Friday, April 17, 2009

The Original Supergirl of Philippine Cinema - Pinky Montilla


Share Over lunch today at Petra and Pilar (location below if you are interested), I suddenly remembered this superhero film that I saw when I was a kid. I remember seeing it on Channel 9, ("The Leader", was their old slogan). But since I was in a table packed with Y Generation crowd, I had to turn to my only dependable X Generation friend, Ivy. Guess what?! She knows what I was blabbing about - while the "younger ones" (let's give it to them) were all bemused on how passionate I was telling the mysterious movie in my head.
"Pinky!", Ivy blurted.
"Yes!" I exclaimed.

We were both in rapture simply by knowing someone else who has seen the old superhero motion picture. For years already I have asked around people if they have seen "Pinky" - the superhero who after biting her ring turns to Supergirl. What answer do I get?

"My gawd! what is that?", "Huh? you must be really old." Some even thought I was referring to Zarda.

Obviously I stopped asking around about the said movie. Oh well until today, again.

Was it a black and white movie? We can't remember! All we could remember was, the late actor, Ike Lozada, joined the packed of villagers who became a possessed-like creature. Back then if you raised your arms and closed your eyes, you are expected to be a zombie already. Not much make up or prostetics required - but a LOT of imagination and logic. Life was so much simpler then even in the Cinemas.

But the highlight of this movie was when supergirl had to defeat the giant frog. Why frog? I don't know! My only conclusion now is back then the frog was so misunderstood and feared - or simply because of lack of imagination from the author.

No matter how unimaginative and funny the movie appeared nowadays, the 1973 movie (I saw the re-run of it, okay! And I am not that old!) gave a lot of kids like me joy. Joy like a kid nowadays probably experience when they dabble their PSPs and other pricey gadgets.

If you totally do not understand this literary, it is understandable. Only a true X-Generation boomer knows Pinky and how she single-handedly defeated a giant frog. It is just bad you haven't witnessed a superhero fly like a paper cut being dragged on a stick. Really fierce!


Notes

(1) Petra and Pilar, Jaka Center Building, 2111 Chino Rocess Avenue, cor Exportbank Drive, Makati City / Telephone number 8875166 / 8935531 (They serve to-die-for kare-kare during Fridays).

(2) Thanks to my Y-Generation friend, Monna, for the materials.




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56 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL LOL LOL!!!!
I hate you for once again revealing our senior moments!
but then again..i'm just so amazed you know that movie cause everybody else didn't..I was starting to think I just imagined watching that...glory be to the old horror flicks that could be considered comic these days...can someone post that film in youtube pls!!!!

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on April 17, 2009 3:53 PM said...

LOL
Ivy
Have no fear! Like what I said... the kids nowadays will never see a superhero cut out paper, glued to a stick and dragged to fly behind a black backdraft! JUST OVER THE TOP FUNNY!

Yes.. if anyone has a copy please post it in youtube... or if you know the link, let us know!

mark morada said...

i am one of these ("younger ones") which eric refers

so fun to see them talking about the movie the characters :")

Anonymous said...

OMG! PINKY IS SOOOO TTTTRRRRRUUUUEEEE pala!!!!! I cant imagine Eric being the pinky supergirl of 2009 dancing to Jai Ho! :p

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on April 17, 2009 4:24 PM said...

Mark Morada - - - > shame on you to inlude yourself in the younger ones! wahahahaha

Anonymous said...

John D.
I know this movie.. but i can barely remember it... What got stuck in my head is the frog also!
Nice one Enrico!

Don said...

Do you have a copy of this Enrico?

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on April 24, 2009 11:25 AM said...

Author...
Unfortunatey I dont have a copy of this movie :(

Anonymous said...

weird ... been talking about SUPERGIRL for the past few weeks with some friends at work ... her nemesis was MS. ODETTE KHAN sans hair products and her ballroom dancing heels as the fire whip weilding mother of RAQUEL MONTESSA, the lovelorn crazy girl (dami niya issues yes) obsessed with ARNOLD GAMBOA (star of the 70's flick, STARDOOM) ... MY FAVORITE SCENE/S: giant palaka sticks its sharp nails (yes frogs have toe nails) into IKE LOZADA's svelte figure (may GOD rest his soul) and blood literally gushes out of his tummy like a garden sprinkler (for a time I was so afraid to get punctured ..) and when PINKY MONTILLA and ODETTA KHAN's aerial fight above the church's cross ... over black to save on keying in the background ( di pa uso chroma) ... CDJ

Eric Capacia on April 27, 2009 8:44 PM said...

HAHHAAH
True.. I remember that aerial fight scene..
Classic!!!

tyraniKAL on April 28, 2009 2:52 PM said...

"But the highlight of this movie was when supergirl had to defeat the giant frog. Why frog? I don't know! "

paranga scene sa ZsaZsa Zaturnah te?

Eric Capacia on April 28, 2009 5:49 PM said...

Hi Kal!

Hmmm.. It can never be compared to any movie... (defensive) LOL

The idea (or at least the attempt) was to be like Hollywood... Pero ending... uhmmmm.. A classic paper cut out superhero flying by means of a stick LOL

Too bad wala sya sa Youtube :(

Quimy said...

WTF!! ang tatanda nio na ! haha

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on April 28, 2009 7:11 PM said...

Hi Quimy!
Liar!

I bet you saw the original showing of this movie!

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize how closely she resembles La Aunor in that pic. i love that movie.

Eric Capacia on April 29, 2009 6:38 PM said...

Apparently a lot of people could remember this! Totally fierce!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Correction please Ike Lozada was not killed by the frog but he was stabbed by bamboo spears carried by zombies and he played a sinto-sinto in the movie. Barbara Perez was the one who gave her powers via a ring when it touch her lips she becomes Supergirl.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on July 18, 2009 7:39 AM said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for reading.

I think nobody mentioned Ike being killed by the frog.. Being attached, yes :)

Anyways.. we really have little recollections of the movie.. Do you have a copy?

Anonymous said...

I have vague memories of the movie but I do remember the giant frog and Ike Lozada getting stabbed to death -- I always thought it was a Darna movie, though (I wonder if DC Comics will sue if they started showing it on TV again?)

Speaking of classic movies, do any of you know the title of this horror movie of a Mud Mad terrorizing a family? Again, I have only have fuzzy memories of the flick...

Anonymous said...

Ewan ko lang kung alam nyo na Neneng never knew of the ring's power hanggang sa matapos ang movie. Neneng had to kiss the ring para maging Supergirl. Alam nyo bang kaya lang sya nagta-transform sa Supergirl ay dahil it was her mannerism to bring her hand close to her lips when she was in danger (especially pag gusto nya mapasigaw) So nagiging Supergirl lang sya always by accident. Fortunately, Supergirl knew of her powers kaya pag tapos na ang kanyang task, she would willingly kiss her ring to transform back to Neneng. At siempre, walang natatandaan na naman ang pobreng si Neneng sa mga nangyari. In fact, sa end ng movie, Supergirl almost died after killing Odette Khan. Kaya habang nakalugmok sya, she had time to kiss the ring to transform back to Neneng. Mabuti na lang, yung Dyosa na nagbigay sa kanya ng powers healed her.

Ewan ko ba kung bakit kabisado ko pa rin ang movie na ito. Natatandaan nyo rin ba ang isang movie ni Pinky Montilla na isa rin syang superhero "Ipnik" pero nagtatransform sya sa isang 1-inch superhero?

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on July 24, 2009 7:09 AM said...

@ Anonymous...

Hats off to you my friend for recalling an old movie like this... Thanks for reading and see you around!

Anonymous said...

i had seen this film too...elementary plang me nun. hehe! that tym, gustong2 ko tlga un...madami pa xang movie at mostly, action. i wonder kung asan na c pinky now.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on September 14, 2009 4:49 PM said...

I have no idea where she is now :)

Anonymous said...

Ang gagaling nyo!!! Bow ako sa inyo! Sana mapanood ko ulit ang mga pelikula na yan dahil halos nawawala na sa isipan ko ang mga pangyayari ... meaning, tumatanda na ako!

-- ronesan --

Anonymous said...

Try nyo po dito sa site na ito ... halos lahat ng mga naunang pinoy superheroes nandito!

http://andrewleavold.blogspot.com/2008/03/komik-superheroes-and-supervillains.html

-- ronesan --

Anonymous said...

gusto ko yung unang unang darna ni rosa del rosario, i was 5 or 6 yrs old ako ng mapanood ko pero hindi ko na matandaan yung mga scene eh..meron po ba kayo??? thanks dubai

Anonymous said...

ang supergirl i was 5 yrs old din ng mapanood ko yan sa t.v. takot na tako ako noon kasi mga zombies ang kalaban niya eh. wala pa kaming t.v. noon nakikipanood lang kami sa kapitbahay namin 3 blk away pa ang lalakarin namin kaya iyak ako ng iyak dahil ayaw ko ng umuwi sa bahay dahil baka makasalubong ko ang mga zombies ...

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 20, 2009 8:30 AM said...

Hi there... Cute story... Yeah.. We were kids then... Looking back they appear funny already :)

Anonymous said...

well my story is the same as above... nakikipanood ng t.v. in neighbor na ayaw ng umuwi dahil natatakot na kasi at that time wla pang ilaw sa poste ng meralco at sobrang dark pa noon, pero may dala kaming flashlight then takbuhan na kapag nagtatakutan at ako ang pinaka maliit kaya iyak ako ng iyak dahil ako ang nahuhuli so syempre takot na takot ako dahil baka nasa likod ko na ang mga zombies!!! hahahahahahah... tapos hahabulin pa kami ng mga asong gala sa kalsada kaya dobleng takot ko noon, hayyyyy paraang kailan lang ..

Ryan on November 23, 2009 4:42 PM said...

does anyone know if there is a dvd of this movie? very interesting to watch again...

Anonymous said...

why dont you try to ask any record bar somewhere in recto.. i think mayroon pa silang ganitong classic films or else...kasi doon ako nakabili ng collection ng darna classic films eh....

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 24, 2009 10:31 AM said...

@ Ryan

It is.. but it would be hard to get one I think...

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 24, 2009 10:32 AM said...

"Anonymous said...

well my story is the same as above... nakikipanood ng t.v. in neighbor na ayaw ng umuwi dahil natatakot na kasi at that time wla pang ilaw sa poste ng meralco at sobrang dark pa noon, pero may dala kaming flashlight then takbuhan na kapag nagtatakutan at ako ang pinaka maliit kaya iyak ako ng iyak dahil ako ang nahuhuli so syempre takot na takot ako dahil baka nasa likod ko na ang mga zombies!!! hahahahahahah... tapos hahabulin pa kami ng mga asong gala sa kalsada kaya dobleng takot ko noon, hayyyyy paraang kailan lang .."

Really interesting story you have.. What's your name, by the way?

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on November 24, 2009 10:32 AM said...

"Anonymous said...

why dont you try to ask any record bar somewhere in recto.. i think mayroon pa silang ganitong classic films or else...kasi doon ako nakabili ng collection ng darna classic films eh...."

I normally don't go his area.. But I can check wih friends.. If I get a copy I will all let you know :)

Anonymous said...

di po ata c arnold gamboa mga sir ung love interest ni pinky montilla c walter navarro po ata un..may eksena dito na kailangan pa alalayan si walter(under evil spell) ni supergirl para lang mka pasok ng church to make a sign of a cross afer nya basain ng holy water,then namatay na sya..national or nivico pa ata ung brand ng tv ng kapitbahay namin..paki correct na lang po mga sir kung mali ako.

Anonymous said...

I remember na si walter navarro nga ang actor not arnold gamboa.

Anonymous said...

hehehe..i remember that film..thanks! thanks! all the while "bitnik" ako ng "bitnik" where the hell I got that name? heheh..all I can remember was a girl turned into a superhero once she kissed her ring then she defeated a giant frog! Yun na!..I'm not that old. but thanks for the memories! I remember her name Pinky Montilla..=)

Anonymous said...

its D'joanna garcia not raquel and walter navarro not arnold

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on January 18, 2010 8:31 AM said...

It seems we are still arguing who the characters were.. It's such an old film and it is really hard to remember...

See you.

Anonymous said...

meron pang isang classic pinay superherone movie. parang darna rin. nagta-transform ung bidang girl by hanging an amulet sa in-between ng breasts nya. i hope someone have seen this old movie too. comedy yata sya..

Anonymous said...

LOL good times, the giant palaka, tapos si pinky may sis na bulag at si Arnold Gamboa, utal or pipi ba sya doon? pa-ulit ulit sya pinalalabas in the afternoon sa RPN 9 na-memorize na naming magkakapatid yun lines tuloy, and I always play the part of Odette Khan haha!.

Anonymous said...

Pinky Montilla married director Howard Petersen and they moved to the States where they live now. She's flattered about how people still remember her movies.

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on September 21, 2010 8:24 AM said...

"Pinky Montilla married director Howard Petersen and they moved to the States where they live now. She's flattered about how people still remember her movies".

Thanks for the update. Give our regards to her :)

TwistedHalo23 on April 11, 2011 3:21 PM said...

whoa!!! the Super girl of the philippines!! I have a copy of this old film..pero na record lang sa VHS.yung mga ate ko ang mga nagrecord nito nung 80's.tapos we have transferred sa disc.a paintstaking effort!..heheh.black and white po sya...tapos yung supergirl, she sports yung belt similar to Darna.I like yung scene na nagaapoy yung latigo ni Odette Khan tapos may aerial fighting pa...and yung engkantada sa film yata is Boots Anson Roa.

correct me if im wrong pero kaya sila nagkrus ng landas nun kasi si Odette khan ay may binuhay na patay..yung love interest ng anak nya...since yung patay ay nabuhay,wala itong matandaan,blank expression and all tapos naligaw sa lugar nina Neneng...Neneg took care of the guy until mahanap sya nung anak ni Odette..yun na yung signal ng paghaharap ata nila..Tapos yung kuba dun I remeber nagiging paniki..tapos yun yung parang kumagat kay neneng when she was thrown out of the church sa panic ng mga tao nung bumangon yung mga patay...
snippets lang yung natatandaan ko eh...teka ill get the cd sa box ko sa room.hehehe

TwistedHalo23 on April 11, 2011 3:24 PM said...

alam ko pa yung lines ni pinky motilla nung iniinterrogate sya ng anak ni odette khan anong ginawa nya sa mahal nya..sabi ni Plinky - ' Wwala kaong ginawang anuman kung hindi ang pagpalain sya..' meaning I took care of him. hehehehe! o ha!!! memory lane yan!!!

TwistedHalo23 on April 11, 2011 3:34 PM said...

error - hindi pala si boots anson yung engkantada ...si barbara perez

Anonymous said...

post mo sa youtube yung movie.

Pepito said...

@twistedhalo23

sige nga post mo nga sa youtube kung meron ka talaga kopya. nagkukunwari ka lang eh.

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed reading this coz pinky's one of my favorite actresses when i was a kid..i remember there's this promotion for her movie supergirl here in our province but i dont know what happens that she wasnt able to come or maybe just to excite the kids but she's not really coming.....the checker(the one who checked the income of the movie,we had a boarding house then for checkers coz my mother was a takilyera then)asked my older sister to wear the costume but my sister refused hehe...he said pinky and my sister looked a bit similar...

Anonymous said...

mahirap talaga hanapin ang movie na ito...kahit s mga old pirated dvd s quiapo ang hirap hanapin,mabuti pa ang mga old l.v.n.at sampaquita movies meroon pa doon...i remember in this movie ang ate ni pinky na si liza lorena bulag at ang kalove interest nya dito ay si nick romano,pareho sila namatay ng umatake ang giant palaka,at pareho din sila naging zombies,how sad talaga hindi ko na napapanuod ito kahit sa cable tv,dati pinalalabas ito sa channel 9 after ng eat bulaga,sana magkaroon ito kahit sa dvd copy o sa youtube.

Anonymous said...

still interested in this movie... anyone has a copy?

Anonymous said...

Watch out for it to be shown in the big screen this summer 2012 !!!

Anonymous said...

I remember watching this movie as a re-run on CH. 9..Favorite scene was when the frog stuck out its tongue and wrapped it around Pinky's blind sister hehe..

Anonymous said...

ha.ha.ha bigla akong napunta sa site na eto kc nakakatuwang pareho yung mga nasa isip natin elementary din ako nung una kong mapanood ang movie na eto sa tv namin SUPER GIRL 80s yun, at isa eto sa mga pinoy horror movies na hindi ko malilimutan si Neneng na aksidenteng nahahalikan yung singsing at may higanteng palaka, manghang mangha ako nung time na yun samahan pa ng mga zombies, dapat yan ang mga ni re-remake na movies at huwag babaguhin ang story tayo ang mga bata nung time na yun pero until now naaalala pa rin natin,biro mo ang impact ng movie na yun sa kaisipan natin, may nabasa nga akong merong hindi maka uwi sa bahay dhil baka may makasalubong na zombies, ganun din po ako, ang sarap sariwain yung mga gnung times BATA,,he,he,he.sana meron pang nakapag tabi ng movie nayan, meron pa rin akong hinahanap eh yung kay CHIQUITO yung MANG KEPWENG and SON yung nag multo na si PILING dahil puro palpak yung ginawa nila chiquito at palito sa libing nya, nasiraan yung karo ng patay tapos ng binuhat eh nahulog si piling dahil pakong bakya lng pala ang ginamit. STA,MARIA yan ang dialog na hindi ko malilimutan eh until now...sana may makahanap pa ng mga movie na yan....salamat sa site na eto...

Anonymous said...

I am realated to pinky and the director Howard :)

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