Teresita T. Quintana, one of the daughters of Francisco Quintana and Consuelo Talampas was born on July 17, 1931 in the town of Santa Rosa, Laguna.
At a young age, she was already a dancer/singer in Life Theater during World War 11.
She was 13 years old when Director Gerardo de Leon cast her in Dawn of Freedom where she co-starred with Fernando Poe Sr., Leopoldo Salcedo, Norma Blancaflor, Angel Esmeralda and Rosa Aguirre together with Japanese performers. The film was directed by Abe Yutaka, produced by Toho Production and distributed by Eiga Haiktusha.
In 1948 during the Post-war era, she got her biggest break when she appeared in Sa Tokyo Ikinasal opposite Rogelio de la Rosa with Armando Goyena as her partner. Their tandem became a favorite loveteam of the movie going public.
Tessie Quintana with her co-star Carlos Salazar in Dalagang Nayon
Then she appeared in films one after the other. She appeared in Krus na Bakal and Candaba with Teody Belarmino, Bayan o Pag-ibig with Rogelio de la Rosa , Dalawang Panata with Jaime de la Rosa, and Abarinding and Dalagang Nayon with Carlos Salazar.
Her other films included Singsing na Tanzo and Limang Punglo with Nestor de Villa, Heneral Gregorio del Pilar with Jose Padilla Jr. and Dagohoy with Mario Montenegro.
Her love team with Armando Goyena was still raking in box-office cash. They appeared in films like Virginia (1949), Talisman (1951), Tiya Loleng (1952), and Damong Ligaw (1954).
A series of LVN films included Prinsesang Basahan (1949), Tenyente Carlos Blanca (1952), Hawayana and Palasyong Pawid (1955).
When her contract was finished at LVN Pictures, other producers made a beeline to her doorstep.
During this period, she made such films like Kadenang Putik, Pabo Real and Tokyo 1960 with co-stars Eddie del Mar and Zaldy Zshornack. The film was directed by Teodorico Santos about a story of a monster who brought havoc and destroyed buildings in Japan’s commercial conclaves.
She won the FAMAS best actress trophy in 1961 for Alaala Kita where she co-starred with Efren Reyes Sr. Another of her films was Sarah Sollente, produced by the Santiago clan of Premiere Productions.
Manuel Conde set up his own production outfit, MC Pictures, which churned out the Juan Tamad film series. The film series was based on politics in the mid 50’s to early 60`s. These included Juan Tamad at si Juan Masipag Sa Pulitikang Walang Hanggan, Juan Tamad Goes to Society, Juan Tamad Enters Malacañang and Juan Tamad Goes to Congress with Adorable Liwanag. Manuel Conde starred, produced and directed these films.
One younger sister of Tessie Quitana joined showbiz and used the screen name Rebecca. Tessie’s younger sister entered around mid 60’s making flicks for Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions of Atty. Esperidion Laxa and FPJ Productions of Fernando Poe Jr.
Tessie Quintana was married to movie actor Johnny Reyes, the brother of Efren Reyes, Sr. who also used to appear as Tessie’s leading man.
Tessie was afflicted with the Big C or cancer and was 38 years old when she died at the Medical Center Manila on February 25, 1969. She was interred at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina. She left her actor husband, two sons and a daughter.
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