Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral director hopes to release deleted scenes from movie

IMAGE Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral / Heneral Luna Trailer

Director Jerrold Tarog on difference between Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral and Heneral Luna: "If Luna is all about fire, Goyo is more water. Although hindi naman pinapatay ni Goyo yung apoy ni Luna. It's more of yung introspection, yung pagiging mas tahimik na pelikula. May nag-tweet recently na nakapanood ng advanced screening, yung Goyo raw yung Empire Strikes Back sa trilogy. Darker and more somber siya na pelikula."



Director Jerrold Tarrog admitted that there were a lot of deleted scenes from Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral to limit its total running time to two hours and 30 minutes.

He decided to focus on the last seven months of the life of Goyo—just enough to depict the young general’s love for the Philippines and his personal shortcomings.

Speaking at the digital conference for Goyo last August 28, Direk Jerrold explained, “Kasi yung timeline ng kwento, it starts after Heneral Luna’s time. As in literally two days after he died.

“May mga eksena lang in reference to what happened in the past and kung ano yung na-achieve ni Goyo, paano siya nakarating dun bilang general.

“Para lang ma-establish yung idea na sikat na sikat na siya and he’s a successful young man.

“Pero before that, madami akong hindi nasama, hindi lang kay Goyo.”

What are the interesting scenes in Goyo’s life that were excluded in the film?

Direk Jerrold answered, “Yung mga battles na nadaanan niya bago siya naging general, kung paano niya na-liberate yung Bulacan, hindi ko naisama.

“Dinaanan ko ng konti yung Kakarong de Sili, yung relationship niya with the Seven Musketeers of Pitpitan.

“Hindi ko naisama kung paano niya in-idol si Heneral Anacleto Enriquez, yung kapatid ni Vicente Enriquez, played by Carlo Aquino sa movie.

“Sa online nakikita ko may mga nagsasabi sana ipakita si Poleng, yung isa sa mga babae na nag-reject kay Goyo—wala rin siya.

“Pero hinahanapan namin ng ways para mapasok yung mga hindi namin naisama through other means.”

Direk Jerrold went on to say that he also excluded a lot of interesting scenes featuring Heneral Jose Alejandrino, who was one of the trusted aides of Heneral Luna.

In the movie, Heneral Alejandrino was played by Alvin Anson.

Direk Jerrold said, “Kasi mas malaki na ngayon yung role ni Heneral Alejandrino. Sa Luna, as in halos wala siyang lines, ngayon ang dami.

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“Meron siyang sinulat na libro, The Price of Freedom, dun ko kinuha karamihan ng mga eksena ni Alejandrino.

“Ang dami niyang nakakatawang experience dealing with the Americans. Dahil lang kailangan ko i-shorten yung running time ng pelikula, hindi ko maisama-sama.

“Pero hopefully, pag na-release na namin yung Blu-ray, yung mga deleted scenes nandun lahat.”

ON WEAVING A TRILOGY FILM

Following the sleeper hit Heneral Luna in 2015, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is the second installment to Direk Jerrold’s trilogy on the Philippine Revolution from the 1890s to the 1900s.

Although Goyo can be understood by moviegoers who haven’t seen Heneral Luna, Direk Jerrold said that the Paulo Avelino-starrer is definitely a sequel that complements the first installment headlined by John Arcilla.

“Kasi may mga characters na galing ng Luna. Maiintindihan niyo yung mga conflicts na nangyayari sa Goyo pag alam niyo yung konteksto ng Luna.”

“Ganun din sa third film—kung umabot man kami dun—may ibang characters na tatawid at itutuloy ang conflict nila, parang makukumpleto yung arch.

“Lalo na kay Emilio Aguinaldo, kasi hindi kumpleto yung arc niya dito, e.

“We start off na ‘kontrabida’ siya sa Luna, tapos dito—hindi ‘to spoiler ha— bugbog na bugbog siya kay Apolinario Mabini dahil dito yung part na nag-away na sila, e.

“Pati sa Quezon, yun yung time na sumagot na si Aguinaldo sa mga bintang ni Mabini. So meron siyang sariling arc.”

Direk Jerrold went as far as saying that he already has an idea how the third and final installment depicting the life of Manuel Quezon would play out.

“Once I pitch a project, palaging may idea ako nung opening saka ng ending. It’s everything in between yung kailangan ko i-flesh out, pero I know exactly how the film will end.

“So parang alam ko na yung huling eksena ng pelikula. And the dialogue also, medyo alam ko na yung last scene.

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“I also knows how it opens since, obviously, natapos na yung Goyo, so alam ko na saan ako mag-take off yung Quezon.”

DIFFERENCES OF LUNA AND GOYO

Direk Jerrold Tarrog also pointed out that his treatment of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is more introspective than that of Heneral Luna whose main character has “clear-cut" ideals as a leader.

“Sa Luna binibigay agad yung sagot. Dito sa Goyo mas maraming mga tanong, which is sadya naman.

“Ang tanong ever since, kung sinacrifice ba niya yung buhay niya para kay Aguinaldo or para sa pagmamahal sa bayan. Yun din ang tanong ng pelikula.

“May mga main points sa kuwento kung saan maiisip mo yung sagot dun sa tanong.”

At any rate, Direk Jerrold hoped that moviegoers would appreciate the unique but complementary qualities of Luna and Goyo.

“Na-mention ko na elsewhere, if Luna is all about fire, Goyo is more water. Although hindi naman pinapatay ni Goyo yung apoy ni Luna.

“It’s more of yung introspection, yung pagiging mas tahimik na pelikula.

Referring to how a netizen compared Goyo to Star Wars: Episode V, Direk Jerrold added, “May nag-tweet recently na nakapanood ng advanced screening, yung Goyo raw yung Empire Strikes Back sa trilogy. Darker and more somber siya na pelikula.

“Ang sagot ko, pag nagsimula ako maglagay ng ewoks sa Manuel Quezon, you can just cut me in half with a light saber.”

For his final word, Direk Jerrold dropped a hint for moviegoers by saying: “May post-credit scene. Kailangan niyo mapanood. May surprise dun na lahat sa amin di pa sinasabi.”  



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