Pag-asa (1951). Black & White with English Subtitles. Synopsis: After their father’s death, Celing (Priscilla Cellona) and her little brother Piding (Ike Jarlego, Jr.) are entrusted to the affluent Don Paco. Enduring harsh treatment from his wife Doña Esperanza (Naty Bernardo), the two flee one night and meet Victor (Armando Goyena), an amusement ride-operator in a city fair. He takes them to his home and his mother (Rosa Aguirre) in the squatter area of Manila, in Intramuros. Hearing Celing sing, Victor’s uncle (Gregorio Ticman) encourages her to enter an amateur singing contest, eventually spreading the beauty of her voice to wide acclaim. Hearing of her fame, Doña Esperanza has other plans…Produced by LVN Pictures and directed by National Artist Lamberto Avellana, “Pag-asa” is a gem of a melodrama. Starring popular actors of the era such as Armando Goyena and Priscilla Cellona in her debut as a star, the film boasts stirring performances from its cast particularly from child prodigy Ike Jarlego, Jr. in the role of Piding. A moving story from one of the most influential studios of the Second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema, “Pag-asa” evokes a bygone era – one of kinder values and simple folk, when neighbors gathered to “watch” the radio and hope was just a turn of a dial away.