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Philippines' favorite entertainment from 1910s to 1960s

Anjelica Parana

on 7 March 2011

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Transcript of Bodabil

Bodabil a popular form of entertainment in the Phils from the 1910s-1960s was at its peak during the Japanese Occupation the local version of Vaudeville a stage presentation featuring various forms: musical, comedy, and even magic acts, skits, monologues, and acrobatics, etc. often staged in theaters in Manila Origin sarzuelas and komedyas imported vaudeville acts 1901-Teatro Zorilla:
"Novelties in Manila" Borromeo Lou The Platform to stardom "indegenized" Vaudeville Luis Borromeo organized the first Filipino Bodabil Company "Classical Jazz Music" Katy dela Cruz Catalina dela Cruz Jazz Vocals and Torch Songs "Queen of Filipino Jazz" highest paid entertainer at the age of 18 Bayani Casimiro Sr. ""Fred Astaire of the Philippines" made a name for himself as a tapdancer Later became a film star, most notable as Vic Sotto's father in "Okay Ka Fairy Ko" Dolphy Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. started in bodabil during the japanese occupation "The King of Comedy" During the Japanes Occupation movie production was halted but bodabil was allowed subtle anti-Japanese and pro-American messages even gerillas watch the show After the war performers returned or shifted to cinema bodabil continued for the next 2 decades Lou Salvador Sr. aka "Chipopoy"-most successful stage show impresario follows the "latest trends" like boogie (Chiquito) and rock and roll (Eddie Mesa) Pres. Marcos attempted to revive bodabil Sources: Tiongson, N. (ed.) CCP encyclopedia of Philippine art, vol. 7. Manila : Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994. Doreen Fernandez (1994). "Philippine Theater". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. VII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. pp. 68 Galileo Zafra (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. pp. 315–316 http://www.himig.com.ph/features/39-bodabil
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