Paulo Avelino admits feeling the pressure as the theatrical release of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral fast approaches.
The film tackles the story of one of Philippine history’s youngest generals, Gregorio del Pilar.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with the film’s lead star at the Star Magic Ball 2017 last September 30 at the Makati Shangri-La, and the 29-year-old actor mustered enough courage to say that Jerold Tarog’s latest historical epic will be “a great film.”
Paulo said, “We’re more than halfway through the shoot. I think we have 18 days left to finish the film.
“It’s gonna be—well, I hope it’s gonna be a great film. I wanna claim.”
The film’s predecessor, Heneral Luna, created major buzz back in 2015 when social media rallied audiences to watch this new cinematic take on our Philippine heroes.
John Arcilla played the titular role of the brilliant and hot-headed general, and delivered one of his most memorable performances to date.
The historical biopic was able to earn P257 million in the Philippine box office; allowing Artikulo Uno Productions to proceed with its plans for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.
Heneral Luna was also chosen as the Philippines’ entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 88th Academy Awards. Unfortunately, it did not make it to the short list.
LIVING UP TO THE HYPE. With all eyes on the production of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, Paulo hopes the film will the strike the same chord among audiences as Heneral Luna did.
“You’ll never know that market of the Filipinos,” he pointed out. “Since it’s telling a lot of what we’re in now, the social relevance and political relevance…
“I hope this makes waves.”
Audiences had their first look at General Gregorio del Pilar earlier this month when TBA Studios released its teaser trailer in September 8.
To date, it has reached over 221,365 views on YouTube.
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is slated for 2018.
During the launch of Goyo last August, Direk Jerrold said about the film: “The story starts literally two days after Heneral Luna was assassinated. It expands on that and other characters you already saw in Heneral Luna, including Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, as well as Joven Hernando.”