Nov 06
MOVIE IDOL IN THE POSTWAR ERA by Tante de Ramos  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Nov 6, 2009

His movie name was Armando Goyena and he was a contract actor of LVN Pictures, Inc. He was the son of Jose Revilla Sr. and Florentina Goyena and his real name was Jose Goyena Revilla, Jr. He was born on the seventh day of December in the year 1922.

He studied at the then De La Salle College and finished a degree in Commerce. During the postwar years, he became a member of an acting troupe who performed for military veterans under the directorial tutelage of playwright Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero.

In the 50’s, he acted in classical plays with stage contemparies that included Daisy Avellana, who later became the wife of renowned film director Lamberto Avellana.

Director Avellana later on established the Barangay Theater Guild and cast Goyena in some memorable movies he directed. This film assignments eventually honed his acting ability.

Armando Goyena with his perennial loveteam Tessie Quintana at LVN Pictures, Inc

Goyena was given a break by LVN Pictures, Inc. He appeared as lead star in the film Maria Beles. His other film assignments included Prinsesang Basahan with co-star Tessie Quintana in her first starring role as a lead actress. The movie became a box office hit and the film outfit decided to keep them together as a love team in their forthcoming productions.

Some of the other films he made with Tessie Quintana included Tiya Loleng (with Nida Blanca), Virginia (with Rosa Rosal as the villain) and Misteryoso as a guerilla on whose forehead a cross appears when there are signs of imminent danger or trouble, specially the presence of enemies like Japanese soldiers.

The other LVN films he appeared in included Tenyente Carlos Blanco, a war picture which starred him with the new love team of his co-stars Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa, and directed by Tony Arnaldo; Isabelita; Pagtutuos; Damong Ligaw; Palasyong Pawid; Puting Bantayog; Talisman; Abandonado; Philippine Navy; and Ligaw Tingin.

The latter films included Hawayana, a South Sea romance made in color; David at Goliath, a costume movie that cast Goyena as the giant-killing would-be king; and Sa Tokyo Ikinasal with Rogelio dela Rosa in the lead role.

His popularity gained its apex when he portrayed the title role of local superhero Kapitan Kidlat in 1953 under the direction of Oscar del Rosario. In Anak ng Berdugo, he was paired with new leading lady Cecilia Lopez in a film where marionettes were used. This 1953 film also had in the cast Johnny Reyes as the villain.

In 2001, the aging actor appeared in a Metropolitan Manila Film Festival film entry produced by Regal Entertainment Inc. and MAQ Productions, Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure. He appeared as the grandfather of Street Boys actor Danilo Barrios. The cast also included Rustom Padilla, Albert Martinez, Mia Pratts, Bearwin Meilly and Goyena’s real son Johnny. Goyena bagged the best actor FAMAS trophy for his role in this film which also garnered the Best Picture award in the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Goyena married Francisca ‘Paquita’ Roces, one of the beautiful Camay Girls during the 1950s.

They have six beautiful daughters and an only son. The most popularly known in show business was Maritess Revilla who became a Camay Girl like her mother and married an Araneta. One memorable movie Maritess appeared in was Esteban as the leading lady of the King of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr. The film was produced by FPJ Productions and directed by Celso Ad. Castillo.

Another daughter, Tina Revilla, also entered showbiz and became a TV host. She married a Valencia who is now the chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. She entered showbiz via a movie pairing her with Dolphy Jr.

The only son, Johnny, is married to singer Janet Basco.

He has grandchildren in today’s movie circles, including Bernard Palanca, the former husband of Merryl Soriano. Appearing in one film with Sharon Cuneta and as a bosom friend of Robin Padilla in a picture titled Pagdating ng Panahon.

Another grandson is Bernard’s brother Mico Palanca who is also into television hosting.

Armando Goyena is already 85 years old and now retired from show business.

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