Did you know that there was a Kagay-anon who appeared in popular Filipino movies in the 50’s? His name is Federico Mateo C. Del Puerto who was also known for his striking likeness of the American actor Errol Flynn who became famous in the 30’s. Fred, as his family and friends used to call him, was born on September 21, 1927 and has lived most of his life in Cagayan de Oro City and in the province of Misamis Oriental until his death on December 13, 2012 at the age of 85 years old.
His career in showbiz flourished when he starred in the movie “Kahayag” and “The Pirates Go to Town” in November 2, 1950 alongside Filipina actress Lirio del Valle and under the direction of renowned director Fermin Barva.
Fred left his life as an actor and went back to his roots in Misamis Oriental to fulfill his dreams of becoming a lawyer. Running a private life away from the limelight of show business, he became successful in other professional fields.
He became a municipal judge in Malitbog, Bukidnon for 8 years and involved in politics serving as the barangay chairman of Barangay #2 in Cagayan de Oro City for three consecutive terms. Aside from that, he served the City of Cagayan de Oro as a historian member of the Historical Commission and as an officer in the Reserve Officers of the Philippine Armed Forces with a rank of Captain. He also became a professor at the Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University.
As a rancher, he was the former President of the Federation of Cattle Raisers and Ranchers Association of Misamis Oriental and the former Chieftain of the Higaonon Cultural Minorities in which made him awarded a plaque of appreciation from the Department of Tourism.
With so many emerging personalities in the local scene in the nowadays, it is good that we take a look back at some of our fellow Kagay-anons who made it to the big screen and limelight and brought pride to our city once upon a time.