During the era of the Big 3 in Philippine Cinema—Sampaguita Pictures, LVN Pictures and Premier Productions—stables of actors maintained exclusively by the three major studios maintained a box-office rivalry throughout.
Trivia master Tante de Ramos wrote about the Sampaguita actors some two weeks ago. This time, he dwells on rhw LVN starts that provided them stiff competition.
The LVN stable of actors included:
Teody Belarmino—He first appeared in the film Dalawang Prinsipeng Kambal opposite Pugo and Togo as the twin princes and Milagros Naval. This was a costume film produced in 1951 under the direction of Manuel Solis.
Tony Arnaldo—He made his mark right after the war years. In 1947, he appeared in Sumpaan with Norma Blancaflor and Ely Ramos, The following year, he co-starred with Norma Blancaflor, Rosa Rosal and Victor Sevilla in Huling Dalangin. He was also a director and was married to director-scriptwriter Susana de Guzman.
Manuel Conde—He played the title role in Satur where he appeared with Jaime dela Rosa and Delia Razon. He also appeared in swashbuckling films and directed films like Basta Ikaw,Bahala Na (a musical with Nestor de Villa and Nida Blanca) and Bayanihan (with Nestor de Villa, Carmencita Abad, Manding Claro and Bernard Bonnin. His directorial work in Genghis Khan attracted international attention.
Armando Goyena—The original Kapitan Kidlat, he appeared in a series of movies that included Puting Bantayog (1948), Prinsesang Basahan (1949), Pagtutuos (1950), David at Golliath (1957), Isabelita (1952), Philippine Navy and Ligaw Tingin (1953), Palasyong Pawid (1955) and Abandonado with Tessie Quintana (1956). His real name was Jose Goyena Revilla Jr. of Manila.
Mario Montenegro—He was in a popular box-office love team with Delia Razon. Among his films were Bohemyo (1951), Tatlong Labuyo(1953), Dose Pares (1954), Rodrigo de Villa (1952), Prinsipe Tinoso (1954), Lapu-Lapu (1955) where he co-starred with Priscilla Sillona under the direction of Lamberto Avellana, Among Tunay and Higit sa Korona (both in 1956) and Rebelde (1958). His latter films included Hiram na Asawa with Lorna Mirasol, Carlos Salazar, Cecilia Lopez and Emma Alegre under the direction of Susana de Guzman; Panyolitong Bughaw opposite Celia Flor, Carmencita Abad and Tessie San Juan under the direction of Billy Icasiano ; Correccional and Pasiya ng Langit. He hailed from Pagsanjan,Laguna.
Fernando Poe Sr.—The father of the King of Philippine Cinema appeared in films as early as 1939. His films included Punit na Bandila, Leron-Leron Sinta with child star Angelito Nepomuceno, Biyak Na Bato, Dilim at Liwanag, Dalagang Filipina and Alaalang Banal with perennial loveteam partner Lucita Goyena. His other films were Kulafu, Hagibis and Zamboanga (with Rosa del Rosario) and Giliw Ko. He hailed from San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
Ely Ramos—He appeared in the 1947 films Manugang at Biyenan and Sumpaan with Tony Arnaldo and Norma Blancaflor. For his performance in Dalaga,he was awarded the Best Actor trophy while his partner Norma Blancaflor also won the Best Actress award. His other films included Palikero and Selosa, both opposite Carmen Rosales.
Eddie Rodriguez—He came in the late 1950, I such films as Luksang Tagumpay, Malvarosa (with Charito Solis, Rebecca del Rio and Vic Silayan) and Kundiman ng Lahi. His real name was Luis Enriquez of Zamboanga City.
Jaime dela Rosa—The younger of the Dela Rosa brothers, he appeared in such films as Biglang Yaman (with Rosa Rosal, in her first starring role, Pugo and Togo), Nina Bonita (the first movie of Charito Solis) and Korea (with Nida Blanca). His other films included Waling-Waling, Gitano, Tanikalang Papel and Probinsyano. He hailed from Lubao Pampanga.
Rogelio dela Rosa—The first actor tol become a senator appeared in such films as Tiniente Rosario (1937),Takipsilim (1939), Lambingan (1940), Panambitan (1941), Prinsipeng Hindi Tumatawa (1946), Kampanang Ginto (1949) and Maalaala Mo Kaya? (1954). His other folms were Voice Freedom, Victory Joe, Isang Libong Pisong Kagandahan (with Norma Blancaflor) and Prinsipe Amante opposite Delia Razon and Ben Rubio under the direction of Lamberto Avellana.
Leopoldo Salcedo—Known as the Great Profile of Philippine Movies, he appeared in films like Santong Diablo (1936), Gamu-Gamong Naging Lawin, Biyaya ni Bathala and Kalapating Puti (all in 1938), Walang Sugat (1939), Magpakailan Man (1940), Ararong Ginto (1941), Tandang Sora(1947), Kuba sa Quiapo (1949), Kundiman ng Luha (1950) and Neneng Ko (1952). He was Cavite.
Leroy Salvador—The eldest of the Salvador clan of brothers and sister actors and actresses, he appeared ub such films like Tiririt ng Ibon (with Charito Solis as his leading lady in 1955), Tatlong Kumando (with Pancho Magalona, Robert Campos, Carmencita Abad and Luz Valdez under the direction of F.H Constantino in 1960). He also appeared in Tang-Tarang-tang and Nukso ng Nukso with Sylvia La Torre, Rosa Aguirre, Pugo and Bentot.
Willie Sotelo—A basketball player-turned actor, he appeared in Zerex as a planetman, Medalyong Perlas, Ganyan Ka Pala with Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa and Lita Gutierrez as his partner and Alyas Palos with Bernard Bonnin as the title roler, Lourdes Medel and Mila Ocampo under the direction of Tony Santos.
Nestor de Villa—The male partner ion the popular acting-and-dancing team of Nestor and Nida, he appeared in films such as Romansa sa Nayon(1952), Dalawang Sundalong Kanin, Haring Solomon, Iskwater and Hijo de Familia (all in 1953) Tinedyer and Luneta (both in in 1954), Ibong Adarna, Dalagang Taring and Darling Ko (all in 1955), Easy Ka Lang, Padre, Handang Matodas and Bahala Na (all in 1956) and Bakit Ka Nagtampo (1961). He came from a town in Nueva Ecija.
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