Paulo Avelino discovered a lot about Gregorio del Pilar while doing the biopic Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.
The actor plays the titular role in the upcoming movie, which serves as a sequel to the historical film Heneral Luna.
He found out that del Pilar, who is also known by his nickname Goyo, had a golden tooth.
He revealed this during the August 23 press conference of Goyo at Novotel in Cubao.
"Medyo marami, karamihan din is nakuha ko sa pagbabasa ko sa draft ng script. Iba naman, sa mga naisulat sa mga libro na nabasa ko.
"Pero hindi ko alam na may golden tooth si Goyo.
"Kung makikita niyo yung trailer, medyo makikita siya.
"Pero kapag napanuod niyo yung pelikula, mas lalabas siya."
Aside from being dubbed as the young hero of Tirad Pass, Gregorio del Pilar has been referred to as the hero heartthrob, with accounts saying that he was a "babaero" during his time.
Will the movie show this side of Goyo in the biopic?
Paulo continued, "Another thing is alam ko na parang may haka-haka na marami siyang babae.
"Pero dito, parang may patunay dahil yun nga, may mga letters na nagpapatunay."
Paulo was then asked if Goyo is really a "babaero," to which he answered, "Hindi naman, mapagmahal lang!
"Yun siguro yung nadiskubre ko. Marami pang iba pero yung ibang nadiskubre ko, hindi na naging parte ng pelikula."
In the film, Paulo has two love interests, with Gwen Zamora and Empress Schuck portraying these characters.
According to the two ladies in past interviews, they didn't share intimate scenes with Paulo in this movie that opens in cinemas on September 5.
In fact, the lead actor of the movie said that the film directed by Jerrold Tarog won't dwell too much on that aspect in Goyo's life.
Paulo pointed out that the events in Goyo took place after Heneral Luna: "Dito sa part kasi na ito ng pelikula is after Luna so may konting parts pero it focuses more on the journey of them running away from the Americans."
How does Paulo feel about being cast as the lead of this historical film?
"I love the country ever since but after researching, and after reading so many stuff, these types of films encouraged me and sparked something in me to research more and find out more about our history, especially the time when Americans came.
"How much of our history is not really taught to the younger generation, how much is hidden.
"But it just made me so curious that it just gave me more love and more hope for our country.
"That's one thing I hope that Goyo could give the younger audience that will watch the film—to ignite something in them, to have more love and hope in this country."