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Film Academy of the Philippines - Official Website
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MANUEL SILOS, director
Manuel Silos' career spanned decades. As an actor, he was known as Sano, the comedian with the moving and rolling eyes.In 1927, he wrote and directed The Three Tramps , a short silent comedy wherein he played the part of the tramp.
In The Three Tramps , he worked with his three brothers-Cesar as cameraman, Octavio as labman, and Augusto as a co-actor. When Banahaw Pictures was formed in 1930, Silos became its first director. One of the pictures he directed for the movie company (which was the last to produce silent pictures) was Mystery of the Convent , starring Naty Fernandez and Eduardo de Castro.
He directed Mag-inang Mahirap , his first talking picture, for Filippine Films when it was organized in 1934.He also worked for Sampaguita Pictures until the war. Since Liberation, he was with LVN Pictures where he came up with his version of the zoom lens which he called Synchro lens, the first to be used in local filmmaking.
He was doing Victory Joe for LVN in 1946 and he saw the effect of cameraman Mike Accion's technique of taking a close-up shot and following it with a focus on the background. The picture seemed to jump so he decided to smooth it out with his Synchro lens.
An inventor at heart, Silos conceived the Siloscope, a lens that held four frames together in one screen. In 1955, he directed Biyaya ng Lupa which is considered one of Asia's classic films of the period.


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Directed by Manuel Silos, "Biyaya ng Lupa (Blessings of the Land)" in 1959 is one of the most remembered and important films in the history of Philippine cinema.
Although director Manuel Silos was best known for romantic-comedies, he is undoubtedly best remembered for this film.In 1979, he was given the Natatanging Gawad Urian award and was honored by the Film Academy of the Philippines with the Lifetime Achievement award in 1985.National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) assisted in the restoration of this film.