Posts Tagged ‘Philippine Movie History’


Lips to Lips: The Evolution of Kissing Scenes in Philippine Movies

June 22, 2019

“Every imaginable taboo, once unspoken and forbidden, has been depicted in graphic ways in Philippine movies,” says Alex Castro.


From Alex Castro’s “Lips to Lips: The Evolution of Kissing Scenes in Philippine Movies”

In his lengthy, impressively researched and well- documented article — flavored with trivia notes at times — about the evolution of kissing scenes in Philippine movies, readers, particularly film history buffs journey with Mr. Castro from way way back, when yes! it was taboo for lovers to kiss, even hold hands in public; the reason why it was so shocking for the viewers to watch kissing scenes, especially when first shown in the movies. Now, it is so common a segment without it and lovemaking would render a film incomplete. It has become part of the formula.


Vicente Salumbides and Sofia Lota in “Fate or Consequence” (1926) from Salumbides’ book “Motion Pictures in the Philippines” (1952)

Reading about Mr. Vicente Salumbides in the article, I couldn’t help but recall my interview with him. He did say how jealous her then-future wife was, Rosario Panganiban when his film, “Fate or Consequence” showing him kissing actress Sofia Lota was shown. Mr. Salumbides was hard of hearing at that time. To communicate with him, I had to write each question on a piece of paper and gave it to him one at a time. He would read it, then would reply to whatever question I handed to him. I was then working as a researcher for the UP Film Center, and about to start a documentary on him when unfortunately our house burned. The flames ate up all the materials that I gathered from my interviews with him, Alejandro Celis, one of his silent movie actors, and Atang de la Rama. At that time, Mr. Salumbides was living somewhere in Fairview, Quezon City, BF Homes, if I am not mistaken.

To read Alex Castro’s full article, please click the link below:


Gerardo de Leon’s “Bawi’t Bunot” in Viuda de Oro

August 14, 2014

Viuda de OroViuda de Oro is a two-and-a-half hour seven-episode film produced by Premiere Productions in 1960. Its 7th episode, “Bawi’t Bunot” was written and directed by National Artist for Film Gerardo “Gerry” de Leon. Zaldy Zchornack, Shirley Gorospe, Oscar Roncal and Celia Rodriguez starred in the film. The six other directors were: Teodorico Santos, Ramon Estella, Dan Santiago, Nemesio Caravana, Cesar Gallardo and Efren Reyes.

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Shirley Gorospe and Zaldy Zhornack in the 7th episode of Viuda de Oro

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Olivia Cenizal played in the title role. Eddie del Mar, her deceased husband left a will that stipulated the giving away of money to unknown beneficiaries. Nello Nayo played the role of a lawyer.

Viuda de Oro, adapted from the DZXL radio play by Leleng Isla was sponsored by Philips’ Milk of Magnesia. It revolved on the questions: “Would you bequeath your wealth to strangers if you had no living heirs?” and “What would you do if you suddenly acquired wealth overnight?”

Ito ay bahagi nang sarili kong pag-alala sa selebrasyon ng Centennial Year ni Manong Gerry na magtatapos sa isang buwan.

For more Viuda de Oro flylets and the list of production crew members, please click below: