Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Daboy's legacy preserved by ABS-CBN; films to air exclusively on network

This is from the ABS-CBN news:

Among the many provisions that action star Rudy "Daboy" Fernandez made sure to arrange before his death was the continuation of his legacy as an actor for posterity.

To this end, he bequeathed the rights to his films to ABS-CBN to ensure that later generations would be able to watch his films.

Fernandez passed away on Saturday, June 7, after a two-year struggle against periampullary cancer. He passed away in the presence of his wife, actress Lorna Tolentino and his family at their home in White Plains, Quezon City due to periampullary cancer.

It was fortunate that in December 18, Fernandez was able to sign a contract with ABS-CBN, giving the netowork the rights to air his films.

Fernandez was accompanied by Lorna Tolentino at the signing which was witnessed by ABS-CBN executives, including the network's president Charo Santos-Concio and Malou Santos.

At the time, Fernandez appeared fit and healthy and was all smiles as he signed the contract spoke to ABS-CBN officials.

The actor's movie will be aired in the future on a weekly basis only on Kapamilya network. A report said that Fernandez' films will be aired at the end of the Fernando Poe Jr. Cinema Collection.

Dubbed as the Philippines Cinema's Prince of Action, Fernandez made almost 100 films. At the age of three, Daboy starred in the movie "Luksang Tagumpay" with his father Gregorio Fernandez as the film director.

His career bloomed when he starred in action films based on real life characters, both anti-heroes and heroes, including "Bitayin si Baby Ama" (1976); "Batuigas: Pasukuin si Waway" (1984; for which he won Best Actor from the FAP and the FAMAS) and "Victor Corpuz" (1988; for which he won Best Actor, FAMAS) and "Markang Bungo."

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