Members of the academy including avid movie viewers, fans or enthusiasts will cast their votes on who should win the statuettes on different categories they were nominated. Established since 1952, it the oldest existing film industry award-giving body in the Philippines, the FAMAS Awards, from 1952 to 1982, was the highest Filipino film award a filmmaker or artisan could receive in the local movie industry. Nevertheless, winning a FAMAS Award is still held in regard because of its age and prestige. The FAMAS Award is one of the distinguished film award bodies in the country. Others included are the Luna Awards, the Gawad Urian Awards of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, winning all four of the awards in one category for the same work is considered as winning a Grand Slam. The forerunner of the FAMAS Award was the Maria Clara Awards, established by the Manila Times Publishing, the first awards in the Philippine movie industry were doled out for the movies of 1950-1951 and for the year 1952. The award statuette, which bore the figure of Maria Clara, for two years, the Maria Clara Awards honored the Philippine movie industrys cinematic achievements. The FAMAS Awards formally replaced the Maria Clara Awards, in its inception, FAMAS had movie writers, columnists and studio publicists as its voting members. The FAMAS Award of Merit statuette was modeled from the screen legend. The varnished gold-painted wood statuette boasts of a Balintawak-clad woman whose raised hands holds a film reel. The statuette design itself has never changed over the years, the word FAMAS was coined by Filipino movie legends Jaime de la Rosa and Rosa Rosal, who decided on naming the Philippines equivalent to the Oscars as FAME. FAMAS is the Filipino version of the word FAME, the FAMAS was the sole award-giving body for film in the Philippines from 1952 until 1976. Within that period, FAMAS alone has awarded the most outstanding performers and craftsmen of Filipino films, winning a FAMAS Award became the motivation for many film craftsmen, for it was, after all, the Philippines only counterpart of the Oscars. The awards itself, then held mostly at the Manila Hotel, in 1960, Sampaguita Pictures and Vera-Perez Productions withdrew their participation from the Academy because the agreement between producers on who receives the FAMAS Awards was not followed. The agreement was that each of the Big Four studios would receive the top awards, for example, if the Best Picture goes to one studio, the acting awards should go the other three studios and the directing award should go to another studio. The 1960 FAMAS Awards, nevertheless, failed to honor Sampaguita Pictures with an award, so Sampaguita Pictures and its sister company Vera-Perez Productions withdrew from the Academy. In addition, Sampaguitas mogul, Dr. Jose Perez, returned all of the FAMAS Awards that the studio have won so far by placing them on public view in his Vera-Perez Gardens, other movie studios also withdrew from the Academy, though they did not return their statuettes. Because of this, in 1961, the FAMAS revamped its rules and removed studio representation membership
Fernando Poe Jr.
Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe Jr. and colloquially known as FPJ and Da King, was a Filipino actor. During the latter part of his career, Poe was defeated by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 Philippine presidential elections and his long career as an action film star earned him the nickname King of Philippine Movies. Poe was posthumously declared a National Artist of the Philippines for Film on May 23,2006 by President Macapagal-Arroyo, the award was confirmed by President Benigno Aquino III on July 20,2012, and was presented to his family on August 16. Ronald Allan K. Poe was the son of Filipino actor Fernando Poe Sr. a native from San Carlos City, Pangasinan and Elizabeth Bessie Kelley, an Irish-American. His parents were not yet married when he was born on August 20,1939. His political opponents tried to derail his bid for the 2004 Philippine presidency when they sought to disqualify him as a son of a non-Filipino mother. Conrad Poe, a Filipino actor is Ronald Poes half-brother, the son of Fernando Poe Sr. Pou is the spelling of the familys surname from his grandfather, playwright Lorenzo Pou, a Catalan migrant from Majorca, Spain. In 1953, Poe finished his education at San Beda College. For high school, he went to San Sebastian College and he continued his education at Mapua Institute of Technology and University of the East. His father died from rabies at age 35, leaving the young Poe as the breadwinner, to support his family. Poe dropped out of school to work in the Philippine film industry as a messenger boy. Starting as a stuntman for Everlasting Pictures, he was given a role in the movie Anak ni Palaris at the age of 14. The movie was not a big hit, in 1957 the movie Lo Waist Gang made him popular, and the film was such a big hit that low-waist pants became a fad. Also known as FPJ from his initials, Poe acted in a number of movies which depicted him as the champion of the poor and he also directed nine movies, under the pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes. Reyes originated from the surname of his grandmother, Martha. He established FPJ Productions in 1961 and later organized other film companies, in 1963, he testified against criminal gangs, known as the Big Four, who extorted money from the film industry. In 1965, he shared the lead in The Ravagers, a film depicting the United States, the film is considered one of the most influential Filipino films
Luis Clemente Enriquez better known as his stage name Eddie Rodriguez was a Filipino film actor and director. Born Luis Clemente Enriquez on August 23,1932 in Zamboanga City and he spent his childhood and teen years in Sta. He was in a relationship with the popular Filipino singer, Carmen Soriano and he was formerly married to Araceli Hernandez with 2 children, Sheena Natassha H. Enriquez, Dominique Louise Bianchi H. Enriquez. Rodriguez paired with all the queens of Philippine movies from Gloria Romero, Nida Blanca, Rita Gomez, Charito Solis, Amalia Fuentes, Nora Aunor. He directed Sharon Cuneta‚ and megablockbuster Maging Sino Ka Man with Robin Padilla, the cool and suave actor was rumored to have a mysterious illness before and reportedly became an alcoholic. The Famas best actor awardee started as a star before aturning to drama where he became more popular. He was remembered for his films Sapagkat Kami ay Tao Lamang, Kapag Puso ay Sinugatan, Malupit Na Pag-ibig and he was posthimously inducted to the Philippines Eastwood City Walk Of Fame in 2006. He died of cardiac arrest on October 12,2001 at 11,30 P. M, friday night, at The Medical City, Pasig City. According to his daughter Sheena she said her father had suffered lung cancer several years ago and one of his lungs had to be surgically removed
Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. OGH, known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay, was a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the countrys King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television, Dolphy was born at 5,00 PM on July 25,1928 at 527 Calle Padre Herrera in Tondo, Manila. His father was Melencio Espinosa Quizon, Sr. a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Isidora Adorable/Salud Espinosa. His mother was Salud de la Rosa Vera, a teacher. He was the second eldest of ten children and his parents were married on July 14,1925 in Malate, Manila. Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theaters as a boy and he was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes, attaching buttons at a factory, sorting bottles by size, working as a stevedore at the pier, trading. In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and his favorite performers included the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro. He started performing onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater. He also appeared in shows at the Orient Theater, Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed and he had his first movie when he was 19 with Fernando Poe, Sr. in Dugo at Bayan, billed as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the father of his friend actor Fernando Poe, Jr. who first paved the way. On a DZMM radio interview, he revealed his first talent fee was 5 pesos, in the late 1940s, Dolphy also got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio writer, director and producer. He joined the program Wag Naman which starred Pancho Magalona, Tessie Quintana and his comedy duo with Panchito also started on radio on Conde Ubaldo shows. Pancho Magalona recommended Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952 and his first movie with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was also in Sampaguita were the duo of Dolphy. Dolphy became famous for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and he was not the first choice for the role but Batotoy and Bayani Casimiro