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Film Review: Makahiya at Talahib (1976)

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The Plot: – “…Arturo (Rudy Fernandez) is a convict on the run after being framed for rape. Aurora (Vilma Santos), a sculptress at odds with her overbearing mother (Gloria Romero), falls for him and is convinced of his innocence. When Arturo takes revenge on those who framed him, Aurora helps him plot his escape. This, while her sister Beatriz (Trixia Gomez) has a brief affair with Arturo…” – Music & Laughter TV (READ MORE)

The Reviews: – Produced by Goodwill Productions, Makahiya at Talahib (1976) featured Rudy Fernandez as Arturo Clemente, an escapee who was wrongly convicted for rape and murder of a child.  He was rape in jail and psychologically tortured and successfully escaped.  The film started with Arturo attempted hijacked a vehicle from two men.  He took their clothes and truck while allowing them to run for their lives naked.  He went back to his hometown and hide in the forest.  The following scenes were the introduction of Aurora (Vilma Santos, whose voice was noticeably dubbed by someone), Arturo’s lover, a wood carver.  While at work, she and Steve (Romeo Rivera) heard the news about Arturo’s escape.  The radio broadcast mentioned the killing of a prison guard and that Arturo is armed and dangerous.  Meanwhile, her sister Beatrice (Trixia Gomez) was seen making out with a man in the rice farm, an obvious ploy to get the attention of male movie goers, as even with this scenes deleted, it will not affect the movie’s main story.

The news of Arturo’s come back made the guilty party scared, Ingo (max Alvarado) and Steve together with their gang discussed their next move, both warned about Arturo’s possible revenge.  Also worried is Aurora’s mother (Gloria Romero), she told her two daughters about the looming danger and reminded Aurora of not to get involve.  Baldo, (Rocco Montalban) was the first goon to die.  Arturo met him.  They fought and Baldo, was seen collapsing. Arturo left assuming he killed the goon.  The next day, Beatrice warned her sister that she still likes Arturo.  Aurora found Arturo in the forest, she confronted him and realized that Arturo was confuse but convinced he is innocent.  But she convinced him that he should turned himself in.  She asked for their town’s parish priest help but it was too late.   The real killer, Steve and his gang together with the town’s police group surrounded Arturo’s secret hide away.  He was shot and killed.   The end.

Written and directed by Emmanuel H. Borlaza, Makahiya’t Talahib spooned-fed its story to its viewers.  No element of surprise, as we already know from the very beginning that Arturo is innocent.  It was obvious that the film tried to sell sex.  The ending, showing the kissing scene of Rudy Fernandez and Vilma Santos despite it’s limitation was use as the film’s promo.   Trixia Gomez’s several unnecessary sex scenes would be more fitting to entice the male movie goers.  Unfortunately, Gomez’ daring scenes weren’t enough and even with Rudy and Vi’s tame sex scenes, the film failed both commercially and artistically.  Although many considered this film as a prelude to Vilma’s career transformation the following year via “Burlesk Queen.”  Testing her fans with her  first screen kissing scene.  But this milestone was eclipse by her decision to allow someone to dub her own voice.  Meanwhile, Rudy Fernandez tried very hard to portrayed Arturo but lack the intensity.  Like Aurora’s unfinished wood sculptures, the supporting cast needs more sculpting.  Gloria Romero’s acting was ordinary.  Trixia Gomez’s was bland.  Romeo Rivera, Rocco Montalban and Max Alvarado were all stereotypically uneventful.  It was reported that Borlaza was so in-demand, he was shooting two films at the same time while doing Makahiya.  In an interview, he admitted “his film was more commercial than Brocka or Bernal but he’s not bother by this criticism.  As he’s more concern on what his audience wants to see and making sure his producer made profit.”  Unfortunately, “Makahiya at Talahib” needs more work to be credible and believable otherwise like what Aurora did on her wood carved sculpture in the end, the film should be throw and trash.  – RV

Makahiya at Talahib (Videos)

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Plot Description: Wrongfully convicted Arturo (Rudy Fernandez) escaped from prison and went back to his hometown for revenge but was further framed by the same gang who initially concocted a crime that sent him to jail. Aurora (Vilma Santos), Arturo’s girlfriend tried to convince him to surrender but it was too late, he was killed. – RV (READ MORE)

Remembering Rudy Fernandez

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The Superstardom – “…Kapwa nagsimula sina Rudy at Lito sa pa-extra-extra. Wika nga, they both started from scratch. Kahit na may mga kamag-anak silang nauna sa kanila sa movies, they began from the bottom and struggled their way up to the ranks of superstardom. Matagal na nagtiyaga si Rudy sa pagiging extra at bit player. Naging second lead siya ni Nora Aunor sa Wanted Dead or Alive at naging rapist pa nga ni Lorna Tolentino sa Leap Year Ngayon, Lagot ka, Pipikutin kita na kung saan si Christopher de Leon ang leading man ni Lorna. Nabigyan si Rudy ng kanyang pinakamalaking break sa pelikulang Bitayin si Baby Ama na pinagtambalan nila ng babaing naging ina ni Mark Anthony, si Alma Moreno. Nagkasunod-sunod na ang mga pelikula ni Rudy pagkatapos nito….Marami rin namang pelikulang ginawa si Rudy na hindi malilimutan noong panahong iyon, halimbawa’y ang Salonga (ang ikalawang pelikulang batay sa buhay ng Tondo kingpin na si Asiong Salonga), Maynila 1970, Panganib Araw at Gabi, at Anak sa Una, Kasal sa Ina. Nang magkahiwalay sila ni Alma at mapaugnay siya Kay Lorna Tolentino, sinasabing muling nagkaroon ng sigla, ng panibagong ningning ang career ni Rudy. Naging nominado siya sa Urian at Famas best actor awards para sa Pepeng Shotgun. nagkasunod-sunod ang kanyang box office hits gaya ng Kahit Ako’y Lupa, Nueve de Pebrero, Kumander Kris, Boy Condenado, Kumander Elpidio Paclibar at Get My Son, Dead or Alive…” – Mario E. Bautista, Movie Flash Magazine, March 24, 1983 (READ MORE)

Bankable Star – “…Then came Rudy Fernandez, the current heart throb of many lonely hearts. His coming was not much of a bang. In fact, naghintay muna siya ng kaunting panahong pinamulaklakan ng pagtitiyaga, pagpapakasakit at paghihirap. But in the end, Rudy came out the victor. Now he’s one of the few-in-demand, most sought-after action stars of the country. It was in MBM Pictures’ “Bitayin Si Baby Ama” where Rudy made people recognize his potential as an actor of the first order. Hindi lamang bilang aktor kundi bilang isang box office drawer na matatawag ngayong one of the bankable stars of Philippine movies. Na ang ibig sabihin nito, basta pelikula ni Rudy Fernandez ay puwede nang iutang sa bangko. Dahil sa maaasahan nga ito sa takilya. Lalong tumingkad ang pangalang Rudy Fernandez nang ito’y nai-link sa isa pang maluningning na pangalan sa pelikulang lokal na si Alma Moreno. Naging maganda ang kanilang team hindi lamang sa pelikula kundi maging sa tunay na buhay. Ang totoo nga ay nagkaroon din ng ugnayan ang dalawa at nagkaroon pa nga sila ng isang anak na si Mark Anthony. Ngayon, split na muna ang dalawa at si Rudy ay nag-iisa ngayon sa kanyang magarang bahay sa White Plains, Quezon City. Meanwhile, Rudy’s movie career is continuously riding high and as the years go by ay lalong naging established actor itong poging anak ng nasirang direktor na si Yoyong Fernandez. Kunsabagay, hindi dapat pagtakhan ito. Nasa kanyang dugo ang dugo ng mga Padilla, isa sa mga pangunahing angkan sa pelikulang Pilipino. At nasa dugo pa rin niya ang dugo ng mga Fernandez na tulad ng mga Padilla ay may talino’t kakayahan ding taglay. Hindi yata basta direktor ang kanyang ama….At that, Rudy Fernandez can well be the star, nay, as the actor to contend with. In fact, he almost romped away with the FAMAS Best Actor Award for his brilliant portrayal of the title role in “Star?” of Agrix Films but lost out by a mere point to Mat Ranillo III in 1978. And again, the following year, 1979, Rudy was once more a strong contender for the same category but lost out eventually to Fernando Poe, Jr. by a few votes…” – Ross F. Celino, Jr., Jingle Extra Hot Movie Entertainment Magazine, April 20, 1981 (READ MORE)

Peace-Loving Nature – “…One time, we missed him by a few minutes when he went to the National Press Club to settle a spat with another movie star through the intercession of our friend, then NPC president Marcelo Lagmay and former FAMAS president Rudy Salandanan. The misunderstanding between the movie actors was resolved, all right. Which reflected to peace-loving nature of Daboy — he went out of his way to settle a row. He had a soft heart for the small people, too. Consider: In one of those times when I dropped by the Press Club, I was thanked by some of the NPC employees for supposed Christmas gifts to them. When I asked them about it, they pointed to the sacks of rice which they said came from Rudy Fernandez, thinking that it was us. Actually, I used to contribute cash gifts for the NPC employees during Christmas but not in kind. I told them that the sacks of rice did not come from us. When the NPC staff rechecked the gift’s accompanying letter, they noted that it was the movie actor and his lovely wife Lorna who sent the rice….” – Rudy A. Fernandez (READ MORE)

Rodolfo “Rudy” Valentino Padilla Fernandez, screen name Rudy Fernandez (March 3, 1952 – June 7, 2008), also known as “Daboy”, was a multi-awarded Filipino actor and producer. He came to prominence as an action star in the Philippine cinema during the 1980s up to the early 1990s. – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Rudy Fernandez and Vilma Santos

Payaso (1986) – “…The 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival was considered the worst in the 12-year history of the annual 10-day festival of local movies. For the first time, it did not give out the traditional first and second best picture awards. Two other categories— best story and best screenplay were not also given. “No one of the seven entries deserved these awards,” according to Tingting Cojuangco, one of the jurors…” – J C Nigado (READ MORE)

Makahiya at Talahib (1977) – “…Ang pangalawang taon ng MMFF (1976) ay ginawa ng Disyembre (itinapat sa araw ng Pasko) para daw mas marami ang makapanood lalo na ang mga bata ng mga pelikulang Tagalog. Ang pelikulang “Makahiya At Talahib” ang panlaban nina Vilma Santos at Rudy Fernandez samantalang ang kay Nora ay ang pelikulang “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo.” Dito sa pelikulang Makahiya At Talahib ay binayaran daw si Vilma ng Php 100,000 kahit hindi siya ang nag-dub ng pelikula kundi si Laura Hermosa….” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976) – “…To recall, the senior and junior movie queens appeared in these movies: Bulaklak at Paru-paro (1970), Mga Reynang Walang Trono(1976) and Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986). Amalia directed Vilma’s episode in Mga Reyna and agreed to second billing to Vilma in Asawa Ko. No doubt about it, Amalia Muhlach Sumilang Fuentes, is a Vilmanian. To seal their sisterhood and camaraderie, Vilma is Ninang to Liezl Martinez and to the latter’s son Alfonso. Why, Liezl even sang a song ’’Wind Beneath My Wings’ to her surprised mother that night which drove the strong-willed and still beautiful Amalia to tears. A Kodak moment, indeed. Priceless! While interviewing the three Muhlach generations, Fuentes, Liezl and young daughter Aliyanna, Amalia revealed to Vilma that she is protective of her ’unica hija’ Liezl. ”Ay naku, I think I also have become like my Mom, I’m also very protective of my children,” Liezl remarks…” – Mario O. Garces (READ MORE)

Bertang Kerengkeng (1976) – “…Isa sa mga minimithi noon ni Atty. Esperidion Laxa bago siya magretiro bilang prodyuser ay mapagtambal niya sina Vi at Rudy Fernandez. Subali’t paano pa niya ito magagawa samantalang wala na si Rudy. Eniwey si Vi at Rudy ay nagkasama naman sa mga pelikulang Vilma & The Beep Beep Minica (1974), Ibong Lukaret (1975), Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976), Bertang Kerengkeng(1976) at Makahiya at Talahib (1976). Nagkasabay silang maging FAMAS best actress at best actor noong 1987, si Vi sa pelikulang Tagos Ng Dugo….si Rudy naman ay sa pelikulang Victor Corpus. Sa 1998 FAP awards ay magkasabay din silang pinarangalan bilang best actress at best actor…..si Vi sa pelikulang Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa?…..si Rudy sa pelikulang Birador…” – Alfonso Valencia (READ MORE)

Dugo at pag-ibig sa kapirasong lupa (1975) – “…A Must for the Filipino History Students and for everyone who wants to awaken the innate nationalism in them. These series of stories depicting the fight of the Filipinos against colonialism of Spain, Japan and even their fellow Filipinos abusing the power in the government. A seemingly serious film but spiced with the star-studded cast like Fernando Poe Jr., Ramon Revilla, Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Dante Rivero, Eddie Garcia, Vic Vargas, Goerge Estregan and the other all time favorite artists. This movie even highlighted the comparison between the love of country and the other kind of love we offer to our family and to our beloved as the story featured love stories in the midst of tragic and bloody war happening in our society…” – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Ibong lukaret (1975) – “…1975 was another productive year for Vilma Santos as she did nine films mostly title roles like Vilma Viente Nueve, Darna Vs the Planet Women, and Ibong Lukaret. It was the “prep” stage for the years to come as she was given more mature roles like the local festival entry, “Karugtong ang Kahapon” and Celso Ad Castillo’s “Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw.” Tagulan was the first film of Vilma and Christopher De Leon. While Vilma was testing the water for more serious mature projects, Ishmael Bernal decided to return to his original forte, drama, after years of doing light comedies and television work. He came up with “Mister Mo, Lover boy Ko” and “Lumapit, Lumayo Ang Umaga.” Both films featured sexy star, Elizabeth Oropeza…” – RV (READ MORE)

Dugo at pag-ibig sa kapirasong lupa (1975) – “…A Must for the Filipino History Students and for everyone who wants to awaken the innate nationalism in them. These series of stories depicting the fight of the Filipinos against colonialism of Spain, Japan and even their fellow Filipinos abusing the power in the government. A seemingly serious film but spiced with the star-studded cast like Fernando Poe Jr., Ramon Revilla, Joseph Estrada, Nora Aunor, Dante Rivero, Eddie Garcia, Vic Vargas, Goerge Estregan and the other all time favorite artists. This movie even highlighted the comparison between the love of country and the other kind of love we offer to our family and to our beloved as the story featured love stories in the midst of tragic and bloody war happening in our society…” – Kabayan Central (READ MORE)

Vilma and the Beep Beep Minica (1974) – “…She was also a hit in “Dyesebel” and the thrillers “Takbo, Vilma, Dali” and “Hatinggabi Na, Vilma.” She also did other fantasy films like “Phantom Lady,” “Vivian Volta,” “Wonder Vi,” and “Vilma and the Beep Beep Minica…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

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Filmography: Vilma and the Beep, Beep, Minica (1974)

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Basic Information: Directed: Romy Susara; Story, screenplay: Nilo Saez; Cast: Vilma Santos, Nick Romano, Romeo Miranda, Ramil Rodriguez, Rudy Fernandez, Max Alvarado, Angelo Ventura, Joaquin Fajardo, Elizabeth Ramsey, Renato Robles, Ruben Ramos, Romy Luartes, Romy Medalla, SOS Daredevils; Original Music: George Canseco; Cinematography: Tommy Marcelino

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Film Review: “…She was also a hit in “Dyesebel” and the thrillers “Takbo, Vilma, Dali” and “Hatinggabi Na, Vilma.” She also did other fantasy films like “Phantom Lady,” “Vivian Volta,” “Wonder Vi,” and “Vilma and the Beep Beep Minica…” – Mario Bautista (READ MORE)

“…Rodolfo “Rudy” Valentino Padilla Fernandez, screen name Rudy Fernandez[1] (March 3, 1952 – June 7, 2008), also known as “Daboy”, was a multi-awarded Filipino actor and producer. He came to prominence as an action star in the Philippine cinema during the 1980s up to the early 1990s…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

Filmography: Ibong Lukaret (1975)

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Basic Information: Directed: Tito Sanchez; Story: Maria Theresa; Screenplay: Jose Flores Sibal; Cast: Vilma Santos, George Estregan, Alona Alegre, Nick Romano, Marissa Delgado, Rudy Fernandez, Arnold Mendoza, Daria Ramirez, Joe Sison, Franco Guerrero, Lucita Soriano; Original Music: Danny Subido; Cinematography: Ricardo Herrera

Plot Description: Vilma witnessed the traumatic death of her mother that made her crazy until she met the murderer again.

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Film Review: “…Estregan won critical acclaim for many of his performances. In 1972, he was named FAMAS Best Actor for Sukdulan, and would win two other FAMAS Awards for Best Supporting actor for Kid Kaliwete (1978) and Lumakad Kang Hubad sa Mundong Ibabaw (1980). He was nominated for the FAMAS Award three other times, as Best Actor for Lumapit, Lumayo ang Umaga (1975) and Lalake Ako (1982), and for Best Supporting Actor in Magkayakap sa Magdamag (1986). He also received a nomination from the Gawad Urian as Best Actor for Hostage: Hanapin si Batuigas (1977)…” – Wikipedia (READ MORE)

“…1975 was another productive year for Vilma Santos as she did nine films mostly title roles like Vilma Viente Nueve, Darna Vs the Planet Women, and Ibong Lukaret. It was the “prep” stage for the years to come as she was given more mature roles like the local festival entry, “Karugtong ang Kahapon” and Celso Ad Castillo’s “Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw.” Tagulan was the first film of Vilma and Christopher De Leon. While Vilma was testing the water for more serious mature projects, Ishmael Bernal decided to return to his original forte, drama, after years of doing light comedies and television work. He came up with “Mister Mo, Lover boy Ko” and “Lumapit, Lumayo Ang Umaga.” Both films featured sexy star, Elizabeth Oropeza…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…Before he was Vilma’s leading man in Makahiya at Talahib, Rudy Fernandez played a supporting role in Ibong Lukaret. Both films were released in 1975…” – The 28th (READ MORE)

Filmography: Mga Reynang Walang Trono (1976)

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Basic Information: Direction: Fely Crisostomo and Amalia Muhalch; Cast: Amalia Fuentes, Vilma Santos, Eddie Gutierrez, Robert Arevalo, Rudy Fernandez and Eddie Garcia, Rez Cortez, Greg Lozano, Mar F. Cornes; Story: Rino Fernan Silverio; Screenplay: Toto Belano; Cinematography: Hermo U. Santos; Production Company: AM Productions; Release Date: February 26, 1976; Serialized in Bondying Weekly Movie Specials – Video48

Plot Description: A story of two women who lived and reigned as queen in their own world. Dureza (Vilma Santos) a poor lass who got married to a rich man, Don Mauricio (Eddie Garcia) whom she does not love, but just to give comfort to her family. Amanda (Amalia Fuentez) a popular actress, whom people look up to, but due to unavoidable circumstances killed her husband. Both women end up in jail to pay for what they have done. Also stars, Rober Arevalo, Rex Cortez, Greg Lozano. Directed by Amalia Fuentes and Fely Crisostomo for AM Productions. – Trigon Video Distributor

Film Achievement: Film directed by two female, movie queen Amalia Fuentez and veteran director Fely Crisostomo; Originally written by Rico Fernan Silverio for Bondying Movie Special comics (1974-1975) and illustrated by Hal Santiago.

Film Review: “…By mid decades, Vilma Santos’ career was gradully moving into dramas catering the adult audience and films with social-adult issues. She did the sequel “Hindi Nakakahiya” and “Nagaapoy na Damdamin” about the affair of a young woman with an older man and “Mga Rosas Sa Putikan” about the lives of prostitutes. Aside from these films, she also did four light comedies and two notable ones: “Mga Reynang Walang Trono” a comedy with movie queen Amalia Fuentez and “Bato Sa Buhangin,” the box office hit that reunited her with the late Fernando Poe Jr. Bernal on the other hand, cemented his reputation as one of the most serious director with critically appreciated hit films, “Ligaw Na Bulaklak” staring the young sexy star, Alma Moreno and the drama film that featured two dramatic stars, Daria Ramirez and Elizabeth Oropeza in “Nunal Sa Tubig.” He also directed a light comedy, “Tisoy,” Christopher De Leon in title role…” – RV (READ MORE)

“…To recall, the senior and junior movie queens appeared in these movies: Bulaklak at Paru-paro (1970), Mga Reynang Walang Trono(1976) and Asawa Ko, Huwag Mong Agawin (1986). Amalia directed Vilma’s episode in Mga Reyna and agreed to second billing to Vilma in Asawa Ko. No doubt about it, Amalia Muhlach Sumilang Fuentes, is a Vilmanian. To seal their sisterhood and camaraderie, Vilma is Ninang to Liezl Martinez and to the latter’s son Alfonso. Why, Liezl even sang a song ’’Wind Beneath My Wings’ to her surprised mother that night which drove the strong-willed and still beautiful Amalia to tears. A Kodak moment, indeed. Priceless! While interviewing the three Muhlach generations, Fuentes, Liezl and young daughter Aliyanna, Amalia revealed to Vilma that she is protective of her ’unica hija’ Liezl. ”Ay naku, I think I also have become like my Mom, I’m also very protective of my children,” Liezl remarks…” – Mario O. Garces (READ MORE)