Tita Duran

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Tita Duran
Born Teresita Durango
(1929-06-14)June 14, 1929
Cebu, Philippine Islands
Died December 2, 1991(1991-12-02) (aged 62)
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1935–1958, 1983
Spouse(s) Enrique Magalona, Jr.
Children Francis Magalona

Teresita "Tita Durán" Durango-Magalona (June 14, 1929 – December 2, 1991) was a Filipina film actress who began as a child actress. She was the first ever successful child star of Philippine cinema.

Personal life[edit]

Actor Pancho Magalona was her husband. She is the mother of the late Filipino rapper Francis Magalona and grandmother to Maxene Magalona who, as a child, showed a striking resemblance.


Durán joined a movie in her early career as an eight-year-old child abandoned by her mother in 1936 family-drama of Awit ng mga Ulila (The Songs of the Orphans).

In 1938, Sampaguita Pictures spotted the child and cast her in a tear-jerker movie of Inang Mahal (Dear Mother). Her second movie for Sampaguita was Ang Magsasampaguita (The Sampaguita Vendor).

Durán made two movies under LVN Pictures: Pangarap (Dream) and Sawing Gantimpala (Lost Prize) both in 1940.

After World War II, she made a comeback in her studio Sampaguita Pictures. She joined in a war film with Carmen Rosales titled Guerilyera and typecasted in numerous musical films paired by some of Sampaguita's finest actors.

After her last movie with Sampaguita was Isang Halik Mo Pancho. She made Maria Went to Town under Deegar Cinema Inc.