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The Most Notorious 'Calvento Files' Episodes—A Tribute To Tony Calvento

Rest in peace
by Andrei Medina | Oct 10, 2017
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Veteran multimedia journalist Tony Calvento, the man who is widely considered as the father of Philippine crime and investigative documentaries, has passed away at 63 years of age.

His son, Sonny announced the sad news through a Facebook post and said that Tony died of multiple organ failure.

Calvento is best known for the Calvento Files, a TV show which aired on ABS-CBN from 1995 to 1998 that featured various cases of local heinous crimes based on true stories. Due to its popularity, the show got a movie treatment in 1997.

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To pay our last respects, we compiled some of the most notorious Calvento Files episodes below:

Oroquieta Massacre

For the pilot episode of the Calvento Files, the production team that was handling the show at the time chose to retell the story of the Oroquieta Massacre, a crime deemed as the most controversial case from Tony’s articles. This set the show’s grisly mood. It was here where the reenactment style that we see up to this day became a staple for crime shows.

Calvento Files: The Movie Episode 1, Balintuwad

In 1997, the show reached the height of its popularity and was made into a movie, an anthology which was directed by Michael de Mesa and Laurenti Dyogi. The first episode featured actress Claudine Barretto as Valen Lanistosa, a 15-year-old girl with epilepsy who was gang-raped then drowned by teachers.


Calvento Files: The Movie Episode 2, Inay, May Momo

The second part of the movie cast John Estrada and Sharmaine Arnaiz as the suspect and victim in a horrific case where a rejected suitor kills his love interest’s husband, then proceeds to force his victim to drop the charges filed against him.

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Dying young but not in vain

One of the best moments for Tony’s Calvento Files was in 1999 when one of their episodes titled “Dying young but not in vain” bagged the best award in the drama-documentary category in the New York Film Festival. The episode featured the story of Alexander Miguel Icasiano, a University of the Philippines student who allegedly died during hazing rites of the Alpha Phi Beta fraternity.


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