In 2014, Heneral Luna screened in select theaters across the Philippines. A few days after, in a grossly fewer number of theaters. Then, a spark. Enough people took to the internet, impassionately insisting on keeping the film’s place in theaters so that a lot more people can watch it. Which happened—a revolution sparked by a film chronicling a revolution.
Three years later, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, the second film in Jerrold Tarog’s planned trilogy of historical dramas, is finally moving further into development. Just this week, a photo of the confirmed cast has been posted on the film’s Facebook page.
Aaron Villaflor, who plays young Joven in the films, is reprising his role alongside Paulo Avelino, Mon Confiado, Epy Quizon, Alvin Anson, Benjamin Alves, Ronnie Lazaro, and Nonie Buencamino. The film will also star Empress Schuck, Bret Jackson, Jason Dewey, and more.
Goyo will depict the struggles of young general Gregorio Del Pilar after the tragic death of Antonio Luna. Although probably not a majorly crucial arc, a stellar 20-minute short film titled “Angelito” has been released as a double feature release earlier this year with JP Habac’s I’m Drunk, I Love You, that bridges the events between Goyo and Heneral Luna.
Jerrold Tarog will write and direct the film, which is eyeing a 2018 release.