16 November 2016

Eight Batangas-Themed Movies on IMDB


When one considers how colorful the history of Batangas has been, and how colorful life in the province continues to be up to the present day, it is a bit surprising to note that there has been a dearth of Batangas-themed movies made over the years. Perhaps this is a challenge to budding Batangas-born film-makers to do something to rectify the situation. At any rate, I did find eight movies on IMDB with direct Batangas themes. Of these, only the 1969 Hollywood B-Movie was internationally made.

Most if not all of these movies will be unfamiliar to younger generations, but those among readers who are my contemporaries will definitely recognize the actors involved: Fred Montilla, Zaldy Zhornack, Gloria Romero, Nida Blanca, Rod Navarro, Ramon Zamora and many others.

Title : Siklab sa Batangas
Year : 1952
Director : Nardo Vercudia
Main Actors : Fred Montilla, Gloria Romero, Van de Leon, Bella Flores
Genre : Action | Drama | War



Title : Batangueña
Year : 1953
Director : F. H. Constantino
Main Actors : Jaime de la Rosa, Nida Blanca, Lou Salvador, Letty Alonzo
Genre : Action | Comedy | Romance

Image credit:  Video 48.

Title : Zaldong Batangueño
Year : 1963
Director : Artemio Marquez
Main Actors : Zaldy Zshornack, Dolphy, Panchito, Maggie de la Riva
Genre : Action | Comedy

Image credit: Video 48.

Title : Batangueño Brothers
Year : 1964
Director : Artemio Marquez
Main Actors : Zaldy Zshornack, Ronald Remy, Panchito, Paquito Diaz
Genre : Action

Image credit:  Video 48.

Title : Mission Batangas
Year : 1969
Director : Keith Larsen
Main Actors : Dennis Weaver, Vera Miles, Keith Larsen, Leopoldo Salcedo
Genre : Adventure | War



Title : Sosayting Batangueña
Year : 1971
Director : F. H. Constantino
Main Actors : Ricky Belmonte, Geraldine, Joseph Sytangco, Aurora Salve
Genre : ≡≡≡

Geraldine (above) starred in Sosayting Batangueña.  Image credit:  Video 48.

Title : Batangueñong Intsik
Year : 1977
Director : Jose Miranda Cruz
Main Actors : Rod Navarro, Edna Diaz, Ike Lozada, Ramon Zamora
Genre : ≡≡≡

Rod Navarro (above) starred in Batangueñong Intsik. Image credit:  Video 48.

Title : Batangueño Kabitenyo
Year : 1995
Director : Felix E. Dalay
Main Actors : Leo Martinez, Anjanette Abayari, Roldan Aquino, Ana Bautista
Genre : Comedy



If you recall any Batangas-themed movies that you might have seen over the years, please let me know about them by way of the comments section below this article.

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