Rogelio Dela Rosa and Carmen Rosales in Camelia. Image courtesy of Video 48
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Relive your childhood of black & white movie afternoons via these streamable LVN classics

LVN was responsible for some of the most widely regarded movies of our heritage. Here’s where you can stream them. By JACS T. SAMPAYAN
| Mar 24 2020

Remember when you were a kid and weekday afternoons meant sitting in front of your chunky Toshiba TV and watching a dance routine starring a 50s era Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa? Or an early comedy featuring Dolphy? Or Gloria Romero brandishing a thick roll of tabako sticking out of her mouth? Well you can relive those siesta hours again—when you were watching black & white films before adulthood made watching black & white films pretentious. 

Movie enthusiasts, especially those who are seeking to fill up on our Filipino film heritage, should best find their way to Vimeo. Under an account named Citizen Jake—the last film directed by Mike de Leon—60 movies from the legendary movie studio LVN have been uploaded in the video platform and are available for free viewing. Someone sent us the link to the account and we can’t believe the gems on the menu. 

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Covering decades, the Vimeo channel’s oldest entries are a couple of 1939 films: Octavio Silos’ Tunay na Ina, a melodrama about an abused mother’s search for her daughter which is played by a very young Tita Duran, mom of Francis Magalona; and Carlos Vander Tolosa’s musical romance Giliw Ko, which happens to be LVN’s first production, and which starred a young Mona Lisa. 

While some of the films are incomplete, the list is extensive and shows some of our esteemed actors and directors in their prime: from the likes of Armando Goyena, Nida Blanca, and Charito Solis to helmsmen Lamberto V. Avellana, Susana C. de Guzman, Manuel Conde, and Manuel Silos. Some works by Mike de Leon, scion of LVN Pictures, are also in the channel including his 1984 super 8mm documentary Signos, and last year’s Mr. Li.

Here are the LVN classics and their respective links in the channel:

Tunay Na Ina

Starring Rosario Moreno, Rudy Concepcion

Directed by Octavio Silos

1939

 

Giliw Ko

Starring Mila del Sol, Fernando Poe, Sr.

Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa

1939

 

Victory Joe

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Norma Blancaflor

Directed by Manuel Silos

1946

 

Magkaibang Lahi

Starring Corazon Noble, Ely Ramos

Directed by Eriberto A. Tablan

1947

 

Sarung Banggi

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Mila del Sol

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1947

 

Miss Philippines

Starring Norma Blancaflor, Jose Padilla, Jr.

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1947

 

Kaaway Ng Babae

Starring Jose Padilla Jr., Lilia Dizon

Directed by Nemesio E. Caravana

1948

 

Pista Sa Nayon

Starring Jose Padilla Jr., Rebecca Gonzales, Tessie Quintana

Directed by Manuel Silos

1948

 

Huling Dalangin

Starring Norma Blancaflor, Tony Arnaldo, Rosa Rosal

Directed by Susan C. de Guzman

1948

 

Sa Tokyo Ikinasal

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Celia Flor, Armando Goyena

Directed by Manuel Silos

1948

 

Manugang At Biyenan

Starring Norma Blancaflor, Naty Bernardo

Directed by Manuel Silos

1948

 

Sumpaan

Starring Ely Ramos, Norma Blancaflor

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1949

 

Camelia

Starring Carmen Rosales, Rogelio de la Rosa

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1949

 

Parola

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Norma Blancaflor

Directed by Jose Climaco

1949

 

Milyonaria

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Mila del Sol

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1949

 

Virginia

Starring Florentino Ballecer, Naty Bernardo, Rosa Rosal

Directed by Nemesio E. Caravana

1949

 

Lupang Pangako

Starring Leopoldo Salcedo, Mila del Sol

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1949

 

Ang Kandidato

Starring Tony Arnaldo, Vida Florante

Directed by Jose Climaco

1949

 

Biglang Yaman

Starring Pugo, Togo, Rosa Rosal

Directed by Jose Climaco

1949

 

Tininti del Baryo

Starring Lilia Dizon, Teody Belarmino

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1950

 

In Despair

Starring Mila del Sol, Jaime de la Rosa

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1950

 

Sohrab At Rustum

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Lilia Dizon

Directed by Nemesio E. Caravana

1950

 

Mutya Ng Pasig

Starring Jose Padilla, Jr., Rebecca Gonzales

Directed by Richard Abelardo

1950

 

Kontrabando

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Celia Flor

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1950

 

Nasan Ka Giliw

Starring Tessie Quintana, Mario Montenegro

Directed by Joe Climaco

1951

 

Haring Cobra

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Lilia Dizon

Directed by Richard Abelardo

1951

 

Pag-asa

Starring Pricislla Cellona, Armando Goyena

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1951

 

Aklat Ng Buhay

Starring Rosa Rosal, Oscar Keesee

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1952

 

Sa Paanan Ng Nazareno

Starring Rino Bermudez, Jaime de la Rosa, Gregorio Ticman

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1952

 

Hawayana

Starring Armando Goyena, Tessie Quintana

Directed by Manuel Silos

1952

 

Kambal Tuko

Starring Pugo, Togo, Gil de Leon

Directed by F.H. Constantino

1952

 

Kuwentong Bahay-Bahayan

Starring Ronaldo Acuzar, Carmen Bañez, Ruth Blanco

Directed by Manuel Silos

1953

 

Batangueña / Darling Ko

Starring Nida Blanca

Directed by F.H. Constantino

1953

 

Tumbalik Na Daigdig

Starring Tony Arnaldo

Directed by Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa

1953

 

Squatters

Starring Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1953

 

Huk Sa Bagong Pamumuhay

Starring Jose Padilla, Jr., Celia Flor

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1953

 

Prinsipe Teñoso

Starring Mario Montenegro, Delia Razon

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1954

 

Waray-Waray

Starring Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Lorna Mirasol

Directed by F.H. Constantino

1954

Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa in Waray-Waray. Image courtesy of Video 48

 

Niña Bonita

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Charito Solis

Directed by F.H. Constatino

1955

 

Pilipino Kostum No Touch

Starring Mario Montenegro, Emma Alegre, Leroy Salvador

Directed by Manuel Conde

1955

 

Higit Sa Lahat

Starring Rogelio de la Rosa, Emma Alegre

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1955

 

Talusaling

Starring Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa

Directed by F.H Constantino

1955

 

Lapu-Lapu

Starring Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1955

 

Dama Juana Gang

Starring Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador

Directed by Tony Santos

1956

 

Charito, I Love You

Starring Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador

Directed by F.H. Constantino

1956

 

Puppy Love

Starring Nenita Vidal, Manding Claro, Nita Javier

Directed by Manuel Silos

1956

 

Luksang Tagumpay

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Delia Razon, Rebecca del Rio

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1956

 

Anak Dalita

Starring Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1956

The movie ad for the Rosa Rosal - Tony Santos starrer Anak Dalita. Image from IMDB

 

Troop 11

Starring Nenita Vidal, Manding Claro, Pugo

Directed by Tony Santos

1957

 

El Robo

Starring Armando Goyena, Delia Razon, Carlos Padilla Jr.

Directed by Manuel Conde

1957

 

Hukom Roldan

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Emma Alegre

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1957

 

Badjao

Starring Rosa Rosal, Tony Santo, Leroy Salvador

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1957

 

Anak Ni Waray

Starring Nida Blanca, Nesto de Villa

Directed by FH Constantino

1958

 

Tuloy Ang Ligaya

Starring Nida Blanca, Leroy Salvador, Pugo

Directed by Manuel Silos

1958

 

Venganza

Starring Mario Montenegro, Carmencita Abad

Directed by Manuel Conde

1958

 

Combo Festival

Starring Pugo, Lou Salvador, Jr., Luz Valdez

Directed by Manuel Silos

1958

The musical Combo Fever starred Lou Salvador Sr. and was directed by Manuel Silos. Image courtesy of Video 48.

 

Faithful

Starring Jaime de la Rosa, Rosa Rosal

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1958

 

Malvarosa

Starring Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador, Carlos Padilla, Jr.

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1959

 

Private Maturan

Starring Diomedes Maturan, Pugo

Directed by Natoy B. Catindig

1959

 

Biyaya Ng Lupa

Starring Rosa Rosal, Leroy Salvador

Directed by Manuel Silos

1959

 

Nukso Ng Nukso

Starring Pugo, Bentot, Sylvia La Torre

Directed by Fred Daluz

1959

 

Kundiman Ng Lahi

Starring Charito Solis, Eddie Rodriguez

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana

1959

 

Kung Ako’y Mahal Mo

Starring Nestor de Villa, Charito Solis

Directed by Gregorio Fernandez

1960

 

Dahlia

Starring Nestor de Villa, Charito Solis

Directed by Susana C. de Guzman

1960

 

Oh! Sendang

Starring Pugo, Bentot

Directed by Fred Daluz

1961

 

Noli Me Tangere

Starring Eddie del Mar, Edita Vital

Directed by Gerardo de Leon

1961

 

The Citizen Jake Vimeo channel can be accessed here.