"Conde de Amor" (1957)
Release Date October 11- 20, 1957/ Dalisay
Direction Richard Abelardo
Cast Val Castelo, Cecilia Lopez, Nita Javier, Alfonso Carvajal, Jose de Cordova, Oscar Keese, Jose Vergara and Willie Sotelo
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From the file--- The Hukbalahap Insurection: A Case Study of a Successful Anti-Insurgency Operation in the
The new secretary of national defense's popularity and fame did not escape Taruc's notice. During his first year in office, Magsaysay was the target of several Huk assassination attempts. Fortunately, all of these attempts failed and in one case, the agent was "turned" after having a long discussion with Magsaysay.
Elvira (Lolita Rodriguez) grew up under the care of her overprotective and strict mother, Aling Binday (Etang Discher in her award-winning performance). With Elvira’s stunning beauty and gifted singing voice, Aling Binday had good plans for her. She gave her all the amenities, luxuries and comforts in life--- nice dresses, good education, etc. However, when she learned of Elvira having a boyfriend, it devastated her completely.
Knowing that her good plan for Elvira was in jeopardy, Aling Binday devised a wicked and drastic action. She told Armando (Eddie Arenas), Elvira’s boyfriend, a big lie, that Elvira had a “dark past”--- she was a ‘disgrasyada.’ Elvira and Armando separated; an ugly confrontation between the mother and daughter occurred (see film clip 1 below). Elvira left home in haste, her good name and character shattered. She went to Armando but was rejected.
Don Artemio makes a deal with Claudio (Eddie Rodriguez), an ordinary and simple guy, to court Loida to derail or spoil Fred, and if he wins her, he stands to get a whooping 10,000 pesos.
Claudio wins, but rejects the money and asks Loida to be his wife. Loida accepts but later learns that all is a farce and a hoax. She runs away and Claudio is disheartened. He drinks and his life is a big mess.