ER Ejercito shifts from Asiong Salonga to gangster Boy Golden

ER Ejercito hopes his film about Arturo Porcuna alias Boy Golden will be accepted as an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival. He reveals that Chito Roño will direct his upcoming movie. (View photos: 31st Film Academy of the Philippines Luna Awards)



Laguna Governor ER Ejercito personally received the Best Picture award that was handed out by the Film Academy of the Philippines during the 31st Luna Awards.

The recognition was given for his period film El Presidente wherein ER was cast as the first Philippine president Emilio Aguinaldo.

The politician-actor pointed out: "At this point in time, we already have a total of 43 awards from 6 prestigious award-giving bodies.

"I got three Best Actor Awards from FAMAS, Star Awards, and Gawad Pasado.

"We already got 5 Best Picture Awards from SoHo New York International Film Festival, from FAMAS, Star Awards, Gawad PASADO and now from Luna Awards.

"It's a great honor and privilege to accept all these awards.

"We are inspired to make more quality and graded A Filipino films to help the movie industry."


FROM ASIONG SALONGA TO BOY GOLDEN. In his 2011 entry Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, ER brought life to the Pinoy gangster who ruled Tondo in the late '40s and early '50s.

This time, he will be bringing life to Arturo Porcuna alias Boy Golden.

"I'm back to gangster," declared when he was interviewed by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Saturday, June 2.

"We're going to start filming Boy Golden to be directed by Chito Roño," he revealed in a brief interview held at the Quezon City Sports Club last Saturday.

Governor ER hopes that this movie will be accepted as one of the films that will compete in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

He explained that he was encouraged to portray the life of another gangster because of online comments.

"Mas gusto ng mga fans ko sa webpage ko na mag gangster ako kaya back to gangster ako...true-story gangster movies."

He said that his project will be the third time that the life of Boy Golden will be shown onscreen.

"Si Boy Golden gangster from Tondo noong 1960s.

"Ang unang gumawa ng pelikula na ito si Lou Salvador Jr. Ang pangalawang gumanap si Rudy Fernandez."

The first movie, Alias Golden Boy, was shown in 1963 with Lou Salvador Jr and Perla Bautista.

In 1979, Rudy Fernandez portrayed Boy Ginto in the movie Isang Araw Isang Buhay.

Governor ER admits that he has a fascination with people who lived in Tondo.

"Madalas akong gumawa ng pelikula sa Tondo. Malapit ako sa mga tao sa Tondo, marami tayong kaibigan dun."


JOSEPH ESTRADA SUITED TO BE MANILA MAYOR. In the previous elections, his uncle, Joseph Estrada, was elected as Mayor of Manila.

Governor ER believes that given his background, the former President is suited to lead the City of Manila.

"Taga Tondo naman si Erap, e. Doon siya pinanganak kaya nararapat lang na siya ang maging mayor ng Manila."

When asked for his reaction to those criticizing Joseph Estrada as Mayor, ER said, "Yung mga bumabatikos yung mga taong walang magawa at mga nai-inggit. Ayaw nilang bigyan ng chance si dating Pangulong Erap na makatulong sa City of Manila kung saan siya pinanganak.

"Mahusay na lider naman si Erap at marami siyang natulungan—lalo na yung mga mahihirap."

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