Wednesday, February 11, 2009


ETANG DISCHER- mother of Panchito Alba


Etang Discher (born 1908, date of death unknown) (also known as Nena Discher) was a prominent Filipina character film actress frequently cast in villainous roles. Her stern, gaunt Castilian face loomed in many post-war Filipino films, especially soap opera-type dramas. She was the woman Filipino movie audiences loved to hate, often playing a villainous aunt, mother-in-law or even a witch. While her roles were hardly predisposed to have made her a star, she nonetheless was one of the more famous (or infamous) and durable stars of Filipino films. Many of her films were produced by Sampaguita Pictures, the studio under which she was under contract for a significant part of her career.

Discher was born to a German father and a Filipina mother.[citation needed] She began her career in showbusiness as a chorus girl in the bodabil stage shows of Katy de la Cruz. Her son, Panchito, became a famous film comedian in his own right, usually cast as the comedic foil to Dolphy.


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