Current Kapisanan Ng Mga Direktor Ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP) president William Mayo disclosed he is set to shoot a biopic on the heroic life of General Macario Sakay, who fought in the resistance against the Spanish and American regimes in the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Hailed as “President of the Republic of Katagalugan,” Sakay continued the revolution against the Americans even after the surrender of President Emilio Aguinaldo, and was ultimately charged with sedition and death by hanging.
Before his execution Sakay fearlessly declared, “But I want to tell you that we are not bandits and robbers, as the Americans have accused us, but members of the revolutionary force that defended our mother country, the Philippines!”
On record the last director who made a movie on the life of Sakay was Raymond Red with Julio Diaz in the title role.
According to Mayo, while he is halfway casting supporting actors for his movie, the names being considered to play the lead in this remake include Jericho Rosales, John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, and Gerard Anderson, among others, including his own ward, Jeric Raval.
Macario Sakay is intended as entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which has set an October deadline for entries.
Mayo—whose most recent films included Manila’s Finest (2015), Gangster Lolo (2014), and Tres (2014)—said that a German producer is funding the movie.
Baby Go—new queen of Indie films
BG International Films producer Baby Go is now touted as the new queen of indie film productions. This became apparent at a dialogue hosted by Go for the members of the movie press, filmmakers, and producers.
While the dialogue was held to assess the recently concluded Singkuwento International Film Festival held at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), the spotlight shifted focus to two of Go’s independently produced films that were also included in the said festival. Director Louie Ignacio’s Laut opened Singkwento while director Joel Lamangan’s Sekyu was shown to officially close the festival.
Go’s active participation in the festival didn’t go unnoticed and was even acknowledged by Felipe De Leon, Jr., executive director of NCCA.
Aside from her two newly-produced indies—the modern slang for independent films—Go has also produced indie films like Asintado, Child Haus, Tupang Ligaw, and Magkakabaung. Her film outfit, on the other hand, simultaneously shooting two indie films at present, namely Siphayo under the direction of Lamangan and Area, a film about ageing sexual workers in Pampanga, under Ignacio’s direction.
Her passion for this genre, which has put Philippines in the map of international film festivals, is what made industry observers label Go as the new queen of indie film productions.
To this, Go humbly answered, “I’m serious about producing moderately budgeted films, but with high quality and marketability for the local and domestic fronts.”