Kabaritan was once a barrio of Puncan then later of Lupao until it was established as a separate and independent town in 1894 and renamed
in honor of its patron saint. The Augustinians first evangelized in the area then the Franciscans and much later the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. San Jose
Lino attended the University of the
, joined the Dramatic Club, and failed miserably as an actor. He became a Mormon missionary in Philippines , attended the Mormon Church College in another unsuccessful attempt to get a college degree, and became an OFW in Hawaii . He came back to the San Francisco and joined the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) who will later give him his big break as a film director. But before that era of greatness, he went home to Philippines to take care of their family’s small poultry business. San Jose
One of Lino’s critically acclaimed films, “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang”, was based on his observations on the social and political life of a small town called
where the film was also shot on location. Many years later, another talented artist from San Jose whose ancestors were some of the characters portrayed in the film would produce a one-day-only rerun before the tragic closure of San Jose ’s once booming sinehan industry. His name is Wilfredo Pascual, Jr. San Jose
Lino’s other acclaimed films are "Maynila: Sa Kuko ng Liwanag" which is said to be the best Filipino film ever made, "Insiang" which is said to be his best, the Palm d’Or nominated "Janguar" and "Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim", "Macho Dancer", "Orapronobis", and "Gumapang Ka sa Lusak".
Lino co-founded CINEMANILA who produced his epic “Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang”, was a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, organized the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), and was posthumously declared as a National Artist for Film after his fatal car accident in 1991.
, Tarlac Church of Victoria
PHOTOS (top to bottom): (1) Lino Brocka as a young film director, (2) the newly built
’s first church was built in 1872 and totally destroyed in 1898. Fr. Pedro Gallende (OSA) in his “Angels in Stone” stated that the façade walls are still standing but there is no sign of it in the present church. Victoria