Ang Supremo, Jose Rizal, Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, and El Presidente. These are among the Filipino films that tackle the historical events during the time of the father of the Philippine revolution, Andres Bonifacio.
This 2014, Robin Padilla adds Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo to this list as one of the official entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
It was in 1964 when Ang Supremo (Andres Bonifacio) was seen on the big screen, with Eddie del Mar playing the title role.
In 1998, Gardo Versoza played the role of Andres Bonifacio in the biographical film Jose Rizal, directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Cesar Montano starred as the national hero.
Alfred Vargas starred in both Ang Supremo and Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio. In a previous interview with PEP.ph, Alfred said Bonifacio is his personal hero, and it has always been his dream to portray this role in a film.
Ang Supremo, one of the exhibition films in the 2012 Cinema One Originals Film Festival, shows how the leader of the Katipunan led his men to battle against a superior Spanish military.
Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio, released in 2010, focuses on the trial of Bonifacio in military court where he and his brother Procopio were accused of treason and sedition.
Cesar Montano then assumed the character of Bonifacio for the 2012 MMFF entry El Presidente, which topbilled Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan as Emilio Aguinaldo. As tension between the Magdalo and Magdiwang factions grew, Bonifacio played a key role in the Tejeros Convention, which elected Aguinaldo as president.
Robin Padilla is the latest in the roster of actors to portray Andres Bonifacio in a film.
After earning the Best Actor award for 10,000 Hours during last year’s MMFF, Robin is part of the biopic Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo that hopes to present the Filipino revolutionary in a different light.
He co-stars in this film with ex-girlfriend Vina Morales. In a previous interview with PEP.ph, Robin said they worked with the descendants of Bonifacio in the study and research of historical facts.
According to Robin’s Instagram account, they started filming the movie last August 29, the same date when Filipino revolutionaries under Bonifacio attempted to take Manila from Spanish forces in 1896.