• Can You Name These 24 Veteran Stars?

    In their youth, they were the country's biggest and most beautiful stars. Today, many continue to inspire.
    by Merla Fernandez for Pep.ph .


  • Thank god someone preserved these photo prints and scanned them so we can forever appreciate the beauty of stars who graced the silver screen from 50s to 60s. Twenty-four are still active and visible in showbiz today, and continue to inspire people with unparalleled dedication to their craft and ageless looks. Most of them you probably know for their lolo and lola roles in teleseryes and movies, but in their prime some of them were even offered roles in Hollywood films. Let's see how many you recognize (see below for answers). 

    Special thanks for the following sites and blogs for the photos used in this gallery: Pelikulaatbp.Blogspot.com, SusanRoces.Blogspot.com, Video48.com, AliwanAvenue, StarForAllSeasons.blogspot.com, DPChair.blogspot.com, GGervacio on Flicker, and Dr. Romy Protacio of AsianJournalusa.com

    #1



    At 82, she has remained busy as a television actress, averaging two to three projects a year. She recently starred in GMA's The Rich Man's Daughter and The Half Sisters. In the movies, she was active for more than six decades, and was remarkable in Tanging Yaman, Magnifico, to name a few.

    #2

     
    Her real name is Jesusa Purificacion, the wife of the original Probinsyano and the lola of the current Probinsyano. She was discovered by Sampaguita Pictures owner Dr. Jose Perez at the fans' day of her idol Gloria Romero. Just before releasing her solo-starrer movie, she was launched in her idol's film, where she played Gloria's 'alalay.' She went on to become the Queen of RP movies.

    #3



    Given his height, it was hard not to notice him. But Dr. Perez didn't give him the break right away even if every morning, he'd wait at the gate of Sampaguita Studio to say, "Good morning, Doc," to the star-builder. You know what he had to do? Go to the gym because he was "payat and parang poste."

    #4 



    She was the Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines, whose photo launched a Sampaguita Pictures contract when she was in Grade 6. Aside from her beauty, she was also known for her intelligence. Consistently a valedictorian student, she finished elementary in four years.

    #5



    She was the Audrey Hepburn of the Philippines, and starred in a Hollywood movie. At the height of her popularity, her waistline was 19 inches. She is also married to the guy below. 

    #6



    He was the reason why the country's Audrey Hepburn did not pursue a career in Hollywood. And though his grandfather was the Father of Zarzuela, his father was an actor/singer and his uncle was an award-winning director, he only entered showbiz at the age of 23, after finishing Business Administration at the Ateneo de Manila University. One of his most notable characters in the recent times was the 'feeling-bagets' father of Vilma Santos in The Healing.

    #7



    Doesn't she look like her granddaughter? In her heyday, she was the first world-famous Filipina singer.

    #8



    She is a descendant of Epifanio de los Santos, the Filipino historian whom EDSA was named for, and the daughter of post-war matinee idol Oscar Moreno, the leading man of Gloria Romero in her debut film. In 2015, she got to work with the three networks: Baker King (TV5), Princess in the Palace (GMA), and Walang Iwanan (ABS-CBN).

    #9 



    In the 60s, he was a bit player in the movies. It was in the 70s that he became an action star and eventually, a senator.

    #10



    While she became instrumental in making the late Nida Blanca a star, her own movie Prinsipe Amante was the number one in the box-office for two years in the 50s. She is the grandmother of Carla Abellana. 

    #11 



    She became one of the country's most popular actresses in the 50s and was the first-ever woman volunteer of Philippine Red Cross. She also became a bride for just five days--her husband left her while they were on their honeymoon in Hawaii because he couldn't take her fame, she previously said in an interview. 

    #12



    With a showbiz career spanning seven decades, he is the Filipino actor with the most number of movies and is the only actor to have the most number of awards as an actor, a supporting actor, and a director. He is currently part of Little Nanay.

    #13 



    She was one of the few actresses in the 60s who tried her hand at action films. And nope, she's not the mother of Bistek.

    #14



    She was a famous movie and television actress in the 60s and almost became the leading lady of famous Hollywood actor William Holden for the movie Sunset Boulevard. But she backed out after learning about their supposed kissing scene. When she realized that her leading man was a superstar, she regretted her decision. She is part of the cast of GMA's Hanggang Makita Kang Muli.

    #15



    This was how he looked before he became the President of the Philippines and now the mayor of Manila.

    #16



    She was the first to play Valentina in full color, and starred in the two Darna TV series that aired on GMA. But before she became famous for being a kontrabida, she won Best Actress awards for her non-kontrabida roles.

    #17



    She was Bb. Pilipinas 1966 first runner-up and a flight attendant before she became an actress. In 1966, she was launched in the movie Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak as the daughter of the late Charito Solis. Last year, she played Enrique Gil's grandmother in Everyday I Love You.

    #18 



    He was given a break in showbiz five decades ago with the help of Dolphy. At 65, he was paired with Bea Alonzo in a film. He is the dad of Janno Gibbs and is presently part of two Kapamilya series.  

    #19



    She was a star in Visayas before the late FPJ noticed her "Marilyn Monroe" looks and helped her pursue an acting career in Manila. These days, she's more identified as a Kapuso.

    #20



    Just before turning 90, she played the grandmother of Paulo Avelino in Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon in 2014.

    #21



    He is now part of And I Love You So, and played the role of John Lloyd Cruz's dad in his three films with Sarah Geronimo: A Very Special Love, You Changed My Life, and It Takes A Man And A Woman.

    #22 



    She played Darna in the late 60s, but she's famous now as a multi-awarded indie film actress and Kapamilya star. She will be part of ABS-CBN's Born For You, featuring Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador.

    #23



    It has been a while since she starred in the movies. But she becomes subject of the news now and then because of her daughters Tina and Danita Paner.

    #24



    He is the father of an actor and the grandfather of famous twins, but in the 60s, he was a matinee idol. His latest TV project was Marimar, which starred Megan Young and Tom Rodriguez.

    ANSWERS: 
    1.Gloria Romero
    2. Susan Roces 
    3. Eddie Gutierrez  
    4. Amalia Fuentes  
    5. Barbara Perez 
    6. Robert Arevalo 
    7. Pilita Corrales
    8. Boots Anson-Rodrigo
    9. Ramon Revilla, Sr.
    10. Delia Razon  
    11. Rosa Rosal 
    12. Eddie Garcia 
    13. Perla Bautista 
    14. Luz Valdez 
    15. Joseph Estrada 
    16. Celia Rodriguez
    17. Liza Lorena
    18. Ronaldo Valdez
    19. Caridad Sanchez 
    20. Anita Linda 
    21. Dante Rivero 
    22. Gina Pareño 
    23. Daisy Romualdez
    24. Lito Legazpi

    This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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