ABS-CBNpays tribute to the King of Philippine Cinema, Fernando Poe, Jr., by airingselect films of FPJ starting October 20. Called Cinema FPJ—Da King onABS-CBN, it will be the network's way of honoring the legend in response topublic clamor.
This will feature certified blockbustermovies 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, andMuslim Magnum 357.
ABS-CBN recently gained exclusive right to thecoveted FPJ library of movies, regarded as one of the biggest and mostimportant libraries in Philippine cinema, following a landmark agreement sealedrecently with FPJ's widow and actress Susan Roces.
"It is heartening to know thatFPJ continues to live in the hearts and minds of the public. What better way to honor his valuablecontributions to the country's movie industry than to play his best works thatthe public has not forgotten and expose them to a young generation of filmviewers as well," said Ms. Roces.
The veteran actress acknowledgedthe network's wide reach via television, cable and satellite TV, and onlinepresence that will reach viewers locally and globally.
According to ABS-CBN Head ofAcquisitions Leng Raymundo, the movie library includes all films that the Kingof Philippine Cinema starred in, directed, and produced during his long, highly acclaimed career.
Poe, called the "Da King" ofPhilippine movies because of his box-office prowess, appeared in more than100 films. He won many acting awards and was elevated to the FAMAS Hall ofFame for his performances in Muslim Magnum 357, Umpisahan Mo Tatapusin Ko,Durugin si Totoy Bato, Asedillo, and Mga Alabok sa Lupa. He also usedthe pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes when he directed a number of his films and wonBest Director in 1984 for Ang Padrino.
ABS-CBN will also broadcast a never-before-seen musicvideo, which FPJ was working on before he died, in a TV special airing thisDecember in remembrance of his third death anniversary. The music videocontains musical scenes that the actor had chosen from his various movies.
The popular movie star and former presidential candidatedied on December 14, 2004, after suffering a stroke. FPJ was 65.
Apart from airing the movies of FPJ, the Kapamilya network earned theright to broadcast 12 films of Susan Roces that will make their debut onPhilippine television. These films include the suspense hit Patayin sa Sindak siBarbara.
Present during the contractsigning last September 29 at Restaurant 9501 were ABS-CBN chairman EugenioLopez III, SVP for TV Production Cory Vidanes, Head of Program AcquisitionsLeng Raymundo, actress Susan Roces, and daughter Grace Poe-Llamanzares.