Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon

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Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? (This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now?) is a 1976 Filipino romantic musical drama film set in the era of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. It was directed by Eddie Romero, written by Eddie Romero and Roy C. Iglesias, and starred Christopher De Leon and Gloria Diaz. The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

In 2013, ABS-CBN Film Archives, in partnership with Central Digital Lab, digitally restored and remastered the film and was subsequently released in select theaters for a limited period of time. The digitally restored version was also released on DVD and iTunes.[2]

The film is the first entry in Eddie Romero's epic historical trilogy, the other two being "Aguila" and "Kamakalawa", respectively.[3]


Nicolas "Kulas" Ocampo (Christopher de Leon), a young indio, lost his house to fire due to its abandonment. He was forced to leave the countryside in search of temporary refuge and then, he finds a priest named Padre Gil Corcuera (E.A. Rocha) who is hiding from a gang of bandits. They get to know each other, but Kulas ends up being whipped by the friars when Padre Corcuera told them that he was abducted by Kulas. Eventually, Padre Gil forgave him and he asked Kulas to take care of his illegitimate child Bindoy (Dranreb Belleza) in Manila. On their way to the city, Kulas and Bindoy meet a group of traveling actors' troupe. Kulas falls in love with its group leader Matilde "Diding" Diaz (Gloria Diaz). But he was not given the opportunity to express his love as well as he should have been in the city for the boy and had to act as the group moved forward.

With the boy in tow, Kulas arrived in Manila by boat. He was guided by Lim (Tsing Tong Tsai), a Hokkien Chinese trader he encountered on the way, he was in the city. Kulas went astray after he transporting the boy to the destination until he meets Diding again, and later, he met a Spanish mestizo, Don Tibor (Eddie Garcia) who would teach him the good ways.

Another misfortune happened to Kulas when the Spanish soldiers mistakenly thought he was a robber. He was jailed but escaped with the help of a fellow prisoner, Onofre 'Kidlat' Biltao (Johnny Vicar), who was a swarm, before being sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Manila is in the midst of turmoil because of the arrival of Americans. The Spanish government collapsed, and Kulas decided to see Diding for the last time. After a brief encounter with her, Kulas left, sharing his future and his identity as a Filipino.


  • Christopher de Leon as Nicolas "Kulas" Ocampo
  • Gloria Diaz as Matilde 'Diding' Diaz Patron
  • Eddie Garcia as Don Tibor
  • Dranreb Belleza as Bindoy
  • Leopoldo Salcedo as Fortunato 'Atong' Capili
  • Rosemarie Gil as Concordia
  • Johnny Vicar as Onofre 'Kidlat' Biltao
  • Tsing Tong Tsai as Lim
  • E.A. Rocha as Padre Gil Corcuera
  • Jaime Fabregas as Komandante
  • George Albert Romero
  • Peque Gallaga as Spanish Officer
  • Odette Khan as Don Tibor's wife
  • Laida Lim-Perez as Lim's wife
  • Teresita Non as Leonor
  • Joey Romero as Soldier

Production Crew

Initial release

This movie was chosen as the "Best Picture of the Year" by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. It gained recognition in the Philippines and several festivals in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Hawaii, and was cited as one of the top ten films in the 1970s. It was also a much anticipated comeback picture for Eddie Romero.

Digital restoration

The film was restored in 2013 by the ABS-CBN Film Archives and Central Digital Lab.[2] It took 2,479 manual hours to restore the film and 80 hours for color grading. During its restoration, the film print has noticeable impairments such as heavy splices, scratches, and breathing. Joey Romero, son of Eddie Romero and cameo actor for the film, helped for the color grading process and personally involved for its restoration and technical run. The only extant 35mm copy of the film was found in the collection of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the ABS-CBN Film Restoration borrowed and used it for restoration. The original mono audio was lifted from the Betacam copy and restored and upgraded to stereo by ABS-CBN Audio Post.

Television broadcast

The digitally restored and remastered high-definition version of the film received a free-to-air television premiere on ABS-CBN on June 4, 2017 as a feature presentation for the network's Sunday late-night special presentation block Sunday's Best for coinciding the 119th anniversary of Philippine independence from Spain. The showing received a nationwide household rating of 2.8%, winning against GMA Network's broadcast of Diyos at Bayan, which attained a 0.9% rating.[4]

On September 2, 2018, ABS-CBN aired the film for the second time as part of the 42nd anniversary celebration of the film's release. The second broadcast of the film received a nationwide household rating of 2.0%, winning against GMA's broadcast of the episode of Diyos at Bayan, "SOGIE, Kailangan Pa Ba?" that attained a 0.6% rating.[5]

On June 30, 2019, ABS-CBN re-aired the film for the third time as a tribute to Eddie Garcia, who was died on June 20 from a coma after an accident where he tripped on a cable wire during a shooting for GMA Network's now-cancelled drama Rosang Agimat. The film received a nationwide household rating of 1.6%, losing against to GMA Network's showing of the 2003 Chinese action adventure film, Warriors of Heaven and Earth that attained a rating of 3.2%.[6]


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1976 Metro Manila Film Festival [7] Best Film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Won
Best Director Eddie Romero Won
Best Actor Christopher de Leon Won
Best Screenplay Eddie Romero & Roy C. Iglesias Won
Best Music Lutgardo Labad Won
Best Art Direction Laida Lim-Perez & Peque Gallaga Won

See also




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