Without a doubt, Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ) deserves his title of the Da King (or King of Philippine Movies) because of his starring movies, and a real hero to a lot of poor Filipinos. And with no question whatsoever, FPJ movies are among the best Tagalog movies ever made. Aside from great and unique stories, they also have memorable lines and exciting scenes.
Yes, most villains may be common in FPJ films but fans don’t care. In fact, they are always expecting to see the likes of Paquito Diaz, Romy Diaz, and Max Alvarado in each of them. And yes, Da King also includes child star in his movies. But in case you don’t know yet, here are eight other interesting facts about the movies of FPJ.
#1 FPJ uses simple, common nicknames
This is pretty obvious for solid FPJ fans. But for millennials who have only watched a few of his films, they will barely notice that Da King uses simple and common nicknames. Nanding, Mando, Manding, and Berting are only some of them. Nevertheless, probably the most famous of them is Delfin, his character in Kahit Konting Pagtingin, opposite Megastar Sharon Cuneta.
#2 Beauty queens as leading ladies
Obviously, Susan Roces was FPJ’s favorite leading lady. Probably the second one is Marianne dela Riva. But in some of them, Da King chooses beauty queens as leading ladies such as Gloria Diaz, Pilar Pilapil, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chat Silayan, Elizabeth Oropesa, Criselda ‘Dang’ Cecilio, Rowena Moran (Lovi Poe’s mother), and Charlene Gonzales.
#3 Action stars appearance before they became famous
Yes, some action stars appeared in FPJ films before they became famous. First is Ace Vergel, who appeared in the 1959 movie “Anak ng Bulkan” when he was around 7 years old. Next is Philip Salvador, in the 1976 FPJ-Vilma Santos movie “Bato sa Buhangin.” And yes, Cesar Montano was still a young model when he appeared in the 1984 movie, “Ang Padrino.”
#4 FPJ movies promote Filipino culture and tourism
Some of you might get bored with FPJ movies showing fiestas. But no, Da King does not mind spending money on the catering services just to show the audience the culture of Filipinos. Aside from that, he also promotes the beautiful spots in the country, such as in Bohol, Mindanao, and Ilocos Norte where most of his Panday movies were shot.
#5 FPJ jokes about Joseph Estrada
The world knows that FPJ and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada are best of friends since they were in their early 20s. In fact, it was FPJ who first called him Erap, a play on the Tagalog slang word “pare”, which means buddy. For this reason alone, FPJ makes fun of him in some of his light movies including “Tutubing Kalabaw, Tutubing Karayom” and “May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi.”
#6 Some FPJ movies use the same house for location shooting
What do the Muslim .357, Dito sa Pitong Gatang, Ang Dalubhasa, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, and Pakners have in common? All of these films used the same old house near Blumentritt in Manila as their location shooting. It’s also a few kilometers away from FPJ Studio. We believe that there are other FPJ movies that used that same house, and its owner should be very proud.
#7 FPJ directs some of his movies as D’Lanor and Ronwaldo Reyes
Yes, FPJ used the name Ronwaldo Reyes when he directs some of his recent movies. According to earlier reports, he got the Ron from his real name Ronald Allan Poe; Waldo from Ethelwolda Ramos, a veteran showbiz writer; and Reyes from his mentor, Efren Reyes, Sr. But in his 60s movies, he used the directorial pseudonym D’Lanor, which obviously is his name, spelled backward.
#8 Fans got angry when FPJ dies in a movie
FPJ died in his character as policeman Ador de Leon in the Ang Probinsyano movie, but his twin brother Kardo replaced him so FPJ fans were not disappointed. But when Da King died in his 1971 award-winning movie “Asedillo,” fans especially Muslims got mad. In fact, witnesses said that guns were fired movie theaters in Zamboanga after the film showing.
Fernando Poe Jr passed away on December 14, 2004, but his legend continues to live. Today, Coco Martin honors him in his FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano TV series. He is also planning to do a remake of some FPJ movies, and a lot of millennials might like them. But for solid fans of Da King, they prefer to watch FPJ movies. After all, nothing beats the original.