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Born in Manila, Philippines
Died in Philippines
Birth NameHonorata de la Rama
Nicknames Queen of Zarzuela
Atang

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Atang Dela Rama was born on January 11, 1905 in Manila, Philippines as Honorata de la Rama. She was an actress, known for Dalagang bukid (1919), Oriental Blood (1930) and Batong Buhay (sa Sentral Lusan) (1950). She died on July 11, 1991 in the Philippines.

Trivia (7)

As Queen of Zarzuela, she starred in more than 50 zarzuelas.
Started her career at age seven after being cast in Spanish zarzuelas such as "Mascota", "SueƱo de un Vals" and "Marina". She starred in several veladas, a literary musical program.
Acted in the very first Filipino/Tagalog film, Dalagang bukid (1919).
In 1919 the young Atang sang "Nabasag ang Banga" ("The Clay Pot Broke") in the stage play "Dalagang Bukid" ("Country Maiden") by Hermogenes Ilagan and Leon Ignacio. When Jose Nepomuceno, who historians of the Filipino film industry have called "Father of Philippine Movies", decided to make a big-screen version of the popular stage play as his first production venture, he tapped Atang. Since sound had not yet been incorporated into motion pictures in 1919, Nepomuceno had to resort to what must have been quite a novelty at the time--during screenings of the movie, Atang stood behind the screen to sing the theme song to the accompaniment of a three-man band consisting of a violinist, a trumpet player and a pianist. It paid off, however, and the movie became a hit.
In 1979 (age 74), Atang was formally honored as the Queen of Kundiman.
National Artist of the Phiippines for Theater and Music.
She was the Philippines' most celebrated vaudeville actress.

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