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.
Philippine Couture Collection of Gang Gomez
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
The fashion event of 1982 was the Philippine Couture Collection of Gang Gomez. For this very special occasion, the couturier has created a Philippine-inspired collection using both local and international materials....
Handpainted barong by Franco modeled by Castelo
by Danny Dolor - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Danilo Franco is a noted designer. His clients include society matrons and young people alike.
Dante Rivero: Idol of the ’70s
by From the collection of DANNY DOLOR - December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Dante Rivero was rightly billed the Idol of the ‘70s.
Ricky Davao is Felipe de las Casas
by Danny Dolor - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
In 1983, Ricky Davao’s mettle as a theater actor was put to a test.
Lanvin in Manila: ‘Essence of femininity’
by Danny Dolor - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Bernard Lanvin, inheritor of the great name in French haute couture and perfumery, visited Manila in 1975 to present his summer collection at the Hyatt Regency. Lanvin came upon the invitation of Bienvenido and Glecy...
Kiss of Fire: The song, the film
by Danny Dolor - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
The song Kiss of Fire is originally titled El Choclo in Spanish, meaning The Corn Cob. It was written by Angel Villodo, an Argentine musician, said to be in honor of a proprietor of a popular nightclub who was known...
‘All About Gemma’
by Danny Dolor - November 3, 2019 - 12:00am
When Gemma Cruz won the Miss International title in 1964, a book titled All About Gemma was published shortly thereafter.
Montserrat Caballe: Spain’s renowned diva
by Danny Dolor - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am
Montserrat Caballe, Spain’s renowned diva, sang twice in Manila at the Metropolitan Theater and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Teddy and Timi thrilled Filipino fans in June 1962
by Danny Dolor - October 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Two American singers of Italian descents, Teddy Randazzo and Timi Yuro, thrilled Filipino fans at the Araneta Coliseum on June 15, 1962.
Atang dela Rama: ‘The First Star of Philippine Cinema’
by Danny Dolor - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Atang dela Rama is billed ‘The First Star of Philippine Cinema’ as she portrayed the title role in Dalagang Bukid in 1919.
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