Berting Labra

Berting Labra (April 17, 1933 – February 10, 2009), born Roberto Labra, was a Filipino child star and veteran actor equally adept in comedy and drama, in action flicks and musicals.

Berting Labra
Born
Roberto Labra

(1933-04-17)April 17, 1933
DiedFebruary 10, 2009(2009-02-10) (aged 75)
OccupationActor
Years active1945–2009
AwardsFAMAS Best Supporting Actor
1964 Lumuluhang Komiko

Personal life and careerEdit

Labra starred in Apat na Taga in 1953. He was a child star who shared screen with Fernando Poe Sr. in several films, including Palaboy ng Tadhana, Sagur, Kanto Boy, and Alimudin.

He was only six years old when he made his stage debut. He was discovered by Poe Sr. when he was looking for a child actor who could sing for the movie.

Labra also witnessed the murder of his father, Francisco Labra, former bantamweight and featherweight champion of the Orient, in the hands of Japanese soldiers. "He was tortured," Labra told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a 2005 interview.

The elder Poe became the 10-year-old's foster father.

Five years after the elder Poe's death, Labra, then a teenage, teamed up with Fernando "Da King" Poe Jr. in the 1956 box-office hit Lo' Waist Gang, a film that spawned a string of other movies and a lifelong friendship with Da King.

In 1969, Labra and fellow action star Eddie Fernandez were jailed for murder.[1] Labra spent 13 years in Muntinlupa, only to be exonerated by the Supreme Court.

On December 25, 1982, premiered The Cute... The Sexy n' The Tiny where Labra acted as one of the three leads in alongside Pia Moran and Weng Weng.[2]

Labra appeared in the 1991 action film Manong Gang with actor Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. alongside Dina Bonevie, Paquito Diaz and Max Alvarado. Labra's last film, the 2007 comedy M.O.N.A.Y ni Mr. Shooli, co-starred actor Leo Martinez.

DeathEdit

Labra died on February 10, 2009 due to emphysema. He was 75 years old. Labra's remains were buried in the Garden of Memories in Pateros.[3]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Movie Role
2007 M.O.N.A.Y. (Misteyks Obda Neyson Adres Yata) ni Mr. Shooli
2006 Umaaraw, Umuulan
2003 Pinay Pie Erning
2002 Tukaan Lolo Gorio
2002 Sugat, Walang Paghilom Tata Isyo
2002 Forevermore
2002 Sana Totoo Na
2002 Hari ng Selda-Anak ni Baby Ama 2
2002 Mahal Kita: Final Answer
2001 Bakit 'Di Totohanin
2001 Mahal Kita ... Kahit Sino Ka
2001 Mila Tiyo Dodoy
2001 Tabi Tabi Po
2000 Sagot Kita: Mula Ulo Hanggang Paa
2000 Ayos Na ... ang Kasunod Ka Benny
2000 Waray
2000 Ang Dalubhasa Pekto
1999 Bastat't Ikaw Pa
1999 Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko... Mang Cosme
1999 Bayadra Brothers
1998 Kasal-Kasalan (Sakalan)
1998 Ginto't Pilak
1998 Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang Probinsyanong Wais
1998 Squala
1998 Pagbabalik ng Probinsyano Titong
1997 Ang Probinsyano Titong
1997 Sa Iyo ang Itaas, sa Akin ang Ibaba ... ng Bahay Tiyo Paeng
1997 SIG .357 Baril Mo ang Papatay Sa Iyo
1996 Batang Z
1996 Huwag Mong Isuko ang Laban
1996 Adan Lazaro Kanor
1995 Gising Na ... Ang Higanteng Natutulog
1995 Isang Kahig..Tatlong Tuka (Daddy Ka Na, Mommy Ka Pa)
1995 Minsan Pa: Kahit Konting Pagtingin Part 2 Judge's Clerk
1994 Chickboys
1993 Manila Boy
1993 Live by the Fist (or American Samurai 2) Jojo
1993 Galvez: Hanggang sa Dulo ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita
1993 Makuha Ka sa Tingin (Kung Puwede Lang) Manong Nonong
1993 Mario Sandoval
1993 Patapon Berting
1993 Sala sa Init, Sala sa Lamig Miguel
1992 Lakay
1992 Andres Manambit
1992 Jaime Labrador: Sakristan Mayor Estong
1992 Eh, Kasi Bata
1992 Aswang Dodoy
1992 Alyas Boy Kano Bernie
1992 Bad Boy II
1992 Lumayo Ka Man sa Akin
1991 Juan Tamad at Mister Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue Gat Uto
1991 Manong Gang
1991 Mukhang Bungo
1990 Karapatan Ko ang Pumatay ... Kapitan Guti
1990 Bikining Itim
1990 Titser's Enemi No. 1
1990 Feel and Feel
1990 Double M
1990 Twist: Ako si Ikaw, Ikaw si Ako
1990 Starzan III: The Jungle Triangle
1989 Bala ... Dapat Kay Cris Cuenca, Public Enemy No.1
1989 Salisi Gang
1989 Tulak ng Bibig, Kabig ng Dibdib
1988 Gawa Na ang Bala Na Papatay sa Iyo
1988 Kumander Bawang: Kalaban ng Mga Aswang Lolo Ambo
1988 Ompong Galapong: May Ulo, Walang Tapon
1988 The Untouchable Family
1987 Puto Travolta
1987 Lost and Found Command: Rebels Without Because
1987 Victor Corpuz
1987 Vigilante II
1983 Kapag Buhay ang Inutang
1982 The Cute ... The Sexy 'n the Tiny
1982 Presidential Pardon
1970 Munting Santa
1970 Tell Nora I Love Her
1969 D' Musical Teenage Idols
1969 Bino and Clayd
1968 Blackhawk Commandos
1968 Hari ng Yabang
1968 Isang Libong Mukha
1968 Mister Gimmick
1968 PrettyBoy Playboy
1968 That Man Mr. Impossible
1965 DreamGirl
1965 Dandansoy
1965 Scarface at Al Capone: Espiya sa Ginto
1964 Lumuluhang Komiko
1963 Dakpin si Julian Adornado
1963 Alias Golden Boy
1963 Dapit-Hapon: Oras ng Pagtutuos
1963 Magandang Bituin
1963 Mga Manugang ni Drakula
1963 Sigaw ng Digmaan
1963 Hugo, the Sidewalk Vendor Hugo
1962 Ano Ba Choy
1962 Bulilit Al Capone Little Alfonso
1962 Big Time Berto Berto
1960 Rancho Grande
1960 Gabi ng Lagim (Segment 4)
1960 Lo' Waist Gang Joins the Armed Forces
1958 Lo' Waist Gang at si Og sa Mindoro
1958 Precious My Darling
1957 Lutong Bahay ni Lola Basyang
1957 Los Lacuacheros
1957 Bakasyon Grande
1957 Kamay ni Cain
1956 Lo' Waist Gang
1950 Beasts of the East
1949 The 13th Sultan
1948 Forbidden Women
1947 Ang Kapilya sa May Daang Bakal

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
1967 The Longest Hundred Miles Pedro
2001 Eto Na Ang Susunod Na Kabanata Domeng
2001-2002 Pangako Sa 'Yo Pepe
2002–2003 Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay Mario

AwardsEdit

  • 1962 FAMAS BEST ACTOR - Ano Ba Choy?
  • 1964 FAMAS SUPPORTING ACTOR - Lumuluhang Komiko

TriviaEdit

  • Fernando Poe, Jr., the King of the Philippine movies said that "Berting was the greatest Filipino actor of all time.[4]"
  • He was named Mickey Rooney and Bobby Breen of the Philippines, the Filipino version of Hollywood Child Wonders in the 1940s.[4]

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ http://hermiegarcia.com/bertinglabra.htm
  2. ^ Leavold, Andrew (2017). The Search for Weng Weng. Australia: The LedaTape Organisation. pp. 238–239. ISBN 9780994411235.
  3. ^ Godinez, Bong (11 February 2009). "Veteran actor Berting Labra succumbs to emphysema". PEP.ph. Philippine Entertainment Portal Inc. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)