision seven years later that declared her innocent and released her from prison.



284. Bituing Marikit – Beautiful Star (1956) *

Directed By:  Carlos Vander Tolosa



Cast:  Dolphy, Amalia Fuentes, Juancho Gutierrez, Daisy Romualdez.



A remake of the 1938 film, Bituing Marikit is a lovelorn story of beautiful singers.





285. Mga Ligaw Na Bulaklak – Stray Flowers (1957)

Directed By:  Tony Cayado              Story:  Pablo S. Gomez             Screenplay:  Emmanuel H. Borlaza



Cast:  Susan Roces, Romeo Vasquez, Daisy Romualdez, Tony Marzan, Eddie Garcia, Marlene Dauden, Nelly Baylon, Bella Flores, Martin Marfil, Bert Olivar, Nori Dalisay




A story which explores the dark and dangerous dealings of the Manila underworld.




286. Wanted: Perfect Mother (1996)

Directed By:  Ike Jarlego Jr.



Cast: Christopher De Leon, Regine Velasquez , Bing Loyzaga, Bobby Andrews, Kate Gomez, Mandy Ochoa, Winnie Cordero, Kim de los Santos, Harold Macasero, Jay-Ar De Luna, Melissa Santiago, Nina Josie Tagle, Marilen Sakay, Philip Lazaro, Ferdie Lagman   



A decent remake of Mars Ravelo's Wanted Perfect Mother, in which Regine Velasquez (Sam), hired initially as a music teacher but later became a private tutor of Dante's (Christopher de Leon) 4 kids, after his wife died.



The difficulties of raising children and how Sam was able to win the children's hearts are well executed in Ike Jarlego's movie.





287. Sandra (1959)
Directed By: Jose De Villa



Cast: Carmen Rosales, Leopoldo Salcedo, Tony Marzan, Rosa Mia, Pablo Guevarra

Sandra Belmonte played by Carmen Rosales is a fading old actress who recounts her foiled marriage to a sadistic fellow actor she partners which led to her series of misfortune thereafter. Didang the black servant is Sandra's real mother.



288. Dubai (2005) *

Directed By:  Rory B. Quintos



Cast:  Aga Muhlach, Claudine Barretto, John Lloyd Cruz, Mico Aytona, Phoemela Baranda, Ana Capri, Mymy Davao, Michael de Mesa, John Manalo, Pokwang, Dimples Romana, Quay Evano, Jinkee Buzon-Castillo



Dubai is a 2005 box office Filipino drama film shot in the country of United Arab Emirates that tackles a story about Overseas Filipino Workers, more specifically about three lives unexpectedly connected by friendship and love. Starring Aga Muhlach and John Lloyd Cruz who play as brothers, and Claudine Barretto, who plays the woman with whom the two men fell in love at the same time.




289. Kastilyong Buhangin - Castle of Sand (1980)

Directed By:  Mario O'Hara                     Story By:  Mely Tagasa



Cast:  Nora Aunor, Lito Lapid, Tonio Gutierrez, Metring David, Allan Bautista, Mario Escudero, Soxy Topacio, Bella Flores, Mely Mallari, Edwin O'Hara, Chiqui del Carmen, Robert "Toffy" Padua, Maila Marcelo, Joel Lamangan, Eddie Nicart




Mario O'Hara's "Kastilyong Buhangin" (Castle of Sand, 1980) is the story of two children, a boy and a girl.  The boy lives with his mother (theater and radio actress Metring David); the girl is an orphan, and suffers under a stepmother (Bella Flores) and her lover (Mario's brother and character actor Edwin O'Hara), a drunkenly violent man who beats the girl every chance he gets.  At one point, the girl confesses that she envies the boy, who has many dreams and seems to be going somewhere; she, on the other hand, has no place to go.  The boy chides the girl, and tells her that he'll always take care of her, no matter what.  And so their fates are sealed...



290. Eternity (2006)

Directed By:  Mark A. Reyes



Cast:  Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Mark Herras, Jennylyn Mercado, Hilda Koronel, Jaclyn Jose, Bobby Andrews, Jaime Fabregas, Arthur Solinap, Paw Diaz, Boomboom Gonzales, Michael Roy Jornales,



Meagan (Jennylyn Mercado) is barred from seeing Cholo (Mark Herras), whose father had a hand in killing hers. And more than a century ago, Crisanto (Dingdong Dantes) and Milagros (Iza Calzado) also fell in love, despite their feuding families. Do the four young lovers have some kind of cosmic connection? Intoxicating yet harrowing, these twin tales of forbidden romance set in the Philippines prove that love can transcend time, if you let it.



Eternity is an epic romance about a pair of star-crossed lovers Crisanto (Dingdong Dantes) and Milagros (Iza Calzado) and how true love transcends different lifetimes. In the face of family hostilities and atrocities, the two continue to fight for their love until the bitter end. Cholo (Mark Herras) and Maegan (Jennylyn Mercado) are two different people with different backgrounds, finding each other as if by fate. It's as if they've known each other all their lives! But the young lovers' romance is thwarted by their respective families' deep-rooted dislike for each other. Will history repeat itself? Or will love finally conquer all the odds this time around?



291. Huling Dalangin – Last Prayer (1947) *

Directed By: Susana C. De Guzman



Cast: Tony Arnaldo, Norma Blancaflor, Rosa Rosal, Jose Cris Sotto, Victor Sevilla, Eusebio Gomez, Engracio Ibarra, Justina David, Eliseo Carvajal, Mike Accion, Constancio de Guzman

Daniel and his wife Celia is struggling to make ends meet. After the land he is working on as a farmer is sold by the owner to a businessman, Daniel was sent to Manila to work in a shoe factory. After quite sometime, Lilia Jacinto, the daughter of the owner replaced his father in managing the factory. Lilia then falls in love with the young, handsome and lean man Daniel. Celia's health declines upon learning of Daniel and Lilia's affair and serious relationship. She then decided to just break up with Daniel so he can live happily with Lilia while she takes care of her family. Later, Daniel learned about his wife worsening health condition and only him and their son could make her strong and recover back to good health. Celia then say her "Huling Dalangin" last prayer that his husband and son would be happier before she commits suicide but she was stopped by her husband before she can stab herself asking for her forgiveness and start a new life again as a normal happy family.



292. 10,000 Hours (2013)

Directed By:  Joyce Bernal



Cast:  Robin Padilla, Bela Padilla, Pen Medina, Joem Bascon, Michael de Mesa, Mylene Dizon, Carla Humphries, Bibeth Orteza, Cholo Barretto



In 2010, Sen. Gabriel Alcaraz prepares a privilege speech revealing details of a corruption scam at the highest levels of the government, implicating President Genoviva Obrero. However, on the day he is prepared to deliver the speech at the Senate, a close ally, NBI director San Juan, is assassinated while trying to warn him of a plan to arrest him. Undaunted, Alcaraz leaves his family and slips out of the Senate complex just as a police detail led by his old colleague, Director Dante Cristobal, move in to serve the warrant. He heads to the NAIA airport, but knowing that the police are waiting for him there, slips out of the country aboard a ship with help from TV reporter Maya Limchauco and an associate of the NBI chief. He arrives in Amsterdam, where Isabelle Manahan, a Filipino expatriate who works with the UN, shelters the senator but discourages him against contacting his loved ones back home; the family falls into despair from the backlash over his escape.



Flashbacks over the course of the film reveal that Alcaraz, Cristobal and San Juan were partners in the police force, who were assigned in 1986 to rescue Manahan who was then kidnapped by an erring judge. A police informer, Sebastian Jago, helped in saving Manahan. The judge is arrested but ten years later, he attempts to kill Alcaraz and his family for being the source of his woes; Alcaraz actually killed him in self-defense. Now hiding in the Netherlands, Jago is sought by Alcaraz to come home and clear his name, using a picture of his daughter and newborn grandson as encouragement.



The authorities alert Interpol about Alcaraz and gradually zero in on his location. The discovery of his whereabouts triggers his wife's stroke as Cristobal and Limchauco separately fly to the Netherlands to find him. Manahan provides Alcaraz and Jago with separate tickets to fly back to the Philippines. Limchauco successfully helps Alcaraz avoid Cristobal and the Dutch police, but wants to kill him instead to avenge her father's death. Alcaraz convinces her to get the whole story from Manahan and help Jago as he comes clean back in the Philippines.



Approximately 10,000 hours - one year, one month, and one week - after leaving the Philippines, Alcaraz flies back by private plane and reunites with his family. He plays over Maya's news show an audiotape Jago preserved for years, which names many corrupt government officials. However, nearly all of them are dead under various circumstances while a petty thug kills Jago in his cell and is subsequently silenced by a prison guard. The police chief, who hired the thug and the prison guard, tells President Obrero that another of the named officials is about to die of a stroke.






293. Close To You (2006)

Directed By:  Cathy Garcia-Molina



Cast:  John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo, Sam Milby, Melanie Marquez, Boboy Garovillo, Tetchie Agbayani, Nova Villa, Carine Cebebe, Reyson Yap, Cacai Bautista, Joanne Quintas, Chris Cayzer, Geoff Pascual, Mark Lawrence Chua, Dave Harvey Bencito, Glaiza De Castro



Manuel and Marian have been best friends since they were kids. They are so close that they know each other's secrets...well, almost. For the last 16 years, Manuel never had the courage to tell Marian how much he loves her.



On the other hand, Marian sees Manuel as no more than her best friend. Marian's greatest love has always been Lance (Sam), a classmate who protected her from bullies back in grade school. Ever since Lance and his family migrated abroad ten years ago, Marian never had the chance to establish contact with him again. The only thing that Marian knows is that Lance has become the lead singer of the new rock band, Orion.



Good fortune smiles on Marian when Orion decides to tour the Philippines. Marian is intent on seeing Lance again, and she brings Manuel with her on a chase that brings them around the Philippines and abroad. Manuel believes that the whole chase is futile because a popular star like Lance will not remember a simple girl like Marian, but Marian does not believe him.



When Lance and Marian finally meet again, sparks fly between them. Manuel now has to decide - Will he let his best friend be happy with her Prince Charming, or will he fight for the love that has kept him alive for the last 16 years?



294. Si Adiang Waray (1962)

Directed By:  Abraham Cruz



Cast:  Nida Blanca, Panchito, Gloria Sevilla, Vicente Liwanag, Vic Andaya, Angel Confiado, Sandra Santiago, German Moreno, Rosa Santos

295. Dalawang Kalbaryo ni Dr. Mendez (1960)
Directed By:  Carlos Vander Tolosa

Cast: Bella Flores, Eddie Garcia, Eddie Gutierrez, Liberty Ilagan, Mario Montenegro, Paraluman, Zeny Zabala, Jean Lopez

Dr. Dan Mendez has a mistress in Ester. She takes advantage of Dr. Mendez by blackmailing him to give her allowance in exchange for keeping their secret. They hit a young girl vendor one night and left her lying on the road hanging on her dear life.

Dr. Dan Mendez and her wife Gloria has two children, Berting and Myra. Berting has a girlfriend Rita who works in a cabaret and has several other special women friends. Berting presumably got one of them pregnant and that is the start for the misery of Dr. Mendez and his wife. Gloria really hates the idea that her son Berting is going to marry Rita.

One time Gloria caught Ester seducing her husband Dr. Dan Mendez in the clinic and brokenhearted stormed away grieving from the clinic. Dan then revealed and explained to Gloria about Ester and that she is a drug addict whom Dr. Dan wants to help recover. Berting on the other hand found out he is not the father of the child of Rita so he barge in the house and pulls out a dagger to threaten Eddie Garcia but he was imprisoned because he is wrongfully accused of stabbing Rita. The dying Rita then later confessed that it was a hallucinating drug addict Ester who stabbed her and put her behind bars.

Eddie Garcia sneaks out the house of Dr. Mendez one night and attempts to rape his daughter. The family of Dr. Mendez is about to leave the town when the townspeople angrily storm their house in protest but in the end when they learned the truth, the mob convince them to stay and the family even adopted a crippled girl whom Dr. Mendez treated.  







296. Pagdating ng Takipsilim – Till The Dusk Comes (1955) *

Directed By: Rosa Mia                Story: Fausto J. Galauran



Cast:  Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez, Tony Marzan


297. Pakiusap (1940) *

Directed By:  Octavio Silos



Cast:  Naty Bernardo, Rudy Concepcion, Pedro Faustino, Joaquin Gavino, Rosario Moreno, Elsa Oria, Sylvia Rosales, Nati Rubi, Billy Surot Viscarra



Pakiusap, one of only five surviving pre-war Filipino movies, starred Rosario Moreno and Rudy Concepcion, whose screen tandem was extremely phenomenal and well-loved during their time.
Don Andres (Franco Garcia) and his son, Ernesto (Rudy Concepcion) were both in love with a pretty barrio lass, Amparing (Rosario Moreno), whose principled father, Mang Teong (Pedro Faustino) was working on the hacienda owned by Don Andres. Mang Teong was not in favor of Don Andres and his intention towards Amparing. He advised her daughter not to receive any gifts from Don Andres.

Ernesto, the good-looking son of Don Andres, on the other hand, disguised himself as a lowly farmer from a nearby barrio so as to get near Amparing. The two eventually fell in love.

Life became hard on the family of Amparing--- Mang Teong was fired from his job when he vehemently refused Don Andres’ gifts in exchange of Amparing’s hand. Her mother, Aling Clara (Naty Bernardo) was down due to a lingering illness. At the same time, she learned of Ernesto’s true identity. Amparing, feeling he was betrayed, broke off with Ernesto.


Amparing tried to look for job but to no avail. Desperate, she decided to approach Don Andres and ask for financial assistance--- for his father, who was in jail and for her ailing mother for the medical needs. In return, she had to marry Don Andres.
 

Ernesto returned and learned of Amparing’s upcoming marriage to his father. In a drastic move, he snatched Amparing.
It was a happy ending for the couple as Don Andres realized his mistake and ask for forgiveness.



298.  Matandang Dalaga – The Spinster (1954)

Directed By:  Olive La Torre



Cast:  Carmen Rosales, Jose Padilla Jr., Ramon Revilla, Myrna Delgado, Aruray, Precy Ortega, Conrado Conde, Etang Discher, Horacio Morelos, Pablo Raymundo, Rosa Mia, Tony Cayado

Produced by Sampaguita Pictures, Matandang Dalaga tells the story of a spinster, ‘masungit at makaluma’ (grumpy and old fashion). That is until she fell in love with Jose ‘Pempe’ Padilla, who tamed her.

Also starring are Ramon Revilla and Myrna Delgado.


299. Moments Of Love (2006)
Directed By:  Mark A. Reyes

Cast:  Iza Calzado, Dingdong Dantes, Karylle, Gloria Romero, Chinggoy Alonzo, Ces Quesada, Ian Veneracion, Paolo Contis, Isabel Oli, Dion Ignacio, Sandy Andolong, Jojo Alejar, Ama Quiambao, Valerie Concepcion
 

Marco (Dingdong Dantes), a photographer, along with his sister (Isabel Oli) and their cousin Duke (Jojo Alejar) are on a vacation in an old sleepy town. While strolling around town a mysterious woman is hit by a van while trying to save Marco's life. He visits the woman and is drawn to her granddaughter Lianne (Karylle). Marco and Lianne start to develop a relationship but recent events cause Marco to be withdrawn. He suddenly finds himself haunted by a deep feeling of loneliness.
 

His yearning leads to a telephone conversation with Divina (Iza Calzado), the daughter of a haciendero. They find solace in each other. Divina lives in the past (1957) while Marco lives in the present (2006).
 

In a sleepy town, time curved for two people to meet and part...
300. Kalyehera (1956) *
Directed By: Fred Daluz

Cast: Nida Blanca, Nestor De Villa, Milagros Naval, Lita Gutierrez, Rey Ruiz

Nora (Nida Blanca), together with her cousin Doris was sent by her parents to learn how to be independent and responsible in Manila. They meet Ernesto (Nestor De Villa) on the way to Manila. Nora and Doris learn how to beg money in the streets. Ernesto and Nora admire each other while secretly hiding his relationship with Lucita.





Film titles with asterisk (*) after it are average films that can easily be replaced by HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FILMS




Highly Recommended Films

Sarung Banggi (1947)
Satur (1951)
Korea (1952)
Diwani (1953)
Sonny Boy (1955)
Talusaling (1955)
Vacacionista (1955)
Tawag ng Tanghalan (Call Of The Limelight) (1958)
Lo' waist Gang - Rancho Grande (1960)
Geron Busabos: Ang Batang Quiapo (The Child of Quiapo) (1964)
Ibulong Mo sa Hangin (Whisper To The Wind) (1966)
Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (Three, Two, One, 1975)

Ikaw... At Ang Gabi (1979)
Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi (The Moon Is Angry On The Length Of The Night) (1983)
Misteryo sa Tuwa (Joyful Mystery, 1984)

Miguelito Ang Batang Rebelde (Miguelito Rebel Child) (1985)
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas (Hope It Will Never End) (1986)
Takaw Tukso (Temptation, 1986)

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow (1986)
Itanong Mo Sa Buwan (Ask The Moon) (1988)
Biktima (1990) 
Kasalanan Bang Sambahin Ka? (Is It Wrong To Worship You?) (1990)
Makiusap Ka Sa Diyos  (1991) 
Narito Ang Puso Ko (1992)
Hanggang Saan, Hanggang Kailan (1993)
Pangako Ng Kahapon (1994)
Sa Isang Sulok Ng Mga Pangarap (On One Corner Of Our Dreams) (1994) 

Inagaw Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin (1995)
Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig (1995)
May Nagmamahal sa Iyo (Someone Loves You) (1996)
Lihim ni Madonna  (Secret of Madonna) (1997) 

Nasaan Ang Puso (1997)
Pusong Mamon (Soft Hearts) (1998)
Soltera (1999) 

Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw (2000)
Kailangan Kita (I Need You) (2002)
Videoke King (2002) 

Inang Yaya (2006)
Todo Todo Teros (2006)
Ang Lihim ni Antonio (The Secret of Anthony) (2008) 

Rosario  (2010)
Santuaryo - Sanctuary (2010)
Amorosa The Revenge (2012) 





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