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FPJ Film Archive Entrusted To ABS-CBN By Susan Roces

Susan Roces has entrusted the whole Fernando Poe Jr. film archive to ABS-CBN.

Comprising of 160 films, the FPJ archive contains the work of the late actor and politician under FPJ Productions.

As a result of the new development, movies of “Da King” will be shown in multiple channels of ABS-CBN.

According to ABS-CBN News, its main channel, Studio 23, Cinema One, Jeepney TV, The Filipino Channel and Cinema One Global will be airing the movies included in the FPJ archive.

The deal was revealed to the public by ABS-CBN Channel Head Cory Vidanes and Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, the late actor’s daughter. Llamanzares said she is happy that her family through FPJ Productions and ABS-CBN are continuing their relationship.

“Kahit na wala na dito si FPJ, ang kanyang mga pelikula ay patuloy parin na mapapanood ng mga mas batang henerasyon... 'Yung mga pelikula, tungkol sa social justice, kung ano 'yung hinaing ng mga ordinaryong mamamayan, at ang pagkapanalo ng mabuti laman sa masama,” the senator said.

Meanwhile, Roces pointed out why they entrusted the FPJ archive to ABS-CBN. The actress said, “naniniwala ang pamilya at ang kumpanya ng FPJ productions na [ang ABS-CBN] ang makakapag-present nang maigi ng lahat ng mga obra ni FPJ, at malawak ang nararating ng kanilang network.”

“Ang layunin ng FPJ Productions sa pagtatanghal na ito ay para manatili sa alaala ng lahat ng mga sumubaybay [kay] FPJ ang mga pelikulang pinaghirapan niyang gawin,” Roces added.

The Legacy of ‘Da King’
Susan Roces went on a separate interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday where she discussed her late husband’s legacy to the Filipino public.

She said that people will see that the actor love the Filipino people. “Dahil mahal ni FPJ ang masang Pilipino, lahat ng subject ng kanyang pelikula, ang kanyang mga ginagampanang role, ang kanyang sinisimbolo ay ang masang Pilipino,” Roces said.

“Ang pino-portray niya ay 'yung pangkaraniwang sundalo, o pangkaraniwang pulis. Dahil sabi niya, mas makulay ang buhay nila. Sila ang talagang mga nakasulong sa panganib. Sila talaga ang na sa frontline. Maski na sa ibang mga istorya na kanyang ginagampanan, siya palagi 'yung underdog,” she added.

Turning to the topic of leading ladies, Roces said that this aspect of FPJ’s films were only secondary. FPJ was always paired with popular actresses of their time.

“Sa mga pelikula ni FPJ, 'yung prinsipyo ang bida, hindi 'yung leading lady. Pwede niyang iwanan ang leading lady, pero maggu-goodbye siya, hahalikan niya, aakapin niya, at itutuloy niya ang paglalakbay dahil sa prinsipyo, dahil sa paninindigan. Gano'n ang mga tema ng pelikula ni FPJ,” she said.

Roces also went on to discuss how she and Poe got close to each other. According to the acclaimed actress, she and Poe first became close to each other on the set of "Ang Daigdig Ko'y Ikaw," their first film together.

“Nagsisimula palang noon si FPJ, siguro pang ilang pelikula palang nila 'yung 'Ang Daigdig Ko'y Ikaw.' Doon kami nagsimula, nagkaligawan,” Roces said.

“Ginawa namin ang 'Zamboanga' (1966), binigyan niya ako ng engagement ring nung panahon na iyon. Eventually we got married, at ginawa naman namin ang 'Perlas ng Silangan.' Kasal na kami noon. That was 1969,” she added.

The rest, they say, is history – a history that includes film after film starring the two artists.

“Ang mga sumunod doon ay tungkol naman sa buhay mag-asawa, 'Manedyer... Si Kumander' (1982), at 'Mahal...Saan Ka Nanggaling Kagabi?' (1979) at kung anu-ano pa,” Roces said with a laugh, ABS-CBN reports.

According to the actress, Poe’s films in the 80s reflected their life as a couple. The actress also said that FPJ made it a point to showcase hidden spots around the Philippines.

“Sa pagsasa-pelikula ni FPJ, isinasaalang-alang niya nung panahon na 'yon na ipakita ang kagandahan ng Pilipinas, kaya karamihan sa mga pelikulang ito ay kinunan po sa mga pook na hindi pa nararating kahit ng mga sasakyan,” she said.

Talking about film preservation, which may be the impetus why Roces and the FPJ family entrusted the FPJ film archive to ABS-CBN, Roces talked about Fernando Poe, Sr., Poe’s father who was also a popular actor in the 1930s to the early 1950s.

“[Fernando Poe, Sr.] was very popular, but he died early. Marami siyang pelikulang ginawa at maraming pelikula na nasayang... [because] during those times, highly inflammable ang pelikula, ang celluloid, 'yung film na ginagamit para isapelikula ang istorya,” Roces said.

“Nasunog 'yon, and as a little boy, as a young man -- I think Rannie (FPJ) was around 9 or 10 years old then -- all they could do was to stare at those films burning. So hindi niya nakalimutan 'yon, dahil 'yun ang kinakalakihan niya,” she added.

ABS-CBN has a state-of-the-art film archive facility. Not that FPJ Productions does not have the capability to preserve Poe’s films.

“Nung nabubuhay pa si FPJ, isinalin na 'yan (films) from celluloid sa iba-ibang medium, hanggang dumating nga sa digital,” Roces said.

“But now, very recently, from the proceeds of the sales of these films, Jeffrey (Sonora, FPJ’s nephew) saw to it that FPJ Productions acquire the machine to take care of these films para mapreserbang lalo,” she added.

According to Llamanzares, the machine uses “German technology that will preserve the film, that will actually transfer all the data to a digital file. Parang one stop [process] 'yan -- magku-curing, 'yung kulay, pati ng sound.”

The senator also said that FPJ Productions is the first company in Southeast Asia to acquire the technology, the ABS-CBN report noted.

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