Iginuhit ng Tadhana (1965)

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Soon to be released for nation-wide showing is the much-awaited film, Iginuhit ng Tadhana, starring the favourite love-team of Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales. Also starring veteran character actress Rosa Mia, Iginuhit ng Tadhana is directed by three top movie directors: Conrado Conde, Jose de Villa, and Mar S. Torres. Iginuhit ng Tadhana is a film based on the colourful and exciting life of Ferdinand E. Marcos, one of the most outstanding personalities of our time. From the law student who argues his case before the Supreme Court in a stirring defense of his own life, to the Bataan soldier who risked his life many times to become his country’s most decorated hero, and finally the brilliant stateman who distinguised himself in politics and in Congress, whose celebrated romance with a national beauty fired a nation’s imagination – all these have been captured and vividly projected on film in one of the few motion pictures destine for greatness. Luis Gonzales who has starred in some of the screen’s most dramatic hits plays the most important and challenging role of his career as Ferdinand E. Marc os. Gloria Romero, first lady of the screen in beauty, glamour and box-office prominence, portrays the role of another national beauty and top model who became the Senator’s lady, Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Rosa Mia personafies the woman to whom Ferdinand Marcos owes much of himself and his success, his mother, Mrs. Josefa Edralin Marcos. Together, all three combine dramatic talents in their most impressive and inspired performance in Iginuhit ng Tadhana.

The screenplay of the film was written by Emmanuel Borlaza and Luciano B. Carlos who based their scenario on personal interview with people associated with his life, actual newspaper reports, published stories and magazine articles about him, and other sources of material. Musical scoring of the picture is directed by Restie Umali. Cameramaen for the production are Steve Perez, Felipe Santiago and Amaury Agra. Film editors are Jose Tarnate and Marcelino Navarro. Three assistant directors have been assigned to this production: Santiago Dueñas, Charlie Ordoñes, and Tony Lumen. In charge of sets is Honorato de la Paz. For authentic locale, the film shooting unit motored to different places in the Philippines for location shooting. Director Conrado Conde shot most of the first portion of the film in Ferdinand Marcos’ hometown in Batac and Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, and in the town plaza of Laoag. Houses of pre-war style were reconstructed to enhance the authenticity, and special pre-war costumes were ordered, including those of students of the University of the Philippines, where Marcos studies in his youth. Director De Villa, who directs the second portion, brought his entire film unit to the hills of Bataan, Tarlac, Tayabas, Fort Santiago and Bessang Pass, where highlights of Marcos’ career as a soldier were filmed. For the third portion, Director Mar S. Torres took his filming unit to Baguio, where the celebrated romances of Ferdinand and Imelda culminated in the much-publicized “wedding of the year.” Highlighting the film Iginuhit ng Tadhana are portions of Ferdinand Marcos political career and the national convention that made him the youngest contender for the highest postion in the land. Iginuhit ng Tadhana has a selected cast of top-ranking actors and actresses in Philippine movies, and hundreds of extras. Announcements about the premierre showing at a first-class downtown theater will be released soon. – Screen Stardom, August 1965, reposted at Video48