Tony Ferrer and Vilma Santos

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Pursuit of Happiness – “…At the very start of his career Tony had already been marked as a lvoer boy by movie reporters because of his way with women. Also it led to many embarassments. “One time I had to seek out the parents fo a woman whom I was serious about to explain rumors linking me to a top model. Then there was a wealthy couple who were shocked upon reading that their daughter had gone on dates with me without their knowledge. The truth of the matter was that we didn’t know each other that intimately, and the movie scribes simply mistook her for another woman.” His reputation also led to his automatically being linked romantically with his leading ladies – from Charito Solis, Divina Valencia, Daisy Romualdez, Josephine Estrada, Liberty Ilagan, Liza Lorena to Imelda Ilanan. “This really complicated my authentic and serious pursuit of happiness,” Tony laughed. “I was always trying to dispel jealousy from my object of the moment.”…Has he found the right girl already? “I thought I did at one time,” he replied, starign blankly at his drink. “But something went wrong -not of our making -and before you know it I was again out looking for another face in the crowd….Do you know that during the past five years each year was thought to be the last of my bachelorhood because of this and that woman? Well, I’ve stopped projecting myself into future marriage dates. I’m starting to believe that getting married is like meeting an accident. You are not sure when or how it will happen. But to be frank with you I really hope I meet that “accident” soon. I’ve been on a spree all of my life and it’s starting to be a bore. I’ve had it…”

Topical, Realistic Themes “…Tony and the Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions plan not only to produce big budgeted films for international competition next year, but to bring into local movies topical, realistic themes like student power, social unrest, violence in our midst, etc. But meanwhile, the gring has to go on. Right now he is filming Blue Seal Mata Hari under the direction of Leody Diaz, where he is experimenting on teaming up Filipino actors with colored women and vice – versa. And for the first time, he said, a Filipina actress, sex siren Liza Belmonte, consented to be kissed by a colored man in this film. So it goes too with Tony, where he is paired with two colored women with kissing scenes…” – P. Oden Amurao, Republic Weekly, 03 October 1967 (READ MORE)

Senior Actor – “…Samantala, ang original Agent X44 na si Tony Ferrer ay nakasama ni Vi sa mga pelikulang Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak (1970) at The Wonderful World of Music (1971). Si Tony ay kapatid nina Atty. Esperidion Laxa ng Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions at Nick Romano. Si Vi ang naging maid of honor sa kasal nina Tony at ng dating Mutya ng Pilipinas na si Alice Crisostomo. Nagkaanak si Tony kay Alice na naging Mutya ng Pilipinas din na si Mutya Crisostomo. Si Tony ay may anak din sa Vilmanian na si Imelda Ilanan at ito ay si Maricel Laxa na inaanak sa kasal ni Vi…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Tony Ferrer A theater usher-turned-actor, he shared top billing with Fernando Poe Jr., Romeo Vasquez, Von Serna and Jess Medina in Mga Tigreng Taga-bukid which was produced by elder brother Atty. Espiridion Laxa under Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions, Inc. He also appeared in Walang Ititirang Buhay with Aurora Salve, Rhene Imperial, Arnold Mendoza, his brother Nick Romano and Raul Aragon. Considered the most successful local agent character, he was secret agent Tony Falcon or Agent X-44. His most successful films included Sabotage and Crisis. He is the father of Maricel Laxa (with Imelda Ilanan) and Mutya Crisostomo (with Alice Crisostomo). His real name is Antonio Laxa from Pampanga. – Movie Industy (READ MORE)

Tony Ferrer and Vilma Santos

  • Darna and the Giants (1973) – Tony Ferrer in special appearance as Agent X44, Tony Falcon. After fighting the goons, Darna (Vilma Santos) met Agent X44 delivering to him the unconscious men while the cliche scene of police arrival at the end of fight scenes.
  • The Wonderful World of Music (1971) – Directed: Armando De Guzman; Story: Quentin De Guia; Screenplay: Natalie De Guzman; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Snooky Serna, Arnold Gamboa, Beth Manlongat, Tweeny, Von Serna, Armando De Guzman Jr., Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Lourdes Medel; Original Music: Danny Subido; Cinematography: Fortunato Bernardo. (READ MORE)
  • Sapagka’t Sila’y Aming Mga Anak (1970) – Director: Armando De Guzman; Story & Screenplay: Quentin De Guia, Armando De Guzman; Cast: Tony Ferrer, Boots Anson-Roa, Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Von Serna, Mila Ocampo; Original Music: Restie Umali; Release Date:4 October 1970 (Philippines); Produced: Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions (READ MORE)

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