Eddie Romero

Edgar Sinco Romero (July 7, 1924 – May 28, 2013) was a Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter.

Eddie Romero
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Edgar Sinco Romero

July 7, 1924
DiedMay 28, 2013 (aged 88)
Manila, Philippines
Alma materSilliman University
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1947–2013
National Artist of the Philippines

National Artist of the Philippines

Early Life

Romero was born on July 7, 1924. His father was José E. Romero, the first Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's. His mother was Pilar Guzman Sinco, a schoolteacher and the sister of University of the Philippines President Vicente G. Sinco who signed the United Nations Charter in 1945 on behalf of the Philippines. His brother was Jose V. Romero Jr., former Philippine Ambassador to Italy.[1] He studied at Silliman University.[2]


Romero was named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, and his body of work delved into the history and politics of his country. His 1976 film Ganito Kami Noon…Paano Kayo Ngayon?,[3] set at the turn of the 20th century during the revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community. Aguila[4] situated a family’s story against the backdrop of Filipino history, while Kamakalawa[5] explored the folklore of prehistoric Philippines. Banta ng Kahapon,[6] his "small" political film, was set against the turmoil of the late 1960s, tracing the connection of the underworld to the corrupt halls of politics. His 13-part series Noli Me Tangere[7] brought Philippine national hero José Rizal's novel to a new generation of viewers.

Romero co-produced one of the earliest Filipino horror films, the 1959 Terror Is a Man, which was directed by his friend and fellow director Gerardo de Leon, with whom he would later co-direct other films.[8] Romero directed some critically acclaimed war films in the early 1960s, such as Lost Battalion (1960), The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) and The Walls of Hell (1964).[9] Along with Filipino-language (Tagalog language) films, he made English-language films that became cult classics, like Black Mama, White Mama,[10] Beast of the Yellow Night, The Woman Hunt, Beyond Atlantis and The Twilight People[11] and worked with American actors like John Ashley and Pam Grier.

Romero's films, the National Artist citation stated, "are delivered in an utterly simple style – minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable."[12] Quentin Tarantino drew on Twilight People as an inspiration for his "grindhouse" homages.[13]

Romero is especially known to horror film fans for his three "Blood Island" films from the late 1960s - Brides of Blood (1968), Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) and Beast of Blood (1970), which he directed, co-produced by "Hemisphere Pictures" (which was composed of Romero, Kane W. Lynn and Irwin Pizor).[14] Romero later called his American-financed “cult” films – including the “Blood Island” series – “the worst things I ever did”.[15] When the kung fu craze started in the 1970s, Romero turned his back on the international market for Filipino films which he had virtually created. After 1976, he made smaller, more personal "art" films in Tagalog.[16]

Personal Life

Romero was married to Carolina Gonzalez (1922-2019), a great-granddaughter of Don Francisco Gonzalez y Reinado, owner of the legendary 39,000-hectare Hacienda Esperanza that included the municipalities of Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Rosales and San Quintin, extending through the provinces of Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Pagasinan.[17][18] Romero was also for a time the partner of actress Mila del Sol.[19] He had three children: film director and MTRCB board member Joey Romero, Ancel Romero and Leo Romero.


He died on May 28, 2013.[20][21] He had been suffering from prostate cancer when he developed a blood clot in his brain[22]


Awards and nominations

In 2003, Romero was awarded the National Artist Award by the Philippine government for his contribution to Philippine cinema and broadcast arts. Earlier in 1991, he was awarded the Gawad CCP para sa Sining. In 2004, he was also awarded the Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award.

Year Group Category Work Result
1951 Maria Clara Awards Best Director Ang Prinsesa at ang Pulubi[25] Won
1952 Maria Clara Awards Best Screenplay Diego Silang[26] Won
1952 FAMAS Award Best Screenplay Buhay Alamang[27] Won
1957 Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Outstanding Contribution to Film Day of the Trumpet[28] Won
1966 FAMAS Award Best Director The Passionate Strangers[29] Won
Best Screenplay Won
1968 Manila Film Festival Best Director Manila, Open City[30] Won
1976 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon[3] Won
Best Screenplay (with Roy Iglesias) Won
1980 FAMAS Award Best Screenplay (with Fred Navarro) Durugin si Totoy Bato[31] Won
1981 FAMAS Award Best Picture (with Bancom Audiovision[32][33]) Aguila[4] Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Won
1985 FAMAS Award Best Screenplay (with Ronwaldo Reyes and Fred Navarro) Ang Padrino[34] Won
1996 FAMAS Award Best Screenplay Kahit Butas ng Karayom Papasukin Ko[35] Won

See also


  1. ^ "600th anniversary of Sulu Sultan's state visit to Beijing noted". Manila Standard. June 27, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Agustin Sotto."EDDIE ROMERO: A filmmaker of". Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP). Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ a b Romero, Eddie (1976-12-25), Ganito kami noon... Paano kayo ngayon?, Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia, retrieved 2018-05-02
  4. ^ a b Romero, Eddie (1980-02-14), Aguila, Fernando Poe Jr, Amalia Fuentes, Christopher De Leon, retrieved 2018-05-02
  5. ^ Romero, Eddie (1981-01-15), Kamakalawa, Christopher De Leon, Chat Silayan, Tetchie Agbayani, retrieved 2018-05-02
  6. ^ Romero, Eddie (1977-12-24), Banta ng kahapon, Vic Vargas, Bembol Roco, Roland Dantes, retrieved 2018-05-02
  7. ^ Romero, Eddie (1992), Noli me tangere, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Gigette Reyes, Joel Torre, retrieved 2018-05-02
  8. ^ http://www.cashiersducinemart.com/details/issue-18/article-518/strong-coffee-with-a-national-treasure-an-interview-with-eddie-romero.
  9. ^ Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 81
  10. ^ Romero, Eddie (1973-01-19), Black Mama White Mama, Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, retrieved 2018-05-02
  11. ^ Romero, Eddie (June 1972), The Twilight People, John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Jan Merlin, retrieved 2018-05-02
  12. ^ "National Artist - Eddie S. Romero". National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  13. ^ News, by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN. "Master of genres: Eddie Romero's legacy". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  14. ^ Ray, Fred Olen (1991). "The New Poverty Row". McFarland and Co. Inc. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. Page 83
  15. ^ “Eddie Romero: Our Man in Manila”.Lee Server. Film Comment. March–April 1999
  16. ^ http://www.cashiersducinemart.com/details/issue-18/article-518/strong-coffee-with-a-national-treasure-an-interview-with-eddie-romero
  17. ^ Mendoza-Cortes, Rosario (1990). Pangasinan, 1901-1986: A Political, Socioeconomic and Cultural History. Quezon City: New Day Publishers. p. 71.
  18. ^ "G.R. No. L-32776". www.lawphil.net. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  19. ^ "Mila del Sol: Hard life, beginnings, romances, hollywood days, the bright twilight years | Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP)". www.manunuri.com. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  20. ^ "National Artist Eddie Romero dies". Rappler.com. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
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  22. ^ https://ph.news.yahoo.com/filmmaker-national-artist-eddie-romero-dies-151216391.html.
  23. ^ Stevens, Brad (2003). Monte Hellman: His Life and Films. McFarland. p. 44-52.
  24. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/86347/The-Passionate-Strangers/
  25. ^ Romero, Eddie (1950-06-20), Ang prinsesa at ang Pulubi, Fred Montilla, Tessie Agana, Myrna Delgado, retrieved 2018-05-02
  26. ^ Leon, Gerardo de (1951-08-19), Diego Silang, Jose Padilla Jr, Leila Morena, Nena Cardenas, retrieved 2018-05-02
  27. ^ Romero, Eddie (1952-09-02), Buhay alamang, Fred Montilla, Anita Linda, Mona Lisa, retrieved 2018-05-02
  28. ^ Leon, Gerardo de; Romero, Eddie (November 1963), The Day of the Trumpet, John Agar, Pancho Magalona, Alicia Vergel, retrieved 2018-05-03
  29. ^ Romero, Eddie (1966-04-20), The Passionate Strangers, Michael Parsons, Valora Noland, Mario Montenegro, retrieved 2018-05-02
  30. ^ Romero, Eddie (1968-06-12), Manila, Open City, Charito Solis, James Shigeta, Alex Nicol, retrieved 2018-05-02
  31. ^ Herrera, Armando A. (1979-11-09), Durugin si Totoy Bato, Fernando Poe Jr, Charo Santos-Concio, Julie Vega, retrieved 2018-05-02
  32. ^ "Bancom Audiovision - IMDbPro". pro.imdb.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  33. ^ "Bancom Audiovision". BFI. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  34. ^ Jr, Fernando Poe (1984-12-06), Ang Padrino, Fernando Poe Jr, Coney Reyes, Rey Langit, retrieved 2018-05-02
  35. ^ Milan, Willy; Jr, Fernando Poe, Kahit butas ng karayom, Fernando Poe Jr, Bing Loyzaga, Roy Alvarez, retrieved 2018-05-02
  • National Artist of the Philippines citation

External links

A Case of Honor

A Case of Honor is a 1991 Australian/Philippine international co-production film directed by Eddie Romero.

Ang Kamay ng Diyos

Ang Kamay ng Diyos (lit. The Hand of God) is a 1947 Philippine drama film directed by Eddie Romero. It was the first film ever directed by him.

Beast of the Yellow Night

Beast of the Yellow Night is a 1971 Filipino/American horror film, directed by Eddie Romero and starring John Ashley, who co-produced the film with Romero. It was the first release for Roger Corman's distribution company New World Pictures. The film takes place in the Philippines and is about a murderer named Langdon (John Ashley) whom the devil spares from death in World War II, and as a result, Langdon is forced to become a servant of Satan from then on. 25 years later, he strives to free his soul from Satan's influence and prevent himself from transforming into a murderous werewolf.

After successfully distributing his Beast of Blood in 1970, producer Kane W. Lynn (as Hemisphere Pictures) tried to get the distribution rights to actor John Ashley's next horror film, titled Beast of the Yellow Night. Ashley and his production company Four Associates put up the money to produce the film themselves in the Philippines, and instead of allowing Lynn to distribute it, he made a deal with Roger Corman's then-fledgling New World Pictures instead. Lynn's ex-business partner in Hemisphere Pictures, Eddie Romero, was hired to direct and co-produce it, but Kane Lynn himself was cut out of the deal. Ashley's Four Associates went on to produce several other films in the Philippines, such as The Twilight People, The Woman Hunt and Ebony, Ivory & Jade, before disbanding soon after. Lynn invested in Sam Sherman's 1971 sci-fi film Brain of Blood, which did not fare too well, and died soon after of cancer in 1975.

Cavalry Command

Cavalry Command (also known as The Day of the Trumpet) is a 1958 Filipino-American western film directed by Eddie Romero and starring John Agar and Richard Arlen.

Desire (1982 film)

Desire is a 1982 Filipino-American film directed by Eddie Romero and starring John Saxon, Judith Chapman, and Tetchie Agbayani.

Faces of Love (2007 film)

Faces of Love is a 2007 Tagalog-language film directed by Eddie Romero and starring Christopher De Leon and Angel Aquino with supporting actors Alfred Vargas, Bembol Roco, Mon Confiado, Chanda Romero and Juliana Palermo. It was Romero's first digital film, but also his penultimate film.

Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon

Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? (English: "This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now?") is a 1976 Filipino romantic musical drama film set in the era of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. It was directed by Eddie Romero and starred Christopher De Leon and Gloria Diaz. The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.In 2013, ABS-CBN Film Archives in partnership with Central Digital Lab digitally restored and remastered the film and was subsequently released in select theaters for a limited period of time. The digitally restored version was also released on DVD and iTunes.

Hari sa Hari, Lahi sa Lahi

Hari sa hari, lahi sa lahi is a 1987 Filipino-Chinese film directed by Lili Chou and Eddie Romero and starred Vic Vargas and Gang Wang.

List of Philippine films of the 1960s

A list of films produced in the Philippines in the 1960s. For an A-Z see Category:Philippine films.

List of Philippine films of the 1970s

A list of films produced in the Philippines in the 1970s. For an A-Z see Category:Philippine films.

Manila, Open City

Manila, Open City is a 1968 war film about the Battle of Manila in World War II. The film was screened upon the launching of the National Film Archive of the Philippines in December 2011.The movie is in the public domain.

Moro Witch Doctor

Moro Witch Doctor (aka Amok) is a 1964 Filipino action film written and directed by Eddie Romero, and co-produced by Romero, Kane W. Lynn and Irwin Pizor (doing business as "Hemisphere Pictures"). The film stars Jock Mahoney, Margia Dean, Pancho Magalona, Reed Hadley, Paraluman, Vic Diaz and Michael Parsons. The film was shot back to back with The Walls of Hell.The film originally ran 90 minutes. It was sold to Robert L. Lippert who arranged for it to be released in November 1964, by 20th Century Fox in a 61-minute version.

Savage Sisters

Savage Sisters is a 1974 women in prison film made in the Philippines and directed by Eddie Romero.It was the last and most expensive of several movies actor/producer John Ashley filmed in that country.

Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping?

Sinong kapiling? Sinong kasiping? is a 1977 award winning Filipino romantic musical drama directed by Eddie Romero.

The film picked up two Gawad Urian Awards, Daria Ramirez winning best actress and Lito Legaspi best supporting actor in 1978.

Sudden Death (1977 film)

Sudden Death is an action 1977 film directed by Eddie Romero, starring Robert Conrad, and costarring Thayer David, Larry Manetti and Nancy Conrad, Robert Conrad's real life daughter.

The Passionate Strangers

The Passionate Strangers is a 1968 Philippine film produced by M. J. Parsons and was written and directed by Eddie Romero. Cesar Amigo and Reuben Canoy developed the story, and Eddie Romero wrote the screenplay. Nestor Robles created the soundtrack for the film. It starred Michael Parsons, Mario Montenegro and Vic Diaz. Turner Classic Movies states the film was released in the United States in 1968 with a 78 minute running time.

The Raiders of Leyte Gulf

The Raiders of Leyte Gulf is a 1963 Philippine-American film directed by Eddie Romero. It was the first film produced by the newly-formed Hemisphere Pictures, a three-way partnership involving Filipino director Eddie Romero, American producer Kane W. Lynn and producer Irwin Pizor. It was written by Eddie Romero and Carl Kuntze

The Walls of Hell

The Walls of Hell, also known as Intramuros is a 1964 Philippine-American film directed by Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon and starring Jock Mahoney. The film was made back-to-back with Moro Witch Doctor (1964). It was produced by Hemisphere Pictures (owned by Eddie Romero, Irwin Pizor and Kane W. Lynn).

The Woman Hunt

The Woman Hunt is a 1972 film directed by Eddie Romero. It was the last of several films Romero made for Roger Corman's New World Pictures and is an unofficial remake of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game".

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