With only a few days left before the national elections on May 9, Christian film director Cesar Buendia thanks the heavens for paving the way for his movie, Diyos-Diyosan to finally hit cinemas on Wednesday.
“This movie was conceived as a tool for voters education four years ago pero ngayon itinakda ng Panginoon na maipalabas siya,” he began, leading the panel interview of the cast comprised of John Prats, balikbayan Princess Punzalan, Cheska Diaz and Kiko Estrada.
“Hindi ito isang predictable na movie about good vs. evil but shows kung anong totoong nangyayari sa ating lipunan kung saan maraming nag ‘diyo-diyos diyosan,’ at tungkol rin sa tunay na Diyos.”
At its core, the film asks its audience, if in choosing who to vote for, they have honestly relied on their moral compasses to guide them.
“Is this not as valid a criterion for making the right choice?” Buendia reiterated. This is the basic premise of Diyos-Diyosan.
Asked by The Manila Times whether he can categorically say that nothing has changed in the ways of the Filipino politician and the voting public since he wrote the material back in 2012 and still considers it timely for the 2016 elections, Buendia replied, “Siguro may nag-bago pero not enough. Pag inisip mo, mula pa nung 1986 napatalsik natin ang diktador, but nawala ba ang corruption?”
He maintained, “The spirit of corruption has remained in our soul as a people, and no rally, no people power, no revolution can extinguish that. Is there hope? Absolutely! And the hope does not lie on us people. True change can never come from people. Real change can only come from God. Hindi ako, hindi tayo ang simula ng pagbabago.”
Diyos-Diyosan chronicles the transformation of Bernard Mojica (Prats) from a young idealist to a deceptive, cunning and crafty politician thanks to his mentor Estrell (Punzalan) a former activist-turned-teacher, who shaped his destiny by way of her atheistic beliefs and self-centered ideology.
“Can we unlearn the dogma that we have been brainwashed with during our formative years? Can we purge ourselves of the demons of our past? The answer is yes we can, with prayer,” Buendia said again.
The cast, when asked by The Manila Times to share their take-away from the movie as an advice to voters agreed that prayer will be very powerful in helping them make their choice.
“Pag-aralan natin ang bawat isang tumatakbo—kung ano ang paniniwala nila at kung maka-Diyos ba sila—that’s the first thing we need to know and we can do that with the guidance of prayer,” Diaz said.
“Kailangan din nating alalahanin na hindi lahat ng ating nababasa o nakikita ay yon na ang katotohanan. Kailangan nating alamin ang nasa likod ng mga balita para makagawa tayo ng tamang desisyon,” offered Punzalan.
For his part, lead actor Prats ventured, “Ang natutunan ko sa pag-gawa ng pelikulang ito na kung sino man yung iboto natin at maging next president ng Pilipinas, wag natin isipin na siya ang magpapaunlad sa atin. As voters, let us hope na magampanan niya ang tungkulin niya bilang presidente, but change has to begin from ourselves. Kailangan lahat tayo magsumikap para maabot natin yung mga goals natin sa buhay. With faith and with hard work.”
Diyos-Diyosan will hold a premiere night on April 30 at SM Megamall’s Cinema 3, and will open in cinemas nationwide on May 4.