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ABS-CBN acquires Fernando Poe, Jr. movie library

Select films of Fernando Poe, Jr. will be aired on ABS-CBN starting October 20. By December, the Kapamilya Network will also broadcast a never-before-seen music video, which FPJ was working on before he died on December 14, 2004.

Author: Jocelyn Dimaculangan

ABS-CBN pays tribute to the King of Philippine Cinema, Fernando Poe, Jr., by airing select films of FPJ starting October 20. Called Cinema FPJ--Da King on ABS-CBN, it will be the network's way of honoring the legend in response to public clamor.

This will feature certified blockbuster movies such as Panday, Roman Rapido, Eseng ng Tondo, Dito sa Pitong Gatang, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, Agila, Tatak ng Tondo, Alamat ng Lawin, Batang Quiapo, Dalubhasa, Ayos na ang Kasunod, and Muslim Magnum 357.

ABS-CBN recently gained exclusive right to the coveted FPJ library of movies, regarded as one of the biggest and most important libraries in Philippine cinema, following a landmark agreement sealed recently with FPJ's widow and actress Susan Roces.

"It is heartening to know that FPJ continues to live in the hearts and minds of the public. What better way to honor his valuable contributions to the country's movie industry than to play his best works that the public has not forgotten and expose them to a young generation of film viewers as well," said Ms. Roces.

The veteran actress acknowledged the network's wide reach via television, cable and satellite TV, and online presence that will reach viewers locally and globally.

According to ABS-CBN Head of Acquisitions Leng Raymundo, the movie library includes all films that the King of Philippine Cinema starred in, directed, and produced during his long, highly acclaimed career.

Poe, called the "Da King" of Philippine movies because of his box-office prowess, appeared in more than 100 films. He won many acting awards and was elevated to the FAMAS Hall of Fame for his performances in Muslim Magnum 357, Umpisahan Mo Tatapusin Ko, Durugin si Totoy Bato, Asedillo, and Mga Alabok sa Lupa. He also used the pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes when he directed a number of his films and won Best Director in 1984 for Ang Padrino.

ABS-CBN will also broadcast a never-before-seen music video, which FPJ was working on before he died, in a TV special airing this December in remembrance of his third death anniversary. The music video contains musical scenes that the actor had chosen from his various movies.

The popular movie star and former presidential candidate died on December 14, 2004, after suffering a stroke. FPJ was 65.

Apart from airing the movies of FPJ, the Kapamilya network earned the right to broadcast 12 films of Susan Roces that will make their debut on Philippine television. These films include the suspense hit Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara.

Present during the contract signing last September 29 at Restaurant 9501 were ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III, SVP for TV Production Cory Vidanes, Head of Program Acquisitions Leng Raymundo, actress Susan Roces, and daughter Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

Source: Philippine Entertainment Portal