Gerardo de León

Gerardo de León, ONA (September 12, 1913 – July 25, 1981), was a Filipino actor-turned-film director.

Gerardo de León
Gerardo de León 2013 stamp of the Philippines
Gerardo de León on a 2013 stamp of the Philippines
BornSeptember 12, 1913
DiedJuly 25, 1981 (aged 67)
Manila, Philippines
OccupationActor, film director
Years active1934–1976
National Artist of the Philippines

National Artist of the Philippines


De León, who was born Gerardo Ilagan, was a member of the Ilagan clan of Philippine motion pictures, which includes Robert Arevalo, Conrado Conde, Angel Esmeralda, Eddie Ilagan, Ronaldo Valdez, musical scorer Tito Arévalo, and his daughter Liberty Ilagan. De León was a medical doctor by profession, but his ultimate love for film won him over. He made his acting debut in the 1934 film Ang Dangal. He acted in eight other films before becoming a director. The first film he directed was Bahay-Kubo (1939), starring Fely Vallejo, an actress whom he later married.

De Leon produced a number of anti-American propaganda films during World War Two, in collaboration with the occupying Japanese forces and Japanese director Abe Yutaka, who personally chose De Leon for the projects. De Leon was arrested and charged with treason after the Japanese were defeated, and was almost executed by the Filipino government. But at the last minute, he was pardoned when evidence came to light that all during the war, he had secretly assisted the Filipino resistance as well.[1]

Nicknamed "Manong", de León is the most awarded film director in the history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences' FAMAS Awards. From 1952 to 1971, he was awarded seven FAMAS Awards, three of them received consecutively.[2] His 1961 film The Moises Padilla Story was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[3]

All of the films for which he won Best Director also won Best Picture at the FAMAS, namely Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952), Hanggang sa Dulo ng Daigdig (1958), Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (1960), Noli Me Tangere (1961, adapted from the novel of the same title), El Filibusterismo (1962), Daigdig ng mga Api (1965), and Lilet (1971). One of his unfinished projects was Juan de la Cruz (1972) with Fernando Poe, Jr..

He is known to fans of cult horror films for the handful of 1960s horror movies he directed, some co-directed with his friend Eddie Romero and co-financed with American money. These films included Terror Is a Man (1959), The Blood Drinkers/ Blood is the Color of Night (1964)[4], Curse of the Vampires/ Whisper to the Wind (1966), Brides of Blood (1968), and Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969).[5] Roger Corman hired him in 1971 to direct his gritty Women in Prison film Women in Cages, featuring Pam Grier as a sadistic prison warden.[6] De Leon died on July 25, 1981 at age 67.

Filmography (director)

  • Estrellita (1940)
  • Maestra, Ang (1941)
  • Dawn of Freedom (1943)
  • Mameng, iniibig kita (1947)
  • Sisa (1951)
  • Diego Silang (1951)
  • Bagong umaga (1952)
  • Python at the Old Dome (Sawa sa lumang simboryo) (1952)
  • Pedro Penduko (1954)
  • Ifuago (1954)
  • Sanda Wong (1955)
  • Saigon (1956)
  • Bakya mo Neneng (1957)
  • Kamay ni Cain/ The Hands of Cain (1957)
  • Hanggang sa dulo ng daigdig (1958)
  • Terror Is a Man (1959)
  • Huwag mo akong limutin/ Don't Let Me Forget (1960)
  • Noli me tangere (Touch Me Not) (1960)
  • The Moises Padilla Story (1961)
  • Noli me tangere (1961)
  • El Filibusterismo (1962)
  • I Am Justice (Ako ang katarungan) (1962)
  • The Walls of Hell (Intramuros) (1964)
  • Ang Daigdig ng mga api/ World of the Oppressed (1965)
  • The Blood Drinkers (1964) a.k.a. Kulay dugo ang gabi/ Blood is the Color of Night; aka The Vampire People[7][8].
  • Curse of the Vampires (Dugo ng vampira) (1966) a.k.a. Ibulong mo sa hangin (Whisper to the Wind), a.k.a. Creatures of Evil[9][10]
  • Brides of Blood (co-dir. with Eddie Romero, 1968)
  • The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (co-dir. with Eddie Romero, 1969)
  • Lilet (1971)
  • Women in Cages (1971)
  • Fe, Esperanza, Caridad (1975)
  • Banaue (1975)


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  2. ^ Did you know? National Artist for Film Gerardo de Leon. (September 11, 2014). Retrieved on June 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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External links

2nd Gawad Urian Awards

The 2nd Gawad Urian Awards was held in 1978. This is to honor the great films of 1977The 1977 Gawad Urian, live up to its reputation of choosing the winners not based on popularity but on the merits of the film and its performances. Word spread around that “you don’t have to spend a cent for PR to win in the Urian.” One example of which is the Best Actress winner for this year. Daria Ramirez (Sino’ng Kapiling, Sino’ng Kasiping) bested formidable co-nominees such as Vilma Santos for Burlesk Queen and Hilda Koronel for Kung Mangarap ka't Magising. There was also a great debate on choosing this years Best Picture, cinematic style or filmic content?. It's a tossed between Robert Arevalo’s "Hubad na Bayani" and Ishmael Bernal’s "Dalawang Pugad, Isang Ibon". In the end, "Hubad na Bayani" won as best Picture while Ishmael Bernal won his first Gawad Urian Best director.

Hubad na Bayani won most awards with (3) awards, Gerardo de León was given the Lifetime Achievement Award

Ano hata o ute

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José T. Joya

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Kamay ni Cain

Kamay ni Cain (Hands of Cain) is a 1957 action film directed by Gerardo de León, written by Cesar Amigo and Clodualdo del Mundo Sr., starring Zaldy Zshornack and Fernando Poe.

Lamberto V. Avellana

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List of horror films of 1966

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List of submissions to the 34th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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National Artist of the Philippines

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Sisa may refer to:

SISA, Società Italiana Servizi Aerei, Italian airline and flight training school associated with Cantieri Aeronautici e Navali Triestini (C.R.D.A Canterei), later merged with other airlines to form Ala Littoria

SISA, School of International Studies in Sciences and Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Sisa (1951 film), 1951 film featuring Gerardo de León

Sisa (1999 film), 1999 Filipino film

Sisa (2008 film), 2008 film featuring Charee Pineda

Sisa (drug), a methamphetamine derivative

Sisa Waqa, Fijian rugby league footbaaller

Sisa Creek, watercourse near Korangi, Karachi, Pakistan

Sisa (supermarket), Italian supermarket chain

Jaume Sisa (b. 1948), Catalan singer-songwriter

Sisa (Serbian), Voros

Sisa (Serbian), Ringe

Terror Is a Man

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The Moises Padilla Story

The Moises Padilla Story is a 1961 Philippine drama film directed by Gerardo de León. The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 34th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. The film exists today but is in need of restoration.The film is a biography of a Negros Occidental mayoral candidate who in 1951, was tortured and murdered by the private army of the provincial governor after he had refused to withdraw his candidacy.

Vicente Manansala

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Women in Cages

Women in Cages is a 1971 film in the women in prison sexploitation subgenre, co-produced by Roger Corman and directed by Gerardo de León. It was prominently featured in the Planet Terror portion of the 2007 film Grindhouse. Grindhouse director Quentin Tarantino said of the film, "I'm a huge, huge fan of Gerry de Leon.... the film is just harsh, harsh, harsh." He described the final shot as one of "devastating despair".

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