Amid the hardships brought on by the current pandemic, alongside the shutdown of ABS-CBN network, cinema fans were saddened to hear news of the passing of Peque Gallaga on 7 May 2020. While his family mourns in his native Bacolod, many cinephiles stand by today remembering his body of work, many of which are considered Philippine classics and nostalgic favourites. Today, we revisit some of his movies that have left an indelible mark on our minds and memories.
Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)
Arguably Gallaga’s most well-known and critically acclaimed film, Oro, Plata, Mata tells the story of two wealthy Filipino families in the throes of World War II. In order to survive, they must escape the invading Japanese forces and so take to the jungle to hide.
First released in 1982, Oro Plata, Mata, which translates to “gold, silver, and bad luck” respectively, stars the likes of Cherie Gil, Manny Ojeda, Liza Lorena, and Joel Torre during their early years on the silver screen.