Friday, November 09, 2007



Juancho Gutierrez

Juancho Gutierrez – He won as Mr. Number One in a talent search conducted by Sampaguita Pictures (with Amalia Fuentes as his female counterpart) and was eventually introduced in the film Prince Charming with Amalia though the lead roles were played by Ric Rodrigo and Gloria Romero. His other films included Pakiusap, Dope Addict, Sonata and Kaming mga Talyada which featured the special appearance of Christine Jorgensen. He also appeared in the films Señorita. Hani-Haninum and Eternally.He co-starred with eventual wife Gloria Romero in Sumpaan Natin Ang Inyong Lingkod, Gloria Romero and Just Say You Love Me.

Romero and Gutierrez, both contract stars of Sampaguita Pictures, were wed on September 24, 1960, at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati. They were then at the peak of their careers.

Gloria Romero and he separated for almost 30 years, neither of them ever remarried. Their marriage was also never annulled.

It was in 2000 that the actor’s health declined drastically when he suffered a stroke that caused his paralysis from the waist down. The adversity, however, led to his reconciliation with Romero long after they had separated in the seventies. Their daughter persuaded Romero to take in her estranged husband, owing to his condition.

The movie actor Juancho Gutierrez, a matinee idol of the fifties and early sixties, died of heart failure in 2005 at the San Juan Medical Center in San Juan, Manila. He was 73 years old and survived by his wife, the veteran actress Gloria Romero, their only child Maritess Gutierrez-Balbin and grandson Christopher Balbin, who uses the screen surname Gutierrez as a teen actor on the ABS-CBN network.

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