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THE FIRST KISS
- Ang Tatlong Hambog (1926) was a silent romantic comedy by Don Jose Nepomuceno, the father of Philippine movies; the kiss was between vaudeville actress Elizabeth “Dimples” Cooper and sportsman Luis Tuason
- Zamboanga (1937) featured an underwater kissing scene involving FPJ Sr. and Rosa del Rosario
FIRST “SEXY STARS”
Pinoy cinema’s first sexy star; in the ’50s, sexy meant showing a bit of legs and wearing tight dresses
- Igorota (1968): The great actress had two breast exposures. Need proof? Check out this Youtube link.
- Pipo (1970): She comforts a malaria-stricken American guerilla fighter by embracing him with her naked body. When her lover sees this, he ties Solis to a tree and whips her. The latter scene was done by body a double, future bomba star Yvonne.
First Filipina actress to appear on screen wearing only a swimsuit, Giliw Ko (1939); torridly kissed a man in Tinangay ng Apoy (1940); and skinny dipped in Sunset Over Corregidor (1948).
On Sunset Over Corregidor, whose poster appears above, film critic, TV host and Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Butch Francisco says: “The Urian showed that clip from Sunset Over Corregidor of her swimming when Mona Lisa was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. She was so embarrassed about it, she had to cover her eyes.”
Amount of nudity: Basically just two-piece bikinis (’60s style, meaning pekpek shorts) and longer kissing scenes
Storylines: Featured mostly implied sex (i.e. when the protagonists are about to kiss, the camera pans to somewhere else)
Butch Francisco says: “Sampaguita Pictures had to create VP (Vera-Perez) Productions to accommodate these kind of movies—they wanted Sampaguita to remain clean.”
-Mother of Dranreb Belleza, former child actor
-Was already a big star when she transitioned to burles roles then returned to being a serious, dramatic actress
Butch Francisco says: “Divina was the empress. She even did a movie with FPJ—that just proves how big she was.”
-Mother of Richard Gomez
-Chief rival of Divina Valencia
-Later on became a bomba star
Butch Francisco says: “Kids used to change the first few lines of the Beatles’ 'Hard Days Night’ to ‘Divina Vaaaalencia/Stella Suuuaaarez, nagbu-burles.’ I heard the young Richard Gomez used to get into fights because of that song.”
Butch Francisco says: “Burles was just them [movie producers] testing the waters. With bomba everybody suddenly was going sexy.”
Film critic and Manunuri member Mario A. Hernando says: “They called it bomba, because the movies were explosive!”
The one that started it all: Uhaw (1970), starring Merle Fernandez, who in one scene had to run naked along Escolta, Manila.
Amount of nudity: Breast exposures; silhoutted naked bodies; but not as vulgar and prolonged as your typical porno
Storylines: Centered around sex-starved individuals. Scenes executed erotica style—steamy, but with no scenes depicting orgasm or penetration. Some (in)famous titles were Busog, Hayok, Gutom, Ang Pangalan Ko’y Luray. Francisco calls them mostly “trash stories.” Critic Clodualdo del Mundo called Uhaw “nothing but a disgusting piece of pornography.” Celso Ad. Castillo’s bomba classic Nympha (1971), for instance, was about—wait for it—a nymphomaniac.
Butch Francisco says: “I think bomba and, later on, pene films, were allowed because it was a way for the government to distract the public’s attention from the ongoing political unrest—bomba came before Martial Law and pene started after Ninoy Aquino’s assasination.”
- Starred in Uhaw, a film that started as a serial in what was probably the great-great-grandfather of Pinoy men's magazines, Pogi Magazine. As above, said to have started it all.
- Mario A. Hernando says: “Wala siyang pakundangan dati magpakita ng boobs.”
-Eventually became a serious actress, winning the 1974 Asian Film Festival Best Supporting Actress for Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara
- Branded as the “Kalbo Queen,” for her shaved pubic area
- Also grabbed headlines for allegedly stripping naked in front of a movie house showing one of her films
WET LOOK (1974-1975)
Butch Francisco says: “Everything was shut down after Martial Law was declared, and then movie people started to test the waters again.”
The one that REALLY started it all: Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (1974), starring Gloria Diaz. Famous for two scenes: 1) Ms. Diaz rides a horse wearing only a kamison; 2) Ms. Diaz and supporting actress Elizabeth Oropesa in a beach catfight, their kamisons getting drenched and their bra-less fronts almost exposed—hence, "wet look."
Amount of nudity: Bakat bodies. Some kissing scenes.
’70s BOLD (1975-1981)
The one that started it all: Piknik (1976), with Daria Ramirez and Carmen Ronda (who was supposedly discovered while living in a kariton and Mga Uhaw na Bulaklak (1975), starring Liza Lorena, Marissa Delgado, Chanda Romero, and Rosanna Ortiz flirted with nudity again while Mrs. Eva Fonda 16 (1976) introduced the newest bold star, Alma Moreno.
Amount of nudity: “It was balik-bomba but tamer,” according to Francisco. There were steamy love scenes and copious amount of nudity—breast exposures weren’t done by everyone, though. Some even showed their pubic hair—like Rio Locsin in Diborsyada (1979).†
Storylines: A cross between burles (implied sex) and bomba (taboo subjects) before progressing later on to sex-centered themes that had nubile female leads, like Eva Fonda and later on Miss Dulce Amor, Ina (1977, with Lorna Tolentino).
’80s BOLD (1983-1986 or post-Ninoy assasination and pre-Manoling Morato-at-MTRCB)
The one that started it all: We zero in not on a film, but an event: Imelda Marcos’ Manila International Film Festival (often referred to as Manila International Fighting Fish), where a bevy of foreign sexy films were shown. Certainly, somebody took a cue from that.
Amount of nudity: It was bolder than the original bold and more naked than bomba (read: sex scenes and exposed private parts galore)
Storylines: Two kinds: 1) Movies that had practically no story and just capitalizing on the fame of its lead actress and the people’s thirst to see her naked and pretending to have sex on screen; 2) classic films centered on sex.
Also on board: The Experimental Cinema of the Philippines’ Scorpio Nights, Snake Sisters, Silip, The Boatman—all serious films with more than a hint of nudity. Francisco's take: “Lahat naman yan can pretend to be art, wala namang director na magsasabi na hindi art yung ginawa niya.”
-Maria Isabel Lopez
And now, a recess courtesy of the late Pepsi Paloma, one of the softdrink beauties of the '80s.
What's a "Pene?" These are short scenes inserted into mainstream films or full-length features with sex scenes that had actual penetration and orgasm shots (in other words, Pinoy porno)
The Estregan factor: The usual male lead was none other than the inimitable George Estregan.
Butch Francisco says: “These were usually shown in the provinces (like the Prima theater in Pasig), minsan it comes after a film, kasi hindi ka ipapalabas kung wala kang ganoon.”
S.T. (SEX TRIP)/ T.F. (TITILLATING FILMS) (1988-early ’90s)
T.F. and S.T.: Both terms were coined by PR maven Oskee Salazar
Butch Francisco says: “In essence, pareho lang iyan, iniba lang yung tawag.”
The one that started it all: Seiko Films and producer/owner Robbie Tan. The genres capitalized on marketing good girls gone bad (or kolehiyala beauties doing very naughty stuff).
Amount of nudity: Reminiscent of the wet look era, mainly because the censors still had a tight grip on nudity
Storylines: Again, mostly about good girls gone bad. Also, has abundant seduction scenes (usually on the beach, inside a beerhouse) where the lead actress has a reason to wear only oversized underwear or bikinis.
’90s-’00s BOLD (Early ’90s-later ’00s)
The one that started it all: Rosanna Roces via her breakthrough film, Machete II (1994), where she caresses Gardo Verzosa’s wooden manhood.
Amount of nudity: Two words: Hubaran na!
Storylines: Three basic concepts: 1) Something with a catchy, naughty title that’s somewhat integral to the numerous sex scenes in the film; 2) A dark, twisted, sad or violent narrative mixed with nudity; 3) Just something obviously hastily put together for the newest-former-teen-star-turned-sexy-actress to dabble in “art” and use as an excuse to bare her body.
Note: FHM is not in any way dismissive or regretful of these stories. (Read: Hooray for it!)
Maui Taylor (and the rest of the Viva Hot Babes)
Finally: Talong starring Nini Jacinto. The sexual innuendo is definitely palpable in this one.