Pancho Magalona

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Pancho Magalona is a Philippine actor. He is father to the late musician Francis Magalona and grandfather to television actress Maxene Magalona.


Early Life

Magalona was born Enrique Gayoso Magalona Jr., in 1921 at Negros Occidental. He is the son of Senator Enrique B. Magalona, Sr. and Consuelo Gayoso.

He was a college graduate from Ateneo de Manila University.


Early Stages

It was in 1947 when Magalona decided to enter the entertainment industry, appearing at the movie Prima Donna, after an encouragement from former first lady Aurora Aragon Quezon.

Pancho Magalona-Tita Duran Tandem

In 1948, Magalona was paired with former child star Tita Duran in the movie “Dahil Sa Iyo.” After filming the project, they decided to get married. The couple had nine children; with only one followed his footsteps—Francis.

The Pancho-Tita tandem produced numerous movies under Sampaguita Pictures, making them the hottest love team in the movie scene during late 40s and early 50s.

Other Notable Portrayals

His film projects include the portrayal of the late Rudy Concepción in the biopic "Kasaysayan ni Rudy," portraying Simoun in Gerardo De Leon's movie adaptation of Jose Rizal novel "El Filibusterismo," and co-starring in Hollywood movies that were shot in the Philippines, such as "The Hook," and "Merrill's Marauders."

Apart from performing at the movies, he was also the choreographer at the 1953 movie Sa Isang Sulyap Mo Tita.


Leoncio P. Gonzaga, writer of Movie World Magazine recognized the talents of Magalona and called him Mr. Multi-Talents for having resemblances of Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Marlon Brando.

He is reportedly making at least P 120,000 a year for his daily one-hour program "Magandang Tanghali," and episodes of the weekly show "Pancho Loves Tita."

Magalona won the Best Actor in for “Hanggang sa Dulo ng Daigdig”at the 7th FAMAS Awards held 7 March 1959.

He was also nominated Best Actor for "Cry Freedom" (1960 FAMAS Awards), for "El Filibusterismo" (1963)


After suffering from emphysema for a year, Magalona died at Lung Center of the Philippines in April 1998.




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