REMEMBER WHEN?
Vic Damone show in Manila
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - May 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Popular American singer-actor Vic Damone held a limited show in Manila on Dec. 24, 1960, Christmas Eve, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Luningning: Poe Sr. star
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - May 24, 2020 - 12:00am
One of the leading ladies of the ‘40s and early ‘50s was Luningning. She might as well be called the star of Fernando Poe Sr.
Leonor Orosa-Goquingco: National Artist for Dance
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - May 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The accomplishments of Leonor Orosa-Goquingco, National Artist for Dance, were truly awesome. She founded the Filipinescas Dance Company and the Philippine Theatre Dance Group.
Santa Cruz de Mayo
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - April 26, 2020 - 12:00am
What things are associated with the merry month of May?
Mayor Earnshaw: Father of Metropolitan Theater
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - April 12, 2020 - 12:00am
When the cornerstone was laid, a book was placed in it bearing the signatures of these men, from left: Gov. Gen. Davis, Mayor Tomas Earnshaw, Horace B. Pond (writing), Angel M. Varela (secretary of Metropolitan Theater),...
Lenten presentation: Kalbaryo ni Hesus
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - April 5, 2020 - 12:00am
In 1952, Lebran’s Lenten presentation was Kalbaryo ni Hesus, hyped as ‘The first local screenization of the life and passion of Jesus Christ!’
‘West Side Story in Rock’
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - March 22, 2020 - 12:00am
West Side Story tells of the gang war in New York between the Sharks (Puerto Ricans) and the Jets (whites).
Bb. Amanding Montes: Queen of Vod-a-Vil
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - March 15, 2020 - 12:00am
In the ’30s, Bb. Amanding Montes was the undisputed Queen of Vod-a-Vil. She was the highest paid star.
Conchita Gaston as Carmen
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - March 8, 2020 - 12:00am
After conquering Europe and the United States, Conchita Gaston returned home in 1972 to sing Bizet’s Carmen, her favorite opera role, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Hailed by critics as one of the...
Barrio fiesta for George & Mona
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - March 1, 2020 - 12:00am
After the shoot of Huk, the lead stars, George Montgomery and Mona Freeman, were honored with a barrio fiesta at the Crystal Bowl of Avenue Hotel in downtown Manila, Nov. 12, 1955. Cast and crew shot Huk for a month...
James Stewart promo tour
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - February 23, 2020 - 12:00am
James Stewart won Filipino fans (this columnist included) during a promotional tour of the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock movie Rear Window opposite Grace Kelly. Mr. Stewart turned out to be gracious, charming and accom...
The Spanish song behind Kumakaway Ka Pa, Irog
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The theme song of the 1949 movie Kumakaway Ka Pa, Irog was borrowed from the Spanish song Adios Muchachos. The movie, a tearjerker, starred Victor Sevilla and Pacita Francisco, also a beauty queen (Miss Luzon).
Susan & Barbara star in Ang Kalbario ni Bernardita
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Barbara Perez and Susan Roces starred in 1958 in Ang Kalbario ni Bernardita, the Lenten presentation of Dramatic Philippines at the Opera House, which opened April 2. Barbara played Bernardita and Susan the Virgin...
Rogelio dela Rosa as Biblical Dimas
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am
In the ’50s, LVN produced religious and costume pictures.
The legendary Mang Ador of Tropicana Photo Studio
by Danny Dolor - January 26, 2020 - 12:00am
His full name was Dominador J. Cruz Jr. But he was simply ‘Mang Ador’ to many, the legendary figure behind Tropicana Photo Studio.
Devotion to Sto. Niño
by Danny Dolor - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Devotion to the Holy Child (Santo Niño) is nationwide.
May Rosal at Torre
by Danny Dolor - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Two of the reigning sopranos of the ‘80s, Conching Rosal and Sylvia La Torre, teamed up on April 15, 1983 for a concert billed May Rosal at Torre.
Tebaldi and Corelli in operatic concert
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Two of the world’s greatest opera stars, Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi and tenor Franco Corelli, thrilled Manila audiences in a concert held in October 1973. Their voices, solo and duet, soared at the CCP...
The fabulous Takarazuka Revue
by Danny Dolor - December 29, 2019 - 12:00am
In the late ’50s and early ’60s, whenever I visited Japan, I never fail to watch the Takarazuka Revue. The show was fabulous, participated in by 400 all-girl performers, held at the Grand Theater, which...
A bleak Christmas for Filipinos in December 1941
by Danny Dolor - December 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Christmas comes to us this year burdened with a message that is not as joyous as we all could wish.
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