ANAK DALITA (1956). Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana. Produced by Manuel De Leon. Starring Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Jose De Cordova, Vic Silayan. Guest Players: Leroy Salvador, Rosa Aguirre, Oscar Keese, Alfonso Carvajal, Johnny Reyes, Eddie Rodriguez, Arturo Moran. Introducing Vic Bacani. Cinematography by Mike Accion. “Anak Dalita”, based on the song “Kundiman,” composed by Dr. Francisco Santiago. Musical Score by Francisco Buencamino Jr. Screenplay by Rolf Bayer.
Two lost souls struggle to live and love amidst the ruins and poverty of post-war Manila. Disabled Korean war hero Vic (Tony Santos) goes home to find his mother dying in the slums of Intramuros. There he meets Tita (Rosa Rosal), the kind-hearted lady of the night who took care of his mother in her final days. Realizing that his heroism means nothing to the materialistic post-war society, Vic turns to Tita, another social outcast, for love and hope in order to survive the cruelty of poverty. But Vic’s desperation and desire to improve their condition makes him vulnerable to his friend Kardo’s (Joseph De Cordova) unlawful schemes. The Golden Harvest Award (Best Picture) winner of the 1956 Asian Film Festival, subtitled “The Ruins,” shows not only a damaged city in the aftermath of a cruel war, but also the damaged souls and lives of the people who survived it.