Now on the run to become the biggest Filipino film with a 2,000-strong cast and crew, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is undoubtedly making a buzz in more ways than one.
With a good marketing campaign which Paulo Avelino launched via his Twitter account on the day of the movie’s premiere night last September 5, 2018, the Kapamilya actor displayed his charm and wit as he gamely answered questions from his fans during his “Ask Goyo” webcast.
Following the success of the 2015 sleeper hit Heneral Luna, the Paulo Avelino-starrer is the second installment to the trilogy featuring the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution during the early 1900s.
In a previous interview with PEP.ph, Direk Jerrold revealed that the film's budget was three times that of Heneral Luna.
Did he feel pressured by the huge amount of money shelled out by TBA, the producers of the film?
"Hindi ko na siya iniisip kasi masisira ang ulo ko pag inisip ko pa siya," admitted Direk Jerrold.
Goyo was known to be a "babaero" since the young general was said to have a girlfriend in every town he visited.
Is this the reason why they cast Paulo in the lead role?
"Well, hindi naman babaero si Paulo...It's more of yung internal... yung internal process niya yung hinahanap namin. Gwapo lang siya pero hindi siya babaero!"
Has he started doing work on the third installment of the trilogy that will focus on the life of Manuel L. Quezon?
"Hindi pa. Magbabasa muna ako ng libro. Pero yung beginning at ending ng kuwento ko alam ko na.
"Usually kasi pag nagpi-pitch ako [sa producer], alam ko na kung paano siya matatapos."
Did they contact the descendants of former President Quezon?
"Si Manolo [writer-TV host and adopted grandson of President Quezon] kinontak ako. Saka ang Art Department, kinontak rin sila. Yung ibang relatives rin ni Goyo, na-contact rin namin."
When do they plan to release the film on Quezon?
"Hopefully in two years."
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From scratch, the film's production team recreated a late 1800s plaza somewhere in the middle of Tarlac Recreational Park to resemble Gregorio del Pilar's hometown.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) compiles more interesting facts that you shouldn’t miss in this epic film:
1. “To create the most historically correct looks,” all the costumes were based from old photos.
In an interview with Preview.ph, Goyo’s designer Steve Salvador said that all the costumes were custom-made for the actors.
He explained, “An abundance of period photos from the internet was referenced for the looks.
“In addition, I used Jose Moreno's History of Philippine Costumes and Gino Gonzales' Fashionable Filipinas as our primary reference."
2. One of the influential figures in Philippine history was Emilio Aguinaldo, well-played by veteran actor Mon Confiado.
In his Facebook post last September 19, he revealed an interesting trivia about his preparations for the film.
Mon intentionally shed off 25 lbs. and “grew up my flat tops hairstyle” so as to achieve the exact look when the former president “was escaping and walked from Pangasinan to Ilocos and almost didn’t eat for 2 months.”
3. One of the shoot locations for this huge film was Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan where the cast and crew spent more than a month.
Known for its Filipino-Spanish restored casas, Las Casas sure made a perfect backdrop to recreate the iconic scenes from the late 1900s.
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This was the exact heritage resort where they shot the jaw-clenching death scene from Heneral Luna.
4. Paulo and the rest of the crew had to traverse Mt. Balagbag in Rizal to shoot the breathtaking mountain scene.
A popular hiking destination, this mountain which has a difficulty level of 3/9 is part of the Sierra Madre mountain range that offers a surreal view of some parts of Makati and the rest of Metro Manila.
In an interview with FHM.com.ph, Paolo disclosed, “When it rains, it really gets slippery.
“So once a car gets stuck in the middle, no one can get up and no one can get down so you have to traverse going up and down that mountain.”
5. To enhance the cinematography, all their shoots had to undergo colorgrading.
In an interview with the film's colorist Marilen Magsaysay, she shared, “As the colorist, you have to use your imagination, come up with ways to enhance a situation wherein you wanna take them into a different world.
Her ultimate goal was “to bring out the vision of the director” through the improved looks that audience get to see in the big screen.
She added, “Sometimes I would look stupid here in my own room alone.
“I would be crying when the scene is sad because I really try to get into the mood and then after that, I work out the right colors and you know to even give it what it deserves.”
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