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ARCHIVE 3X! by Gabriel the Messenger  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Mar 18, 2011

Ano ba ang archive?

From Wikipedia: An archive is a collection of historical records, as well as the place they are located.[1] Archives contain primary source docu-ments that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization’s lifetime.

Everything happens for a good reason. Isa po iyan sa mga pinaniniwalaan ni GTM. At mukhang nangyari o nagka-totoo na naman.

While visiting, my mother, Nanang Lea, I saw her watching a war movie in black & white, in her colored television (TV). Important na detail iyon. Biruin mo, colored ang TV mo, may sky cable connection, tapos black & white ang pinapanood mo. Parang sayang naman ang kulay. Hindi ba?

Pero being a son of a soldier and a former soldier (short timer) himself, interested si GTM sa palabas. The movie was titled Pride of the Marines. Grabe ang labanan pero nakapatay ang bida ng about 200 na kalaban. At naka survive siya para makabalik sa Amerika. Pero nabulag siya dahil nahagisan siya ng granada ng isang naghihingalong kalaban.

As usual, nag research si GTM sa Google (kung interested siya) at nalaman niya na isang true story pala ang movie. Pero for this article, what GTM wants to point out, is the year the movie was released, 1945.

It was made many years ago, but GTM was able to see the movie (kahit na in black & white), enjoy (maganda namang talaga) and learn (maraming lessons ang movie).

Mabuti na lang at may naitago o nakatagong copy. Kung wala, hindi na malalaman ni GTM na mayroong ganoong movie. Yan.

Next. Siyempre naman, as a writer, nagkakaroon or nakakatanggap rin tayo ng mga emails mula sa mga readers. And one of them is very much related for this article.

Here is a copy of the email:

December 21, 2010

Dear Sir,

I am Pastor Rafael Francisco C. del Puerto the 4th children of Fred del Puerto, 47 years old, of 288 Matilde Neri St., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. I just would like to inform you Sir, regarding my father who became an actor of the Movie The Pirates go to Town, filmed in the 1950’s co-starred by Lirio del Valle.

Fred del Puerto whose real name is Federico Mateo C. del Puerto, left the showbiz to finish his dreams of becoming a lawyer. He went back to his home province of Misamis Oriental resulting to much of his life story had been hidden to public knowledge.

Specifically he was living in 36 Don Apolinar Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City. He had successfully became an educator and teacher at the Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University respectively, a Professor in the college of law, and as a lawyer he had served as a Municipal Judge for almost 8 years in the Municipality of Malitbog, Province of Bukidnon.

He became a public servant for three (3) consecutive terms as a Barangay Chairman of Barangay # 2, Cagayan de Oro City. As a historian he served the City of Cagayan de Oro as a member of the historical commission. A rancher—once the President of Federation of Cattle Raisers and Ranchers Association of Misamis Oriental—he also became an officer with a rank of Major in the Reserve Officers of the Philippine Armed Forces.

He had received a plaque of appreciation from the local Department of Tourism for his becoming the over-all chieftain of the Higa-onon Cultural Minorities in the Province of Misamis Oriental otherwise known as Datu Aguio.

And by heart a Farmer who have acquired vast agricultural lands here in our place. For me he was an extraordinary man, intelligent, and visionary although far from being perfect he was nevertheless a good and upright man.

In view of this of which my father, the late Federico Mateo C. del Puerto who died last December 13, 2010 with the age of 83 had achieved during his lifetime I would like to ask you a favor being the messenger of this website to help me acquire a copy of his movie in the archives of the Film Academy of the Philippines which I desire to make it a part of our collection in our family museum.

I fervently hope and pray that may you help me in this. God bless you.

Very truly yours,
Pastor Rafael Francisco C. del Puerto

Below are references about the movie The Pirates Go to Town:

Which means that totoo ang kanyang sulat na may ganoong movie. For this one, the sad part is that a copy of this movie does not exist anymore (yata). Why? Dahil wala tayong movie archive. Sayang talaga.

That is the big difference. Ang movie sa taas meron pang copy. Ang movie sa baba niya ay wala.

Can you imagine that a 1936 film was found in the U.S.? It is titled Zamboanga. Paki click na lang po uli ang link para sa complete information. Very exciting po.

Mabuti na lang at mayroon tayong Mr. Nick Deocampo. Reading the article, Mr. Deocampo was actually looking for it. Kaya noong nandoon na, madali niyang nakita.

We believe na mas madali mong makita ang isang bagay pag hinahanap mo.

And finally, eto pa ang isang balita na lumabas naman sa Philippine Star. Very timely rin.

No need to cry over spilt milk. Ito ang kasabihan na naalala namin. Wala na tayong magagawa pa sa mga movies na hindi natin naitago. Pero may magagawa pa tayo sa mga bago. Philippine movie archive? Let’s get it on!

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