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Monday, June 22, 2009

RENE REQUIESTAS: A COMIC SENSATION


Ganda Babae Ganda Lalake (1990) and Cheeta-Eh Ganda Lalake (1991) made Rene Requiestas a household name and installed him the Box-Office King succeeding his mentor, Joey de Leon.

Coming from a poor family, comedian Rene Requiestas started his movie career as an extra, playing houseboy to some of Ishmael Bernal’s flicks (i.e.
Salawahan, Pabling) with a take-home pay of P50 a day. He also tried theater and one of the mainstays in a post-EDSA political TV satire, Sic O’clock News with Jaime Fabregas. Rene made an easy transition to the movies appearing in minor and supporting roles in Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon movies. After a series of movies with Joey de Leon, playing sidekick as Chee-ta-eh in three Starzan movies, as Tonton in two Long Ranger and Tonton movies, as James in Elvis and James, among others, he was launched in his first solo picture, Ganda Babae, Ganda Lalake, a box office success. Rene’s almost impeccable and perfect comedic timing, natural funny disposition, humorous delivery, coupled with crazy hairstyle and that toothless grin made him the toast of Philippine movies and Box-office star in the early 90s. He was at his best with Kris Aquino in Pido/Dida series.


Success however spoiled Rene--- he lived extravagantly and in style, squandering his earnings. He became sickly at the latter part of his life and died almost penniless in the mid-90s.


Left- Barbie: Maid in the Philippines (1989)- Stars Joey de Leon, Jacquie Aquino, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Jaime Fabregas and Rene Requiestas/ with Bamba, RR Herrera & Ten-Ten Munoz/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes

Right- Samson & Goliath (1990)- Stars Vic Sotto and Rene Requiestas/ with Panchito, Nova Villa, Dely Atay-Atayan, Dencio Padilla, Anne Villegas, Ritchie D' Horsie/ Directed by Tony Reyes




Left- Starzan: Shouting Star of the Jungle (1989)- Stars Joey de Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Panchito, Cynthia Patag, Rene Requiestas and Kristina Paner & Cris Villanueva/ Directed by Tony Reyes

Right- Starzan II: The Coming of the Star Son (1989)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas and Zsa Zsa Padilla/ with Panchito, Ruel Vernal, Bomber Moran, Ruben Rustia, Yoyong Martirez/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Left- Starzan III: The Jungle Triangle (1990)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas, Panchito, Noel 'Ungga' Ayala / Directed by Tony Reyes

Right- Ganda Babae Ganda Lalake (1990)- Stars Rene Requiestas and Maricel Laxa, Panchito, Jigo Garcia and Manilyn Reynes/ with Paquito Diaz, Ruben Rustia, Vangie Labalan, Nanding Fernandez/ Special participation of Vic Sotto
and Joey de Leon/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes



Left- Elvis and James (1989)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas and Maricel Laxa/ with Panchito/ Directed by Tony Reyes

Right- Elvis and James 2 (1990)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas and Regine Velasquez/ with Vangie Labalan, Mely Tagasa & Lou Veloso/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Left- Long Ranger & Tonton: The Shooting Stars of the West (1989)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas and Maricel Laxa/ with Panchito, Ruel Vernal, Teroy de Guzman, Bomber Moran, Noel 'Ungga' Ayala/ Directed by Tony Reyes


Right- The Return of Long Ranger & Tonton: How the West was Wrong (1990)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas, Rina Reyes & Maritoni Fernandez/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Left- Small Meduim Large (1990)- Stars Jimmy Santos, Rene Requiestas, Noel 'Ungga' Ayala, Panchito/ Directed by Joey de Leon & Tony Y. Reyes


Right- Prinsipe Abante at ang Lihim ng Ibong Adarna (1990)- Stars Rene Requiestas, Monica Herrera, Toni Aracama, Paquito Diaz, Joaquin Fajardo, Ruben Rustia, Orestes Ojeda, Dexter Doria, Ann Villegas/ Directed by Tony Reyes


Michael & Madonna (1990)- Stars Rene Requiestas and Manilyn Reynes, Ogie Alcasid, Monica Herrera & Nova Villa/ Directed by Tony Reyes



Pido Dida (1990)- Stars Rene Requiestas and Kris Aquino/with Nova Villa, Alicia Alonzo, Dexter Doria, Ann Villegas, Vangie labalan, Ruben Rustia, Romeo Rivera
Directed by Tony Reyes




Pido Dida 2: Kasal Na (1991)- Stars Rene Requiestas and Kris Aquino/ with Nova Villa, Paquito Diaz, Marissa Delgado, Orestes Ojeda / Directed by Tony Reyes


Pido Dida 3: May kambal Na (1991)- Stars Rene Requiestas and Kris Aquino/
Directed by Tony Reyes


Left- Little & Big Weapon (1990)- Stars Joey de Leon and Rene Requiestas/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes


Right- Luv Ko, Si Ma'am (1991)- Stars Rene Requiestas, Alice Dixson, Manilyn Reybes, Janno Gibbs / Directed by Tony Reyes



Left- Alyas Batman en Robin (1991)- Stars Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas, Panchito, Keempee de Leon, Vina Morales and Dawn Zulueta/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes

Right- Oh my God... Anak ni Janice! (1991)- Stars Janice de Belen, Janno Gibbs and Rene Requiestas/ with Carmina Villaroel, Isabel Granada, Robert Ortega, Smokey Manaloto and Mahal/ Directed by Mike Relon Makiling



Takbo, Talon, Tili (1992)- Stars Rene Requestas, Romnick Sarmenta, Sheryl Cruz, Rita Avila, Rey 'PJ' Abellana, Rina Reyes, Raymond Bagatsing, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez/ Directed by Efren Jarlego



Left- First Time... Like a Virgin (1992)- Stars Rene Requiestas, Jeffrey Santos, Aljon Jimenez, Wowie Cruz, Romano Vasquez/ with Jackie Forster, Shirley Fuentes, Sunshine Cruz, Karla Estrada/ Directed by Mauro Gia Samonte

Right- Probinsyanong Mandurukot (1993)- Stars Rene Requiestas, Miguel Rodriguez, Efren Reyes Jr., Paquito Diaz, Aiza Seguerra and Ruffa Gutierrez/ Directed by Efren Jarlego


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sayang. nasilaw sa pera at nabuyo sa mga sulsol ng mga gumamit sa kasikatan (oo, lalo na si kres). nasakripisyo tuloy ang friendship nila ni joey.

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