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Bayani Casimiro
Born (1918-07-16)July 16, 1918
San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands
Died January 27, 1989(1989-01-27) (aged 70)
Manila, Philippines
Resting place Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque, Philippines[1]
Occupation Filipino dancer and comedian
Years active 1936 - 1989
Spouse(s) Nieves Manuel
Children Bayani Casimiro, Jr.

Bayani Casimiro, Sr. (July 16, 1918 – January 27, 1989)[2] was a Filipino dancer who was among the leading stars of bodabil (vaudeville) in the 1930s and 1940s.[3] He also appeared in musical films and later in life, in comedic roles. A tap dancer, he was frequently dubbed as the "Fred Astaire of the Philippines".[4][5]

Early years[edit]

Casimiro was born in Laguna. His parents were stage comedians, and at the age of 7, he would appear on stage, often dressed as a clown.[2] By 1936, he would join a performing troupe in Hawaii headlined by Atang de la Rama.[2]

Bodabil star[edit]

By the late 1930s, Casimiro began headlining major bodabil productions in Manila. He made a name for himself as a tap dancer, often in top hat and tails, and was soon nicknamed as "The Fred Astaire of the Philippines". Casimiro also first appeared in film in 1938, when he was cast in Bayan at Pag-ibig, a production of Excelsior Pictures.

Upon the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941, local film production was halted, allowing bodabil to thrive as the main source of public entertainment. Along with such actors as Rogelio de la Rosa, Norma Blancaflor and the comic team of Tugo and Pugo, Casimiro would perform at the Life Theater in Manila for the duration of the war. He would form his own comic tandem with Jose Cris Soto, and the pair would be promoted as the "Laurel and Hardy of the Philippines".[2] Casimiro would also be paired with Dolphy, then appearing under the stage name "Golay", to form a comic dance team.[6]

Film and television career[edit]

After the war, Casimiro restarted his film career, appearing in several popular musicals for the next two decades. His frequent onscreen dancing partner was the choreographer Nieves Manuel, whom he would marry.[2] As in his stage performances, he would often appear in films in top hat and tails. Among his more notable musical roles were in Isang Sulyap mo Tita (1953), Tres Muskiteras (1954), and Botika sa Baryo (1960).

As he aged, Casimiro became known to a younger generation primarily as a character actor in film comedies. Often cast as a grandfather, a town sage, or even as a corpse in the Chiquito vehicle Estong Tutong (1983), his thin frame and befuddled look lent to easy ridicule. A notable exception to this trend was his role in Celso Ad. Castillo's Burlesk Queen (1977), where he again donned top hat and tails as he performed onstage with Vilma Santos.

His most prominent role in later years was as the father of Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto) in the popular sitcom Okey Ka Fairy Ko!. Casimiro died less than two years into the run of Okey Ka Fairy Ko. His son, Bayani Casimiro, Jr., soon joined the cast as Prinsipe ng Kahilingan. In obvious tribute to his father, Casimiro Jr.'s character would perform a brief tap dance upon his every entrance and exit.

Casimiro's widow, Nieves Manuel, would later marry Chiquito Pangan's brother, Rene Pangan. She died in 2006.


Movies released in the Philippines December 1980[edit]

December 4

  • Iskul Bukol Freshmen

December 5

  • Ang Pagbabalik ni Leon Guerrero
  • Kaladkarin

December 12

  • Boy Negro
  • Estibador
  • Nognog
  • Playmates
  • Tong

December 18

  • Diyablo - sagrado

December 19

  • Iniibig ko'y ... nakatali
  • Mga patapon
  • Sexy Dancers

December 25

  • Ang Panday
  • Basag
  • Bona
  • Brutal
  • Dang-Dong
  • Kape't Gatas
  • Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo
  • Langis at Tubig
  • Taga sa Panahon
  • Tembong

Movies released in the Philippines 1981[edit]

January 4

  • Familia Antik

January 9

  • Bantay Salakay
  • Ben Ulo ng Tondo
  • Rampador Alindog

January 15

  • Brusko
  • Kamakalawa

January 16

  • Bihagin: Bilibid Boys

January 22

  • Boy Nazareno

January 23

  • Mga Pambato
  • Nakakabaliw, Nakakaaliw

January 30

  • Burgis
  • Playgirl

February 5

  • Deadly Brothers

February 6

  • Kaliwete Brothers
  • Kamay ni Gilda
  • Tikboy and Pamboy

February 12

  • Stariray

February 13

  • Blue Jeans
  • Iskrokotoy

February 19

  • Kamaong Asero

February 20

  • High School Scandal
  • Uhaw na Dagat

February 26

  • Ang Babaing Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang

February 27

  • Age Doesn't Matter
  • Bakit Bughaw Ang Langit?
  • Bangkusay Tondo 1950
  • Kamandag ng Rehas na Bakal

March 5

  • Sierra Madre

March 6

  • Mga Basang Sisiw
  • Takbo... Peter... Takbo!
  • Wild

March 13

  • Attack and Destroy
  • Kalabang Mortal
  • Selda 13

March 20

  • Hostage 72 oras
  • Kontrobersyal
  • Macho Gigolo
  • Totoy Guwapo: Police Informer

March 27

  • Milyonaryong Gipit
  • Totoo Ba Ang Tsimis?

April 2

  • Asal Hayop

April 3

  • A Man Called 'Tolongges'
  • Palpak Connection
  • Showbiz Scandal

April 9

  • Basagulero Ang Lover Ko

April 10

  • Atraso
  • Hantingan

April 18

  • Alfredo Sebastian
  • Boogie
  • Cuatro Y Media

April 23

  • Ex-Wife
  • Laya

April 24

  • Kumander Surot
  • Shoot The Killer

May 1

  • Mang Kepweng Part 2
  • Rosang Tatak

May 7

  • Cover Girls

May 8

  • Ako Ang Hari
  • Oh, My Mama

May 14

  • Mahinhin vs. Mahinhin

May 15

  • Geronimo
  • Solid Alas

May 21

  • Ibalik Ang Swerti

May 22

  • Dakpin Si Pusa
  • Wanted Sabas Ang Kilabot

May 29

  • Agent 00
  • Kumander Alibasbas
  • Pakawalan Mo Ako

June 4

  • Flor De Liza

June 5

  • Bata Pa Si Sabel
  • Diego Bandido

June 12

  • The Best in the West

June 18

  • Hari ng Stunt

June 19

  • Death Row
  • I Confess
  • Pick-up Girls

June 25

  • Pepeng Shotgun

June 26

  • Tenyente Pugot

July 2

  • Legs Katawan Babae

July 3

  • Ang Taong Bundok
  • Bulldog
  • Ten Little Indians

July 9

  • Carnival Queen
  • Nagbabagang Lupa, Nagbabagang Araw
  • Kapwa Simaron

July 10

  • Adiong Bulutong
  • Viva Santiago

July 16

  • Cuadro De Alas
  • Estong Balisong

July 17

  • Pabling

July 23

  • Cleopatra Wong
  • Dirty Games
  • Landong Bakal

July 24

  • Dear Heart
  • Hepe Goes To War
  • Mr. One-Two-Three Part 2

July 30

  • Lukso ng Dugo

July 31

  • Bilibid Gays
  • Totoy Scarface

August 6

  • Boni & Klayd
  • Magkasangga

August 7

  • Ang Pagbabalik ni Kumander Lawin
  • Salome

August 13

  • Dugong Mandirigma

August 14

  • Bakit Ba Ganyan
  • Qunitin Bilibid

August 21

  • Bawal
  • San Basilio

August 27

  • Ben Gatilyo

August 28

  • Ang Maestro
  • Hello, Young Lovers

September 4

  • Dalaga si Misis, Binata si Mister
  • Deadly Commandos
  • Hot Nights

September 10

  • Kahit Ako'y Lupa

September 11

  • Boljak
  • Panlaban: Dos Por Dos
  • Tondo Girl

September 18

  • Rosa ng Candaba

September 24

  • Harabas Is Still My Name

September 25

  • For Y'ur Height Only
  • Summer Love

October 2

  • Gaano Kita Kamahal

October 8

  • Sambahin Ang Ngalan Mo

October 9

  • Dos Bravos
  • Free To Love
  • Iligpit: Pepe Magtanggol

October 15

  • Abigael

October 16

  • K-9 Hunts Takas

October 22

  • Labanang Lalaki

October 23

  • Kasalanan Ba?
  • The Raul Zaragosa Story

October 30

  • Hiwalay
  • The Betamax Story

November 5

  • Kumusta Ka Hudas
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Sinisinta Kita, Di Ka Kumikibo

November 6

  • Mag-Toning Muna Tayo

November 12

  • Amborocio Defontorum

November 13

  • Bandido Sa Sapang Bato

November 19

  • Nuebe De Pebrero: Moriones Tondo

November 20

  • Bertong Barako
  • Kambal Sa Baril
  • Kaming Ifugao

November 27

  • Caught In The Act
  • Titser's Pet

December 4

  • Ikaw o Ako
  • Matira Ang Matibay
  • Sisang Tabak

December 11

  • Batikan
  • Iskul Bukol Part 2
  • Patok
  • Tatlong Baraha

December 18

  • Ang Pagbabalik ni Emma Henry
  • Ermitanyo
  • Tartan

December 25

  • Ang Babae Sa Ulog
  • Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday
  • Indio
  • Init o Lamig
  • Karma
  • Kamlon
  • Kapitan Kidlat
  • Kisapmata
  • Rock n' Roll
  • Tropang Bulilit


  1. ^ "Our Heritage and the Departed: A Cemeteries Tour". Presidential Museum & Library (Philippines). Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Marge Enriquez (1994). "Philippine Dance". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art V (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 201. ISBN 971-8546-28-6. 
  3. ^ Nicanor Tiongson (1994). "Philippine Theater". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art VII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 54. ISBN 971-8546-30-8. 
  4. ^ Fernandez, Doreen (2004-12-16). "Philippine Theater in English". NCCA. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. ^ Villaruz, Basilio Esteban (2004-12-16). "Philippine Dance in the American Period". NCCA. Retrieved 2008-01-19. [dead link]
  6. ^ Lena Pareja (1994). "Philippine Film". In Nicanor Tiongson. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art VIII (1st ed.). Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines. p. 240. ISBN 971-8546-31-6. 

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Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:51:49 -0700

Yes, this is also a remembering of those who did survive, the ones we have come to know as Bayani Casimiro and Bentot, Chichay and Sylvia La Torre. They are mentioned in “Stageshow” as many other names are, and we are reminded of the kind of ...

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Sat, 13 Oct 2012 01:53:55 -0700

Before television took over entertainment, Filipinos still went to live shows in droves. In the 1950s, it was the the short-lived "stageshow." This month, Tanghalang Pilipino will transport its audience to this pre-electronic realm and honor its icons ...


Sat, 30 Nov 2013 06:37:49 -0800

They lack curriculum on history, about Heroes. Me too, is confused about Bonifacio....when I heard Bonifacio, it means traffic in Monumento. We need refreshing course about Bonifacio and other forgotten heroes. Even Bayani Casimiro is forgotten....the ...

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Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:17:48 -0700

“He worked as a performer in a dance club, along with another comedian, Bayani Casimiro, in the 1950s. Hong Kong was quite poor then. The peso was more valuable than the HK dollar.” Pangilinan, who is also the chair of MMC, is pulling out all the stops ...


Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:28:44 -0800

One of my most memorable moments as a film director was when I brought her and the similarly iconic Bayani Casimiro out of retirement to play pivotal roles in a Nora Aunor musical starrer. So, when the newly formed Music Theater Philippines asked me ...

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