Huk sa Bagong Pamumuhay was the third film of its kind that LVN Pictures produced to aid the government's propaganda effort against the spread of communism in the country. The first was “Kontrabando,” produced in 1950 and directed by Gregorio Fernandez, the second was “Korea,” made in 1952 which dealt with Filipino soldiers sent to Korea as part of the first ever 'coalition of the willing' - to help fight what was basically America's war. The film was written by a young reporter named Benigno Aquino Jr, and directed by Lamberto V. Avellana. Sadly, the film elements of “Korea” are lost. Only photographs remain.. In 1953, with extensive help from the CIA, soon-to-become President Ramon Magsaysay and the USIS (United States Information Service) launched a nationwide campaign to convince the rebels to lay down their arms and promised those who surrendered not only financial assistance but their own parcel of land, specifically in Kapatagan, Lanao, through the EDCOR (Economic Development Corps) program. This government effort was prominently shown in “Huk sa Bagong Pamumuhay.” But the film itself, as directed by Lamberto V. Avellana, transcended propaganda. In fact, it remains a powerful drama with unforgettable performances by most of the film's actors - specifically, Jose (Pempe) Padilla Jr, who plays Carding, the anti-Japanese guerrilla turned Huk when his family's land is taken over by the greedy landlord; Joseph de Cordova as Maxie, the communist recruiter who assures Carding that only a communist can be a true Filipino; Carding's wife Trining (Celia Flor), and finally Leroy Salvador, who plays Jesus, Carding's brother-in-law who shoots Carding in the arm, foiling his attempt to escape the military. In the newly formed FAMAS awards for the best of 1953, Jose Padilla Jr. was chosen Best Actor, Leroy Salvador, Best Supporting Actor, and Lamberto V. Avellana, Best Director. The original film elements of the film are gone. These clips are from the only extant version of the film (DVD), “re-recorded” with an English commentary by Lamberto Avellana.