Last week for Vargas Museum's 'Posters for Philippine Cinema'


Posted at Jun 05 2018 01:42 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2018 01:55 PM

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Movie fans, especially those who grew up in the '70s and '80s, have until this Saturday to catch "Vic Delotavo: Posters for Philippine Cinema" at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Diliman. 

More than 100 movie posters are on show, mostly the artist Vic Delotavo's efforts from the '80s and the '90s, perhaps the most prolific decades in local film. 

The Iloilo-born Delotavo moved to Manila during his younger years and became a newspaper cartoonist. His early movie posters included that of the classic Lino Brocka tearjerker, "Nanay Kong Tatay," which starred Dolphy and Nino Muhlach. Photographs included in the retrospective provide a glimpse of the artist's poster-making process. 

When asked what he considers his best works, he casually names the posters for two Peque Gallaga movies: "Scorpio Nights" where Delotavo art-directed the film's stars under a pink mosquito net; and "Oro, Plata, Mata" where he made magic out of a piece of film from the movie's famous exodus scene.

Delotavo was the most prolific poster designer of his time, sought after by the big studios -- Regal, Viva and Seiko -- and always the preferred choice of the biggest action stars to design their movie ads. 

The UP Vargas show opened last April and was made possible by Juan Martin Magsanoc's vast collection of movie posters. Magsanoc is an advocate of film preservation and owner of Archivo Gallery.