Edgar Sinco Romero
Carolina Gonzalez (m. ?–2013)
Joey Romero, Leo Romero, Ancel Romero
Jose E. Romero, Pilar Sinco
Ganito Kami Noon - Pa, Black Mama White Ma, Beast of the Dead, The Mad Doctor of Blood Isla, Brides of Blood
May 28, 2013 (aged 88) Manila, Philippines
Order of National Artists of the Philippines
John Ashley (actor), Gerardo de León, Vic Diaz
EDDIE ROMERO FILMS
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 naïve peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community. Agila 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.
Along with Filipino-language films, he made English-language films that became cult classics, like Black Mama, White Mama 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 was born on July 7, 1924 to Jose E. Romero and his first wife, Pilar Guzman Sinco. Married to Carolina Gonzales, Romero was also for a time the partner of actress Mila del Sol. He died on May 28, 2013. He was survived by three children, including film director and MTRCB board member Joey Romero. Eddie Romero was an alumnus of Silliman University.