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Nitong mga nagdaang linggo, bumalik ulit ako sa MCS para maka-harbat ng mga DeVeDes.

Nagulat ako sa mga nakita ko.

Mga classic Filipino titles!

Isang baklang mujerista ang nagbebenta ng mga ito. Si Janna. Edilberto daw ang tunay n’yang pangalan. Babaeng babae, may suso at mahaba ang buhok, pero hindi pa rin maikakaila ang kapal ng foundation, eyeliner at ang amoy na mala-Chin Chun Su sa tuwing mapapalapit ka.

Pero lumapit pa rin ako. Lumapit ng bonggang bongga. Aba’y huli kong napanuod ang mga ibinibenta n’ya noong panahon pa na active ang Mowelfund, at may taunang Pelika at Lipunan sila.

Sabihin man ni Mother D na Criterion at Masters of Cinema pa rin ang mga nag-di-define ng films, para sa akin; may sinasabi pa rin ang luma nating mga pelikula.

At sabihin man ng ibang mali ang piracy, wala silang magagawa. Dito lang namin makukuha ni Mother D ang mga gusto naming mga pelikula.

Naka-ilang balik din ako kay Janna. Nung una kong punta ay nag-iwan pa ‘ko ng listahan para mahanap pa n’ya sa mga suppliers n’ya ang matagal ko nang pinaghahahanap.

Eto ang meron ako so far:

Aguila (1980)

Eddie Romero’s 1980 epic featuring the Philippine’s best in the industry during the early 80’s. Great performances, unbelievably glamorous production design and screenplay.

Aliw (1979)

Another Ishmael Bernal classic on women in society. In this film, he was able to portray porn in a discreet yet scandalous style.

Kakabakaba Ka Ba? (Will Your Heart Beat Faster?, 1980)

Our own offering to level up with Hollywood’s The Rocky Horror Picture show. This film re-defined Filipino camp at its finest. Who would not remember the final production number of  “Bigyan N’yo Po Kami?”

Init sa Magdamag (Midnight Passion, 1979)

Taray! Yun lang.

Working Girls (1988)

Bernal’s greatest contribution to Philippine comedy that tackles feminism and women in the workplace. A black comedy that created a cult following of sorts. “Sabel, this must be love!”

Batch 81 (1982)

Batch 81 (1982)

Mike de Leon’s depiction of hatred, deceit, betrayal and murder in a circle of brotherhood. This martial-law film deconstructed freedom and upheld oppression in the midst of non-sensical chantings on brotherly love.

Katorse (Fourteen,1980)

A supposedly serious drama for the 80s teens, but turned out to be one of the best camp Filipino film by none other than the great Joey Gosengfiao. San ka pa sa eksenang nag-alboroto ang Dina Bonnavie sa gitna ng ma-alikabok na kalsada with matching kamison minus – the bra.

Snake Sisters (1984)

Featuring the Coca Beauties of the 80’s, ipinakita ng pelikulang ito na marunong din silang umarte…umarte na parang ahas. May sariling wika, kilos at higit sa lahat, production design. Un nga lang, tig-tatatlong dahon lang sila sa katawan. Kaya naman hindi ako magtataka kung bakit ipinagbawal ni Marcos ito!

Bilangin ang Mga Bituin sa Langit (Let’s Count the Stars in the Heavens, 1989)

Sabi ng mga tsismis noon, inabot daw ng limang taon ang pagawa ng pelikulang ito. Marami raw topak at issues si Ate Guy noong mga panahon na ‘un. Pero wala akong paki. I’d say that Elwood Perez did a great job at convening a great cast headed by the Superstar. San ka pa? Tinodo na si Ate Guy dito! Isang matandang Nora na may anak, na isang Nora pa! I remember watching this in Spring Cinema when I was in Grade 6.  Sa gitna ng kadiliman, narinig ko ang mga sigaw ng mga Noranians sa balcony sa tuwing eksena ni Ate Guy!

Boatman (1984)

Tikoy Aguiluz’ contribution to the sexy era in the mid-80s, this film tackles a poor man’s desire to achieve great things at the cost of his soul and integrity. Ronnie Lazaro at his best!

Scorpio Nights (1984)

San ka pa kapag makakakita ng tamang pagkain ng hilaw na mangga? San mo ilulugar ang sarili mo kapag napanood mo ang tamang pagkarinyo sa babaeng natutulog na sa loob ng kulambo? Wag nang umarte. I must say that this is the best and the only eligible installment in the Scorpio Nights franchise. Peque Gallaga showed us the current political environment during the Marcos-regime in a small dilapidated compound in Ermita, through sexually motivated characters and their dominion over each other.

Moral (1982)

Our own Sex in the City before Sex in the City. This is the story of four complicated women in the 80’s and their journey to prove their existence and integrity. Marilou Diaz Abaya explored feminism in a way that deconstructed the women of her time. This is indeed a must see! Nagka-part two ito nung 2003 sa Noon at Ngayon: Pagsasamang Kay Ganda – pero actually chaka!

Brutal (1980)

Abaya’s first installment to her Women Trilogy (Brutal – 1980, Moral – 1982, Karnal – 1983). This film showcased Austria’s ability to act, and Alajar’s capacity to explore unconventional characterizations. But it should also be noted, that Jay Ilagan gave a powerful performance as the violent, drug-addicted husband that triggered the main character’s actions in the end.

Babae sa Breakwater (The Woman in Breakwater, 2005)

Despite the low-budget, and mediocre production this film has a hidden treasure in it. Mario o’ Hara showed us each man’s capacity to love despite the rules of society. Ngayon ko lang talaga napanood ito, and I must say that Katherine Luna has a talent worthy of an ovation!

Anak Dalita (The Ruins, 1956)

A strong depiction of decadence during the time of the Liberation of Manila, this film is about how a man regains his honor in a society bombarded with neglect and poverty. Praises too for Rosa Rosal – one of Philippine Cinema’s most beautiful face (bago siya nangolekta ng dugo)!

Broken Marriage (1983)

Arguably one of Ishmael Bernal’s best family drama. Nothing much can be said about this film except for the performances and the way Vilma Santos proved once again that her screen compatibility with Christopher de Leon is undeniable. I hope that they’d do something again this year.

Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984)

Diyos ko naman! Mawawala ba ito kung meron kang collection ng mga classic Pinoy films? This is the film that started all the crap that we’re seeing every film festival in December. But mind you, this one cannot be compared to the series that we’re seeing nowadays. This original Gallaga production, brought three great directors (Kristopher M. Lauengco, Ishmael Bernal, and Peque Gallaga) together to form a new era of Pinoy horror.

Kisapmata (Blink of an Eye, 1981)

Inspired by Quijano de Manila’s (Nick Joaquin) The House on Zapote Street, this film marvelously depicted horror and suspense in a not-so-typical family somewhere in Manila. Vic Silayan’s portrayal of the domineering patriarch is enough to put you at the edge of your seat in suspense, grind your teeth in hatred, and applaud in recognition of his talent. I say this is (arguably) Mike de Leon’s finest film evah!

Itim (The Rites of May, 1976)

Mike de Leon’s first featured film that focused on the supernatural, mixed with suspense and the possibility of having the two deliver an all-powerful Filipino drama. Charo Santos and Mona Lisa were great!

Misteryo Sa Tuwa (Joyful Mysteries, 1984)

A classic brought to us by Abbo dela Cruz, which emphasized the want of wealth as  an only trigger to unrest and distrust. This film effectively showcased a bunch of Filipino talents that we still see in our screens. A masterpiece worth seeing over and over again.


Gumising ka Maruja (Wake Up, Maruja, 1978)

Lino Brocka’s  dark interpretation of Mars Ravelo’s classic tale. Susan Roces showcased her versatility as an actress, and a heroine. Indeed a great addition to a collection of timeless Pinoy classics.

I’m looking at starting to write a more detailed review, once I get the hang of the new site.

I’ll keep you posted.

Taray ng mga titles di ‘ba?

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.


  1. hi

    would you have a contact number of janna at mcs? or at least her stall number? pls send it to my email. would also want to check her pinoy titles as you listed here 🙂 thanks!


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