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Eddie Romero
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Edgar Sinco Romero

(1924-07-07)July 7, 1924
Dumaguete, Philippine Islands
Died May 28, 2013(2013-05-28) (aged 88)
Manila, Philippines
Alma mater Silliman University
Years active 1947–2013
Awards National Artist of the Philippines.svg Order of National Artists of the Philippines

Edgar Sinco Romero, NA (July 7, 1924 – May 28, 2013), commonly known as Eddie Romero, was a Filipino film director, film producer and screenwriter.

Early life

Romero was born on July 7, 1924. His father was José E. Romero, the first Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's. His mother was Pilar Guzman Sinco, a schoolteacher and the sister of University of the Philippines President Vicente G. Sinco who signed the United Nations Charter in 1945 on behalf of the Philippines. His brother was Jose V. Romero Jr., former Philippine Ambassador to Italy. He studied at Silliman University.

Romero's paternal grandparents were Francisco Romero Sr., mayor of Tanjay, Negros Oriental from 1909 to 1916 and later a member of the Provincial Board of Negros Oriental, and Josefa Calumpang Muñoz, daughter of Tanjay gobernadorcillo Don José Teves Muñoz and Doña Aleja Ines Calumpang, a great-granddaughter of Don Fernando Velaz de Medrano Bracamonte y Dávila (es), Marquis of Tabuérniga de Velazar (es), 15th Marquis of Cañete (GE) (es), 6th Marquis of Fuente el Sol (es), 8th Marquis of Navamorcuende (es), 15th Lord of Montalbo, and Knight of the Order of St. John.


Romero was named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, and his body of work delved into the history and politics of his country. His 1976 film Ganito Kami Noon…Paano Kayo Ngayon?, set at the turn of the 20th century during the revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community. Aguila situated a family's story against the backdrop of Filipino history, while Kamakalawa explored the folklore of prehistoric Philippines. Banta ng Kahapon, his "small" political film, was set against the turmoil of the late 1960s, tracing the connection of the underworld to the corrupt halls of politics. His 13-part series Noli Me Tangere brought Philippine national hero José Rizal's novel to a new generation of viewers.

Romero co-produced one of the earliest Filipino horror films, the 1959 Terror Is a Man, which was directed by his friend and fellow director Gerardo de Leon, with whom he would later co-direct other films. Romero directed some critically acclaimed war films in the early 1960s, such as Lost Battalion (1960), The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) and The Walls of Hell (1964). Along with Filipino-language (Tagalog language) films, he made English-language films that became cult classics, like Black Mama, White Mama, Beast of the Yellow Night, The Woman Hunt, Beyond Atlantis and The Twilight People and worked with American actors like John Ashley and Pam Grier.

Romero's films, the National Artist citation stated, "are delivered in an utterly simple style – minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable." Quentin Tarantino drew on Twilight People as an inspiration for his "grindhouse" homages.

Romero is especially known to horror film fans for his three "Blood Island" films from the late 1960s - Brides of Blood (1968), The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) and Beast of Blood (1970), which he directed, co-produced by "Hemisphere Pictures" (which was composed of Romero, Kane W. Lynn and Irwin Pizor). Romero later called his American-financed "cult" films – including the "Blood Island" series – "the worst things I ever did". When the kung fu craze started in the 1970s, Romero turned his back on the international market for Filipino films which he had virtually created. After 1976, he made smaller, more personal "art" films in Filipino.

Personal life

Romero was married to Carolina Gonzalez (1922-2019). She was a great-granddaughter of Don Francisco Gonzalez y Reinado, owner of the legendary 39,000-hectare Hacienda Esperanza that included the municipalities of Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Rosales and San Quintin, extending through the rest of Pangasinan and the provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. She was the first cousin of Francis Gonzalez Moran, father of 1973 Miss Universe Margarita Moran-Floirendo. Romero was also, for a time, the partner of actress Mila del Sol.

He had three children, including film director and former board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Jose "Joey" Gonzalez Romero IV.


Romero died on May 28, 2013. He had been suffering from prostate cancer when he developed a blood clot in his brain


  • Ang Maestra (1941) (writer)
  • Anong ganda mo (1941) (writer)
  • So long America (1946) (writer)
  • Isumpa mo giliw (1947) (writer)
  • Mameng, iniibig kita (1947) (writer, assistant director)
  • Si, si, señorito (1947) (writer)
  • La Paloma (1947) (writer)
  • Ang Kamay ng Diyos (1947) (director, writer)
  • Kaaway ng bayan (1947) (writer)
  • Hele hele bago quiere (1947) (writer)
  • Hindi kita malimot (1948) (director)
  • Selosa (1948) (director, writer)
  • Apoy sa langit (1949) (director)
  • Abogada (1949) (director)
  • Always kay ganda mo (1949) (director)
  • Sa piling mo (1949) (director)
  • Sipag ay yaman (1949) (writer)
  • Milagro ng birhen ng mga rosas (1949) (writer)
  • Camelia (1949) (writer)
  • Batalyon trece (1949) (writer)
  • Kasintahan sa pangarap (1951) (director)
  • Sabas, ang barbaro/ Sabas the Barbarian (1952) (director) based on a comic book character
  • Buhay alamang (1952) (director, writer)
  • Ang asawa kong Amerikana (1953) (director)
  • Ang ating pag-ibig (1953) (director)
  • El Indio (1953) (director)
  • Maldita (1953) (director)
  • May bakas ang lumipas (1954) (director)
  • The Day of the Trumpet (1957) (director, writer)
  • The Kidnappers (1958) (director)
  • The Scavengers (1959) (co-producer, writer)
  • Terror Is a Man (1959) (co-producer)
  • Espionage: Far East (1961) (director)
  • Lost Battalion (1960) (producer, director, writer)
  • Pitong gabi sa Paris/ Seven Nights in Paris (1960) (director)
  • The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) (producer, director)
  • Cavalry Command (1963) a.k.a. The Day of the Trumpet (director, writer)
  • The Walls of Hell (1964) a.k.a. Intramuros (producer, director)
  • Moro Witch Doctor (1964) aka Amuck (producer, director, writer)
  • Flight to Fury (1964) (producer, director of alternate Tagalog version only, titled Cordillera)
  • The Ravagers (1965) a.k.a. Hanggang may kalaban (producer, director, writer)
  • The Passionate Strangers (1968)(director, writer)
  • Manila, Open City (1968) (producer, director, writer)
  • Brides of Blood (1968) (producer, director)
  • The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) (producer, director)
  • Beast of Blood (1970) a.k.a. Beast of the Dead (US: TV title), a.k.a. Blood Devils (UK)(producer, director, writer)
  • Beast of the Yellow Night (1971) (producer, director, writer)
  • Black Mama, White Mama (1972) (producer, director)
  • The Twilight People (1972) a.k.a. Beasts, a.k.a. Island of the Twilight People (producer, director, writer)
  • The Woman Hunt (1973) (producer, director)
  • Beyond Atlantis (1973) (producer, director)
  • Savage Sisters (1974) (producer, director)
  • Ganito kami noon, paano kayo ngayon (1976) (director, screenplay)
  • Sudden Death (1977) (director)
  • Sinong kapiling? Sinong kasiping? (1977) (director, writer)
  • Banta ng kahapon (1977) (director, writer)
  • Durugin si Totoy Bato (1979) (screenplay)
  • Aguila (1980) (director, screenplay, producer)
  • Palaban (1980) (director)
  • Kamakalawa (1981) (director, writer)
  • Desire (1982) (director)
  • Ang Padrino (1984) (screenplay)
  • Hari sa hari, lahi sa lahi (1987) a.k.a. King and Emperor (International: English title) (director, writer)
  • A Case of Honor (1988) (director)
  • Whiteforce (1988) (director)
  • Noli Me Tangere (1993) (director)
  • Faces of Love (2006) (director)
  • Teach Me to Love (2008) (director)

Awards and nominations

In 2003, Romero was awarded the National Artist Award by the Philippine government for his contribution to Philippine cinema and broadcast arts. Earlier in 1991, he was awarded the Gawad CCP para sa Sining. In 2004, he was also awarded the Cinemanila Lifetime Achievement Award.

Year Group Category Work Result
1951 Maria Clara Awards Best Director Ang Prinsesa at ang Pulubi Won
1952 Maria Clara Awards Best Screenplay Diego Silang Won
1953 FAMAS Awards Best Screenplay (with Cesar Amigo) Buhay Alamang Won
1964 FAMAS Awards Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Cavalry Command Won
1967 FAMAS Awards Best Director The Passionate Strangers Won
Best Screenplay Won
1968 Manila Film Festival Best Director Manila, Open City Won
1971 FAMAS Awards Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Won
1976 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay (with Roy Iglesias) Won
1977 FAMAS Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards Best Film (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula) Won
Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon) Won
Best Screenplay (Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula) (with Roy Iglesias) Won
1978 Gawad Urian Awards Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon) Banta ng Kahapon Nominated
Best Film (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula) Nominated
Best Screenplay (Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula) Sinong kapiling? Sinong kasiping? Nominated
1980 FAMAS Awards Best Screenplay (with Fred Navarro) Durugin si Totoy Bato Won
1981 FAMAS Awards Best Picture (with Bancom Audiovision) Aguila Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Won
Gawad Urian Awards Best Film of the Decade (Natatanging Pelikula ng Dekada) Won
Best Film (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula) Nominated
Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon) Nominated
Best Screenplay (Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula) Nominated
1985 FAMAS Awards Best Screenplay (with Ronwaldo Reyes and Fred Navarro) Ang Padrino Won
1986 FAMAS Awards FAMAS Awards Hall of Fame for screenplay Won
1987 FAMAS Awards Dr. Ciriaco Santiago Memorial Award Won
1993 FAMAS Awards FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award Won
1995 Gawad Urian Awards Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award (Natatanging Gawad Urian) Won
1996 FAMAS Awards Best Screenplay Kahit Butas ng Karayom Papasukin Ko Won
2000 FAMAS Awards FAMAS Presidential Award Won
FAP Awards FAP Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2008 FAMAS Awards Best Story Faces of Love Nominated
Luna Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Screenplay (with Rica Arevalo) Nominated

See also

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  • Cinema of the Philippines
  • Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Award
  • List of Silliman University people
  • List of University of the Philippines people
  • National Artists of the Philippines
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