Danny Dolor and Edu Jarque standing with Lulu Coching Rodriguez and Bambi Harper - Golden Years

Danny Dolor, Lorraine and Robert Sylianteng have a multitude of reasons to showcase ‘Alitaptap Kikilapkilap’

Way back when. . . Movies were black and white, fantasmagical effects had yet to be born as computer generated images, and movie stars were much more proper (at least in public).

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A world war and three generations later, Fernando Poe, Rogelio de la Rosa, Carmen Rosales, Rudy Concepcion, Leopoldo Salcedo are merely names that ruled the silver screen once upon a time. Yolanda Marquez would leave the reel world to become Mary Prieto in real life, and a certain Danny Dolor would graduate from movie fan starting at the age of 10 to keeper of Philippine cinema’s most precious memorabilia. You could say he’s the industry’s treasurer of memories.

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Robert Sylianteng did the finishing touches on collage of fotos at the lobby of his First United Bldg. (FUB) on the Escolta; Also in black and white, picture of the original, former Perez Samanillo Bldg.

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Magdalena starred Yolanda Marquez, later known as Mary Prieto.

On the May 8, National Heritage Month, Mr. Dolor cut the ribbon with Robert and Lorraine Sylianteng, owners of the 1928 award-winning Perez-Samanillo Bldg., now known as First United Bldg., to open Mr. Dolor’s exhibit of movie ads circa 1936 -1941. That period, as noted by the entertainment writer Ronald Constantino, is known as the first golden years of Philippine movies. “This year happens to be the 100th year of our movie industry,” enthused the 80-ish movie fan, “as it is also my 25th year as a chronicler in the Philippine Star of Filipiniana trivia.” In addition, 2019 is the 40th year of the Syliantengs’ acquisition of the pre-war building which they have carefully preserved/conserved to serve as a monument standing for the aesthetics of the past as well as a beacon with its spotlight on a progressive future.

In one corner sunken sitting area in the room that was once Nora Aunors office - Golden Years

In one corner, sunken sitting area in the room that was once Nora Aunor’s office

In black and white the ‘golden years’ - Golden Years

In black and white, the ‘golden years’

Right on cue, the rhythmically titled “Alitaptap Kikilapkilap” (Flickering Fireflies) exhibit was held in a room that was once Nora Aunor’s office. Susan Roces, whom the collector considers the prettiest face ever to light up the screen, would have been a special guest, but as it was the last leg of the election race, she had to be with her reelectionist-daughter, Sen.Grace Poe, who has successfully combined showbiz and politics in a country that’s mad about both.

Danny and his editor Ricly Lo - Golden Years

Danny and his editor, Ricly Lo


Ching AlanoRonald Constantino - Golden Years

Ching Alano,Ronald Constantino


Allan Tengco came all the way from BaliwagBulucan to be with his bestfriend Danny - Golden Years

Allan Tengco came all the way from Baliwag,Bulucan, to be with his best friend Danny

Menchu Padilla - Golden Years

Menchu Padilla


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