Bulaklak sa City Jail
Bulaklak sa City Jail is a 1984 drama film that depicts the situation of women in the city jail, the last item in a series of outstanding outputs by the local movie industry in 1984. Aunor is shown singing in front of a beer house crowd. She is giving a spirited rendition but we see the eyes, or lips or hands of those around her, except for Crisanto Ricky Davao. In the next scene, she is entering the city jail, Nora is Angela, an orphan who falls for a married man and is accused of trying to kill his wife. But the film is more than just her story and it is an indictment of a prison system that instead of helping in the rehabilitation of inmates only make them worse. Juliet is a young mother imprisoned for estafa and whose only dream is to escape, viring loses her sanity when her daughter is forcibly taken away from her. Luna sells her body to male inmates to send the money back to her son, yolly is a teenager committed by her own mother for delinquency. Patricia is a student arrested for the death of a colleague in their sorority’s initiation rites.
Then there’s Barbie, the bastonera, and Tonya, the mayora, some quarters are bound to complain because of the film’s exposes. Prison guards take advantage of the inmates, ex officio lawyers assigned to help them for free do not really care if they rot in jail. Inmates prey on one another, specially on newcomers whom the more hardened ones rob, — Joel David, Tinig ng Plaridel,1985 This film is half won with its excellent casting. Mario O’Hara delivers the other half of this cinematic bargain, rated B by the Films Rating Board 1984 With all this going on, you’d think Nora Aunor’s performance would be lost, on the contrary, they only enhance it. In the beginning, she’s only one of many characters, by the film’s end, she’s the undoubted heroine. Her acting here is so quiet—the showiest moments are when the camera focuses on her eyes, Aunor just may be the dumbest, most unthinking actress alive—and with the way she conducts her life to date, who’s to say she isn’t. Yet maybe she has to be, to be so incredibly intuitive—to be able to create this kind of magic and she doesn’t need words, she doesn’t need thoughts, she doesn’t need anything—she just needs silence, and those impossibly intense eyes.
— Noel Vera, “Bulaklak sa City Jail” … showcases Nora Aunor’s best performance for her comeback year… — Joel David, Nora Aunor gives a very moving performance, notwithstanding that zoo childbirth scene especially engineered to endear her to her fans. — Mario E. Bautista, “Bulaklak sa City Jail, ” Philippines Sunday Express, December 30,1984,19 Bulaklak sa City Jail at the Internet Movie Database
Viva Films is a Filipino film production company founded in November 11,1981 by Vicente del Rosario, Jr. It is owned by Viva Entertainment, veering away from the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion tandem, Viva became home of quality dramatic films. The glossy production of such as Sinasamba Kita, Palimos ng Pag-ibig. Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap and Paano Ba Ang Mangarap, Viva Films made a documentary film on the Puerto Rican boy group Menudo on their visit to the Philippines in 1985. Viva launched then-supporting actor Phillip Salvador as a star in the movie Boy Negro. It was instrumental in introducing to the public Robin Padilla, the company gambled on new comedians as the 80s decade was about to end. Comedy flicks such as Puto, Jack en Jill, Humanap ka ng Panget and I Love You Three Times a Day launched the careers of Herbert Bautista, Andrew E. In the 1990s, Viva launched the careers of Dennis Padilla and Janno Gibbs as solo comedians while reviving the careers of veteran comedians Redford White, Chiquito.
Viva made a movie with Vic Sotto for the movie Basta Ikaw, Naninigig Pa. wit sexy actress Rosanna Roces, Val Sotto. Viva was known as home to quality youth-oriented films, starting with the 1984 breakthrough flick, the movie was top billed by William Martinez and launched the careers of unknowns J. C. Bonnin, Herbert Bautista, Raymond Lauchengco and Aga Muhlach. In 1989, Viva introduced its second batch of young stars via the youth-oriented comedy Estudyante Blues and it introduced to the public young stars & Thats Entertainment mainstays such as Vina Morales, Gelli de Belen, Keempee de Leon, Raymart Santiago and Dingdong Avanzado. The movie was a success, despite the fact that Estudyante Blues became an earlier hit via the Philippine music airwaves as a single sung by Freddie Aguilar. Viva on entered into production by partnering with GMA Network. However, it was the 1995 youth-oriented series TGIS that gave Viva its biggest success as a television producer, headlined by Angelu de Leon, it gave birth the careers of Bobby Andrews, Michael Flores, Onemig Bondoc, Red Sternberg, Raven Villanueva and Ciara Sotto.
The success of the TV series was translated to the big screen. This was followed by the Viva Teen Barkadas headed by Dingdong Dantes, Anne Curtis, Sunshine Dizon, Kim Delos Santos, Antoinette Taus, Polo Ravales, Dino Guevarra, Chubi del Rosario. Viva Films made a comeback by co-producing with new players GMA Films, in 2011, Catch Me, Im in Love, No Other Woman, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, Wont Last A Day Without You, and Moron 5 & A Crying Lady were released. On 2012, Of All the Things was released, in 2013, It Takes a Man and a Woman and Girl, Bakla, Tomboy were released
Nora Aunor is a Filipino actress, recording artist, and film producer. Aunor has appeared in stage plays, television shows. She is known as Philippine cinemas Superstar and is regarded as the Peoples National Artist, the Hollywood reporter magazine, called her The Grand Dame of Philippine Cinema for her brilliant performance in the movie Taklub. Aunor started her career in the Philippine entertainment industry as a singer after she won a singing contest. She made her debut with All Over the World and guested in youth-oriented films produced by Vera-Perez Pictures. Aunor received 17 FAMAS Award nominations and was elevated to the Hall of Fame after winning five Best Actress Awards and she is the most nominated actress of Gawad Urian Awards with 20 nominations, winning seven. She has more nominations as Best Actress than any other Filipino actor in both FAMAS and Gawad Urian award giving bodies, in 1983, Aunor was recognized as one of the The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in the Field of the Arts.
In 1999, Aunor received the Centennial Honor for the Arts awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and she was the only film actress included in the list of awardees. In 2010, she was hailed by the Green Planet Movie Awards as one of the 10 Asian Best Actresses of the Decade and she received the Ani ng Dangal Award. From the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2013,2014 and 2016, in 2014, Aunor is the recipient of University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications, Gawad Plaridel. On September 17,2015, Aunor was conferred the Gawad CPP para sa Sining for Film and Broadcast Arts, Aunor was born in Baryo San Francisco, Camarines Sur to Antonia Cabaltera and Eustacio Villamayor. She has nine siblings, including Eddie Villamayor, a former actor, when Nora was growing up, her grandmother taught her to sing, the first song she learned was The Way of a Clown. An aunt taught her diction and expression while singing and took her under their custody, Nora became a champion at the Darigold Jamboree singing contest singing her winning piece You and the Night and the Music.
After that she won another singing contest, The Liberty Big Show, Nora entered the national singing contest, Tawag ng Tanghalan, where she was defeated on her first try and became a champion on her second. The Grand National Finals of Tawag ng Tanghalan was on May 29,1967, Nora went to Mabini Memorial College when she was in grade I and transferred to Nichols Air Base Elementary School when she reached grade II. Aunor was married to award-winning actor Christopher de Leon on Jan,25,1975, in a civil ceremony. She and De León have one child, actor Ian de León in 1975, they have adopted children Lotlot De Leon Matet de Leon and she and her husband renewed their vows on January 27,1976, in a religious service officiated by Rev Alleysius Rodríguez. The couple separated, and their marriage was dissolved in 1996, Aunor became a permanent resident of the United States in 2008, but retains her Philippine citizenship
Ishmael Bernal was a Filipino film and television director and screenwriter. Noted for his melodramas, particularly with feminist and moral issues, he directed many landmark Filipino films such as Nunal sa Tubig, City After Dark, Himala and he was declared a National Artist of the Philippines in 2001. Born in Manila on 30 September 1938, Bernal was the son of Elena Bernal and he studied at Burgos Elementary School, Mapa High School and at the University of the Philippines where he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1959. He received his Diploma in Film Directing in 1970 at the Film Insititue of India in Poona under the Colombo plan scholarship. An active pariticipant in the struggle for rights and welfare, Bernal was a board member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines. Until his demise, he remained part of DGPI, an organization that studies the role of film as an instrument of entertainment, ishmael Bernal truly loved the arts. He nurtured his passion for literature and theater by participating in the U. P.
Dramatic Club while finishing a college degree and he was an avid fan of classical music including opera. During the 1960s, Bernal put up When Its A Grey November In Your Soul, in Malate which became one of the watering holes of Manilas artists. Unfazed by its success, Bernal put up Kasalo in Quezon City three decades later, which became the hang-out of students, poets, theater. Bernal directed and wrote his first film, Pagdating Sa Dulo, the bold star stares out into the landscape and scans it, with the camera acting as her surrogate, but finally framing her against the embarrassingly majestic Cultural Center of the Philippines. The scene captures it all, the decadence of the Martial Law regime, from that time on, Bernal was established as an innovative and intelligent filmmaker who would not be content with conventional formulas of local film making. His sturdy filmography is mainly clustered around the themes and problems that inevitably encrust the social as the core of personal malaise, Bernal considered himself a feminist director and admitted that it was part of his interest to tackle issues affecting women.
A significant part of his work is stories about and for women, for example, Hinugot Sa Langit, and Working Girls. Before Bernal died in Quezon City on 2 June 1996, he was scheduled to direct a film about the story of Lola Rosa Henson. As an actor, he played roles in stage plays like Kamatayan Sa Isang Anyo Ng Rosas in 1991. Bernal is a tireless and committed educator and he taught film direction to film students of the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He has conducted film and theater workshops and directed plays for school-based theater groups and he has collaborated with artists from different regions through BUGKOS, the national coordinating center for peoples art and literature
Levi Celerio was a Filipino composer and lyricist. Celerio was a songwriter, with over 4,000 songs to his credit. He is perhaps best known for being a leaf-player, a feat for which he was put into the Guinness Book of World Records, in 1997, he was named National Artist of the Philippines for Music. Levi Celerio was born on April 30,1910, in Tondo, Manila to parents that hailed from Baliuag and he received a scholarship to the Academy of Music in Manila and became the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He wrote several number of songs for movies, which earned for him the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Film Academy of the Philippines. Celerio has written lyrics for more than 4,000 Filipino folk, known for being a good lyricist, his songs cherish life, convey nationalistic sentiments and utter grand philosophies. Celerio wrote more than 4,000 songs, among them are popular pieces, at one time or another, no Filipino could miss the tune or lyrics of Levis Christmas songs, Pasko na Naman, Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon, and Misa de Gallo.
His more popular songs include, Saan Ka Man Naroroon. Celerio wrote songs such as Bagong Pagsilang, Lupang Pangarap. Celerio, for a time, was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only man who could play music with a leaf. Because of his talent, Celerio was invited to The Merv Griffin Show, using his leaf, Levi wowed the crowd and got the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records. The Book listed the entry, The only leaf player in the world is in the Philippines and he would later appear on Thats Incredible. Lina Belen Celerio, who resides in the US, had 4 children with the late Levi Celerio, namely Leon Honorato Celerio, Cornelio Vic Celerio, Enrico Celerio, wife Lina, son Eric and daughter Levita live in New York. Leon and Cornelio returned to Manila from the US a few years ago, on October 9,1997, pursuant to Proclamation No. 1114, President Fidel V. Ramos proclaimed him a National Artist for Music and his citation read that his music was a perfect embodiment of the heartfelt sentiments and valued traditions of the Filipino.
In his old age, Levi occasionally appeared in public, usually at a concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and he was playing at a Quezon City bar from time to time. He died at the Delgado Clinic in Quezon City on April 2,2002, at the age of 91, but his death was overshadowed by the death a few days earlier of the popular matinee idol Rico Yan, his death was received with little public attention. He was buried with military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
Condemned (1984 film)
Condemned, a 1984 Filipino film, depicts the cruelty of big-city life, with a focus on Manila. The plot centers on the corruption of society and abuses of power, the film was directed by Mario OHara, and the screenplay was written by Jose Javier Reyes and Frank Rivera. The film received an A review from the Film Ratings Board, Yolly, a flower vendor, her brother Efren, a driver and hired gun for a ruthless gangster, and Connie live a bleak existence in the underbelly of the fashionable tourist district of Manila. Escaping from a violent past, the siblings world collides with Connies gang, complicating matters is the case of Boy Rosas, a serial killer whose trademark is to leave roses on the bodies of those he murders. Connies son Dennis becomes the suspect after Yolly sees him stabbing his girlfriend. It is a jewel but a finely polished one nonetheless. It is a departure from the predictable and the prosaic elements that one encounters in many, if not most. For the most part, it veers away from the cloying melodramatic acting coaxed from our Filipino actors, - Film Ratings Board,1984 Condemned is a rich brew of sudden violence, baroque cruelty, and sardonic dark humor.
- Noel Vera, film critic Condemned at the Internet Movie Database
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 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 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 directed nine movies, under the pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes. Reyes originated from the surname of his grandmother, Martha.
He established FPJ Productions in 1961 and 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