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Movies That Mark 30th Year in April 2024

At least 10 Filipino movies were released in theaters in April 1994. Many of these movies can now be viewed on YouTube, while others are occasionally aired on free television.

Biboy Banal: Pagganti Ko, Tapos Kayo
Antipolo Massacre: The Cecilia Masagca Story, Jesus Save Us
Sige … Ihataw Mo! Dancin' with the Motion
Gen. Tapia: Sa Nagbabagang Lupa
Kadenang Bulaklak
Buhay ng Buhay Ko
Markadong Hudas
Binibini ng Aking Panaginip
God … Save the Babies
Alyas Boy Ama … Tirador

Details of each mentioned title follow.

Biboy Banal: Pagganti Ko, Tapos Kayo (Tagalog: Biboy Banal: When I Take Revenge, You're Dead)

Original Release Date: April 7, 1994
Production Company: OctoArts Films


Jeric Raval ... Biboy Banal
Vic Vargas ... Mang Maning
Ronaldo Valdez ... Maj. Acosta
Miguel Rodriguez ... Maj. Mateo
Almira Muhlach ... Ellen
Michael V ... Ching
Jennifer Rodriguez    ...    Gina


Direction: Junn P. Cabreira
Story and Screenplay: Mike Tan
Cinematography: Rudy Diño
Production Design: Rome Gonzales
Editing: Segundo Ramos
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Orly R. Ilacad

The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!)

Original Release Date: April 8, 1994
Production Company: Viva Films, Golden Lions Films


Dawn Zulueta ...  Cecilia Masagca
Cesar Montano ... Winifredo Masagca
Boots Anson Roa ... Victim No. 1
Celso Ad. Castillo ... Victim No. 2
Bernard Bonnin ... Victim No. 3
Angelica Panganiban ... Victim No. 4
Liezel Martinez    ...    Victim No. 5


Direction and Story: Carlo J. Caparas
Cinematography: Ernesto 'Boy' Dominguez
Production Design: Gabby Francisco
Editing: Abelardo Hulleza
Musical Direction: Demet Velasquez
Executive Producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr., Carlo J. Caparas, Donna Villa

FUN FACT: During the opening credits, the background music sounds like "Gabriel's Oboe," the main theme for the 1986 film The Mission. The soundtrack also features "The Green Leaves of Summer," song performed by the vocal group The Brothers Four. 

Sige … Ihataw Mo! Dancin' with the Motion the Movie (Tagalog: All Right ... Move It! Dancin' with the Motion the Movie)
Original Release Date: April 14, 1994
Production Company: Universal Records


Claudine Barretto ... Claudine
Brian Furlow ... Universal Motion Dancer
Wowie De Guzman ... Universal Motion Dancer
Norman Santos ... Universal Motion Dancer
James Salas ... Universal Motion Dancer
Jim Salas ... Universal Motion Dancer
Gerald Fainsan ... Universal Motion Dancer
Gerry Oliva ... Universal Motion Dancer
Marco McKinley ... Universal Motion Dancer


Direction: Chito S. Roño
Screenplay: Floy Quintos
Cinematography: Johnny Araojo, Jun Pereira
Production Design: Jeffrey Jeturian
Editing: Jess Navarro
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Bella Dy Tan

FUN FACT: The dance showdown toward the end of the movie features the Universal Motion Dancers versus the Streetboys. Director Chito S. Roño helped in establishing the latter.

Gen. Tapia: Sa Nagbabagang Lupa (Tagalog: Gen. Tapia: On Burning Ground)

Original Release Date: April 14, 1994
Production Company: Sunlight Films


Ronnie Ricketts    ...    Gen. Cesar F. Tapia
Ronald Gan    ...    Omar
Daniel Fernando    ...    Hassan
Rachel Lobangco    ...    Soraya
Rez Cortez    ...    Hamil
Rhey Roldan    ...    Tahil
Lovely Rivero    ...    Nanette


Direction: Roland S. Ledesma
Screenplay: Bert Duenas, Eddie Joson, and Roland Ledesma
Cinematography: Rudy Quijano
Editing: Ruben Pantua
Musical Direction: Boy Alcaide
Executive Producer: R.L. Lugtu

FUN FACT: During the end credits, the "Marines' Hymn" is playing. This is an example of the organizational anthem of the United States Marine Corps being used in a Filipino movie.

Kadenang Bulaklak (Tagalog: Chain of Flowers)

Original Release Date: April 15, 1994
Production Company: Viva Films


Vina Morales    ...    Jasmin Abolencia
Ana Roces    ... Baby Abolencia
Donna Cruz ... Violy Abolencia
Angelu de Leon ... Daisy Abolencia


Direction: Joel Lamangan
Screenplay: Luwalhati Bautista
Cinematography: Loreto Isleta
Production Design: Manny Morfe
Editing: Jess Navarro
Musical Direction: Willy Cruz
Executive Producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr.

Buhay ng Buhay Ko (Tagalog: Life of My Life)

Original Release Date: April 21, 1994
Production Company: Regal Films


Dawn Zulueta    ...    Carol
Aiko Melendez   ... Fatima
Albert Martinez ... Louie Alvarez
Aljon Jimenez    ...    Bodjie
John Estrada ... Nelson


Direction, Story and Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes
Cinematography: Jun Pereirra
Production Design: Benjie De Guzman
Editing: Edmund 'Bot' Jarlego
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Lily Monteverde

Markadong Hudas (Tagalog: Marked Judas)

Original Release Date: April 21, 1994
Production Company: Viva Films


Cesar Montano    ...    Daniel Braganza
Dina Bonnevie   ...    Rodelina Vergado
Jun Aristorenas ... Don Gonzalo Vergado
Daniel Fernando    ...    Col. Manolo Nantes
Teresa Loyzaga ... Myrna


Direction: Eddie Rodriguez
Story: Carlo J. Caparas
Screenplay: Henry Nadong, Eddie Rodriguez
Cinematography: Ricardo Herrera
Production Design: Melchor Defensor
Editing: Ike Jarlego Jr.
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Vic Del Rosario Jr.

FUN FACT: Markadong Hudas is Cesar Montano's second movie in April 1994. Writer Carlo J. Caparas is also the director of The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!), which was released about two weeks before.

Binibini ng Aking Panaginip (Tagalog: Lady of My Dreams)

Original Release Date: April 28, 1994
Production Company: Regal Films


Ruffa Gutierrez    ...    Amelia 'Amy' Luciano    
Jayvee Gayoso   ...    Ernest Maravilla
John Estrada    ...    Danny
Chanda Romero ... Evelyn
Noel Trinidad    ...    Ted


Direction: Joey Romero
Story & Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes
Cinematography: Ricardo Jacinto
Production Design: Benjie De Guzman
Editing: George Jarlego
Musical Direction: Nonong Buencamino
Executive Producer: Lily Monteverde

FUN FACT: In November 1993, Ruffa Gutierrez was crowned 2nd Princess at the Miss World Pageant held in South Africa. Leading man Jayvee Gayoso, who is introduced in this movie, was a popular basketball player at that time. He was cast because the role required someone taller than Gutierrez.

God … Save the Babies

Original Release Date: April 28, 1994
Production Company: Seiko Films


Jestoni Alarcon    ... Col. Arnel Gonzales
Rita Avila    ...
Sharmaine Arnaiz ... Lisa
Eddie Gutierrez ... Ninong
Lito Legaspi ... Samuel
Jess Lapid Jr. ... Benjo
Claudine Barretto ... Cherry


Direction, Story & Screenplay: Mauro Gia Samonte
Executive Producer: Robbie Tan

FUN FACT: The plot element of babies held hostage in a hospital is also depicted in Hard Boiled, a 1992 Hong Kong action thriller film directed by John Woo.

Alyas Boy Ama … Tirador (Tagalog: Alias Boy Ama ... Hitman)

Original Release Date: April 29, 1994
Production Company: Moviestars Productions


Zoren Legaspi    ...    Salvador "Boy Ama" Visconde Jr.   
Bob Soler   ...    Larry
Michael De Mesa     ...    Nardo
Kevin Delgado    ...    Tisoy
Gloria Diaz    ...    Dolores
Cheska Diaz    ...    Arlene
Rosemarie Gil    ...    Martha
Subas Herrero    ...    Capt. Perillo
Gino Antonio    ...    Asyong
Max Laurel    ...    Max
Ruel Vernal    ...    Dupong


Direction: Baldo Marro
Story & Screenplay: Mike Relon Makiling, Baldo Marro
Cinematography: Edmund Cupcupin
Editing: Rogelio Salvador
Musical Direction: Jaime Fabregas
Executive Producer: Victor Villegas

FUN FACT: In the first 20 minutes of the movie, Zoren Legaspi wears a blue sleeveless shirt that has the words 'BLUE BOY.'

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