Special Film: High School Circa ’65

”…As far as he can recall, his first gay outing was in the critically acclaimed High School Circa ’65. “Doon naman, I was nominated for Best Supporting Actor considering na 15 or 16 pa lang ako noon. I was the comic relief of the movie.” Bibeth Orteza, who played a teacher in High School Circa ’65, created a gay character for him in the sitcom “Tepok Bunot.” “Nag-hit ‘yon,” says Roderick. Then a producer gave him the lead role in Charot, a movie inspired by Dustin Hoffman’s gender-bending performance in Tootsie. Before Roderick knew it, other offers to do gay roles started coming his way, with one of them from a very persuasive line producer-actress. “After Charot, ayoko munang tanggapin ang mga gay-gay roles,” he says. “But it was Charo Santos who convinced me to do a gay movie where I would be paired with Maricel (Soriano).” The project was Regal Films’ Inday, Inday sa Balitaw which ended up being a huge success. “The rest is history!” Roderick exclaims. “Yun na! Sunud-sunud na sa box-office…” (READ MORE)

Maryo J. delos Reyes was born on October 12, 1952 in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines. He finished his primary education at Malate Catholic School and when he reached high school, he decided to give priesthood a chance and graduated at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary. His dream of being a director never left him so he enrolled at the Institute of Mass Communications of the University of the Philippines where he graduated with honors. While in school, he became active with PETA, the country’s premiere theater group in the seventies. He started handling acting workshops and a scriptwriter for the film Disco Fever. He then became the creative head of Agrix Films where he directed High School Circa ’65, his first directorial venture in 1979. He received nominations for his work on this film. Since then, he has directed 56 feature films, several television programs and specials, commercials and stage plays. – Tiburon Film Festival (READ MORE)

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