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“Togo’s Funeral” on YouTube

December 2, 2009
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Watch, just watch, this fantastic piece of archival material:A clip from a documentary on the funeral of Filipino comedian Togo. It is a heartbreaking document both of a Manila and of a film culture that has long disappeared from the face of the earth. Togo was one half of the duo Pugo and Togo, kind of like the Laurel and Hardy of Philippine cinema.

I wonder, where youtube character “SIMON7153” got this gem from (Simon, geddit, is the pseudonym of Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, the main character in the novel El Filibusterismo by Philippine national hero Jose Rizal…)

They never showed that to me, when I hung around at the archive of LVN, the movie studio, where Togo was a contract player.

via YouTube – TOGO’S FUNERAL (1952).

Here is Togo in action:

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