|Kaming Matatapang Ang Apog|
As the stereotype of Filipino comedy, the gullible underdog who is the butt of jibes and the victim of unfortunate circumstances, Dolphy is the target of much of the audience's laughter, but earns their sympathy all the way. I laughed at many of the jokes and the film makes me surer than ever that Nora Aunor is an excellent comedienne and that Fernando has an uncanny understanding of what makes the audience laugh. The veteran comedians composed of Pugo, Chichay, Babalu and Teroy de Guzman have had so many occasions to work together that they know each other's acting technique quite well. This familiarity is essential for comedy to achieve perfect timing and the appearance of spontaneity. Fortunately, in Kaming Matatapang Ang Apog, Ading Fernando is not content to whip up a mere frothy dish of humor. He unobtrusively injects a fair amount of social commentary to lend substance to the film. He zeroes in on some idealized Filipino practices. In Urbano's (Dolphy) quest to win Poinciana's (Aunor) love, he resorts to the hallowed practice of panunuyo and pamanhikan. These traditions are often romanticized in films, but Fernando chooses to focus on the greed and exploitation that are often attached to these traditions. The rendition is still designed to evoke laughter, but the potshots hit the marks savagely. In numerous films, Dolphy has demonstrated a solid grasp of the way of life of his legions. Often, his comic insights carry him close to the borderline of tragedy, where all true comic art belongs. But in Kaming Matatapang Ang Apog, Dolphy comes to us with no new insight, with only his talent as a comic. The talent is undeniably a great one. As a comedian, Dolphy has managed to escape the trap of sentimentality, an abyss which has claimed even the redoubtable Jack Lemmon. After all there are far too many imitations of Dolphy for Dolphy to turn himself into one.
Screenplay And Direction: Ading Fernando
Director Of Photography: Manuel Bulotano
Music: Dominic Salustiano
Film Editor: Efren Jarlego
Produced By: RVQ Productions
Release Date: September 17, 1976