The year was 1950, and you were watching an afternoon black and white movie on your bulky television while sipping your favorite drink to freshen your body from the intense heat caused by the summer sun. After more than two hours of watching, you found yourself lying on a sofa, sleepy while waiting for your mom to call you for dinner.
Of course, most of us could only imagine what it feels like to be in that era. It would be nice if we could go back to the past, but the invention of the time machine is too far from reality. But wait, do not lose hope! With the release of more than 60 classic films from different classic film studios, we can finally experience what it feels like living in the 40s or 50s that only our lolos and lolas had experienced.
The set of classic films were uploaded on Vimeo by master director Mike De Leon under an account named Citizen Jake–his last film. Most of the films were from the legendary LVN studio owned by De Leon’s family. The studio was responsible for the creation of some notable films such as Orasang Ginto (1946), the first Filipino post-World War II movie; Batalyon XIII (1949), Prinsipe Amante (1950), Waray-Waray (1954), starring Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa, studio’s famous loveteam that time; and Tunay na Ina (1939).
The list also features some of the Philippine cinema’s esteemed directors, including Susana C. de Guzman, Manuel Conde, Manuel Silos, and National Artist for Theater and Film Lamberto V. Avellana.
Whether you were born in the ‘60s or just fond of watching classic films, it would be an excellent opportunity for you to watch them all while they are still available for streaming.
Here is the long list of legendary films ranging from 1939 up to 1997:
Tunay na Ina (1939) by Octavio Silos
Giliw Ko (1939) by Carlos Vander Tolosa, LVN Pictures’ first production starring Mila del Sol and Fernando Poe, Sr.
Ibong Adarna (1941) by Vicente Salumbides and Manuel Conde, one of the precious films of pre-war cinema era.
Dawn of Freedom (1944) by Yutaka Abe and Gerardo de Leon
Victory Joe (1946) by Manuel Silos
Sarung Banggi (Isang Gabi) (1947) by Susana C. de Guzman
Magkaibang Lahi (1947) by Ramon A. Estella
Miss Philippines (1947) by Gregorio Fernandez
Huling Dalangin (1948) by Susana C. de Guzman
Sumpaan (1948) by Susana C. de Guzman
Pista sa Nayon (1948) by Manuel Silos
Kaaway ng Babae (1948) by Nemesio E. Caravana
Sierra Madre (1948) by Leopoldo Salcedo
Manugang At Biyenan (1948) by Manuel Silos
Lupang Pangako (1949) by Susana C. de Guzman
Parola (1949) by Jose Climaco
Capas (1949) by Gregorio Fernandez
Virginia (1949) by Nemesio E. Caravana
Ibigin Mo Ako (Lalaking Matapang) (1949) by Manuel Silos
Milyonaria (1949) by Susana C. de Guzman
Camelia (1949) by Susana C. de Guzman
Biglang Yaman (1949) by Joe Climaco, one of the remaining films of Pugo (Mariano Contreras) and Togo (Andres Solomon), the comedy kings of the 40s.
Kandidato (1949) by Joe Climaco
Hantik (1950) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Sohrab at Rustum (1950) by Nemesio E. Caravana
Kontrabando (1950) by Gregorio Fernandez
In Despair (1950) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Tininti Del Baryo (1950) by Susana C. de Guzman
Mutya Ng Pasig (1950) by Richard Abelardo
Florante at Laura (1950) by Vicente Salumbides
Haring Kobra (1951) by Richard Abelardo, a costume epic film in which the production and costume design was headed by none other than the National Artist for Painting Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco.
Nasaan Ka Giliw (1951) by Joe Climaco
Pagasa (1951) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Sa Paanan ng Nazareno (1952) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Correccional (1952) by Susana C. de Guzman
Aklat ng Buhay (1952) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Kambal Tuko (1952) by F.H. Constantino
Batangueña (1953) and Darling Ko (1955) by F. H. Constantino
Tumbalik na Daigdig (1953) by Tony Arnaldo
Huk Sa Bagong Pamumuhay (1953) by Lamberto V. Avellana, which won Best Pictures and Best Director for Avellana among some in the newly formed FAMAS Awards in 1953.
Squatters (1953) by Gregorio Fernandez
Hawayana (1953) by Manuel Silos
Kuwentong Bahay-Bahayan (1953) by Manuel Silos
Waray Waray (1954) by F.H. Constantino
Prinsipe Teñoso (1954) by Gregorio Fernandez
Talusaling (1955) Directed by F. H. Constantino
Pilipino Kostum No Touch (1955) by Manuel Conde
Sonny Boy (1955) by Susana C. de Guzman, an adaptation of the director’s novel in Liwayway which won two major FAMAS awards in 1956: Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Rosa Rosal.
Niña Bonita (1955) by F. H. Constantino
Banal o Makasalanan? (1955) by Susana C. de Guzman
Higit Sa Lahat (1955) by Gregorio Fernandez
Lapu-Lapu (1955) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Charito, I Love You (1956) by F.H. Constantino
Dama Juana Gang (1956) by Tony Santos
Luksang Tagumpay (1956) by Gregorio Fernandez
Big Shot(1956) by Richard Abelardo
Puppy Love (1956) by Manuel Silos
Anak Dalita (1956) by Lamberto V. Avellana, the first Filipino film to win the Grand Prix for Best Picture in the Southeast Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong.
10,000 Pisong Pag-ibig (1957) by Gregorio Fernandez
Kalyehera (1957) by Fred Daluz
Hukom Roldan (1957) by Gregorio Fernandez
El Robo (1957) by Manuel Conde
Badjao (1957) by Lamberto V. Avellana, one of the most prominent films of the ’50s and won for Avellana the Best Director award at the 1957 Asian Film Festival.
Anak ni Waray (1958) by F. H. Constantino
Tuloy ang Ligaya (1958) by Manuel Silos
Faithful (1958) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Combo Festival (1958) by Manuel Silos
Malvarosa (1958) by Gregorio Fernandez
Venganza (1959) by Manuel Conde
Private Maturan (1959) by Natoy Catindig
Biyaya ng Lupa (1959) by Manuel Silos
Kundiman ng Lahi (The Song of the Race) (1959) by Lamberto V. Avellana
Dahlia (1960) by Susana C. de Guzman
Kung Ako’y Mahal Mo (1960) by Dr. Gregorio Fernandez
Nukso Nang Nukso (1960) by Fred Daluz
Oh! Sendang (1961) by Fred Daluz
Noli Me Tangere (1961) by Gerardo de Leon
Aguila (1980) by Eddie Romero
History of Philippine Cinema (1984) by Agustin (Hammy) Sotto
Sa Tokyo Ikinasal (1984) by Manuel Silos
Signos (1984) A collaborative work of several filmmakers, compiled and edited by Mike De Leon
Aliwan Paradise (1992) by Mike De Leon
Batas Militar (1997) A Production of the Eggie Apostol Foundation
Three Incomplete Color Films of The Early 1950s:
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