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Pagputi ng uwak... Pag-itim ng tagak (1978)

As a young woman born in a tradition bound town but raised in the modernizing atmosphere of Manila, Julie gropes towards maturity without benefit of guidance from understanding elders. Home... See full summary »


Celso Ad. Castillo


Celso Ad. Castillo (story), Ruben Arthur Nicdao (story) | 3 more credits »
13 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vilma Santos ... Julie Monserrat
Bembol Roco ... Dido (as Bembol Roco Jr.)
Robert Talabis Robert Talabis ... Claro
Joonee Gamboa ... Maestro Roque
Angie Ferro ... Miguela Monserrat
Olivia O'Hara Olivia O'Hara ... Cristy
Mona Lisa ... Diding
Mario Escudero Mario Escudero ... Hepe
Fred Panopio Fred Panopio ... Dido's Friend
Adul de Leon Adul de Leon ... Beatrice Monserrat
Lito Anzures Lito Anzures ... Kumander Salome
Miniong Alvarez Miniong Alvarez ... Cosme
Andres Centenera ... Joaquin Sanvictorez
Carpi Asturias Carpi Asturias ... Pepe
Feling Cudia Feling Cudia ... Cleta (as Filing Cudia)


As a young woman born in a tradition bound town but raised in the modernizing atmosphere of Manila, Julie gropes towards maturity without benefit of guidance from understanding elders. Home for the traditional town fiesta, she meets the poor boy next-door; Dido Ventura (Bembol Rocco) whose passion and impulsiveness rush her into an elopement but Dido's family has a long-standing grievance against the Monserrats who through fraudulence in the past had grabbed the Ventura property. When the young lovers ask for permission to marry, Julie's snooty aunts make her choose between her present status as a rich single Monserrat, and an uncertain future as housewife of Dido. In a moment of indecisiveness, Julie gives up Dido and goes back to her music studies. At the university, Julie is visited by the elderly violinist from her hometown whom she idolizes. Maestro Juan Roque (Jonee Gamboa) has learned she is pregnant and he has come to tell Julie that he is her father and then walks out on him.... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance






Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

15 July 1978 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Pagputi ng uwak, pag-itim ng tagak See more »

Filming Locations:

Majayjay, Laguna, Philippines See more »

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VS Film See more »
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Referenced in Tinimbang ang langit (1982) See more »


Pagputi ng Uwak Pag-itim ng Tagak
Sung by Belinda Jimenez
Lyrics & Music by George Canseco
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Drama,love story.
20 May 2000 | by wonderviSee all my reviews

Celso Ad Castillo's epic masterpiece of romantic love, family relationships,class struggle and political rebellion ,Vilma Santos star as Julie Monserrat,a music-loving provincial lass raised by her two prudish, wealthy spinsters aunt (Adul De Leon and Angie Ferro)Julie falls in love w/ Dido Ventura (Bembol Rocco)the poor son of embittered woman (Mona Lisa)who holds grudge againts the Monserrats for wrong doing several years earlier. Other memorable characters populate this beautifully-photographed drama ,among them Maestro Roque(joonee Gamboa)a composer-violinist and huk kumander salome(Lito anzures),Dido's freedom-fighting uncle. rich in texture and full color,,charm love and joy,tenderness,violence and despair and hope.The movie won critics awards.also stars Yolanda Luna,Marvin Samson,Mario Escudero,Olivia O' Hara and Robert Talabis.Cinematograhy by Romy Vitug. Produced by VS film.

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