Glaiza de Castro essays Gregoria de Jesus in docu-drama Katipunan

Glaiza de Castro admits being daunted by the role of Gregoria de Jesus that she plays in the historical drama series Katipunan: "Mahirap in a sense na historical siya, na may mga bagay na kailangan na i-consider, katulad ng siguro in terms of role, yung kung paano siya magsalita, or kung paano siya umarte. Kumbaga, hindi mo pwede talagang gawing modern, e, dahil makakasira dun sa setting and sa damit."


Glaiza de Castro stars as the heroine in GMA News and Public Affair’s docu-drama titled Katipunan.

This eight-part historical drama series focuses on Andres Bonifacio and his revolutionary society, Katipunan. The docu-drama also depicts the conditions back then that forced Filipinos to take up arms against the Spanish colonizers.

The 25-year-old actress plays Gregoria de Jesus, said to be the first woman to be initiated into the Katipunan. Also known as Aling Oryang, the brave woman was the wife of the Supremo, Andres Bonifacio.

Glaiza reveals the difficulties of portraying a woman who lived during the Spanish colonial era.

“Actually sa buong serye, parang ano, ang ganda kasi ng pagkakasulat talaga, e. Para kang nagbabasa ng novel, yung ganon.

“Mahirap in a sense na historical siya, na may mga bagay na kailangan na i-consider, katulad ng siguro in terms of role, yung kung paano siya magsalita, or kung paano siya umarte.

“Kumbaga, hindi mo pwede talagang gawing modern, e, dahil makakasira dun sa setting and sa damit.

Her work in Katipunan reminds Glaiza of the time when she was part of the now defunct fantaserye Amaya, which was set in the 16th century.


These two TV projects present similar challenges to Glaiza. For one, while she is guided by the script to avoid modern-day expressions, she has to emulate the way people spoke in those times.

“Sa pananalita rin, parang [sa] Amaya, yung parang may mga bagay kami na iniiwasan sabihin. Lalo na kapag mag-aadlib.

“Parang emphasis more on the words rather than cutting it, yung, di ba mahilig tayo sa shortcut? Yung ‘yo, sa’yo, sa iyo. Yung ganon. So para din ma-bring back yung roots talaga ng Tagalog.

“Minsan nakakalimutan namin kapagka nag-aadlib kami. Yung 'Kamusta ka na?' tapos sasabihin mo, 'Okay lang.' Ay, hindi mali pala!”

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“Pero nakakatuwa na, gusto ko rin kasi yung mga ganito talagang roles tsaka mga projects.”



ON SID LUCERO. Sid Lucero is cast as Andres Bonifacio, Aling Oryang’s husband.

“Ever since naman si Sid ma-ano, e, sobrang chill niya lang kasama, e," says Glaiza about her leading man.

"'Tsaka mapagbigay, mapagbigay sa eksena. Nagpapahiram ng gitara, mga ganun.

“So wala naman akong problema pagdating sa mga eksena namin together."

The teleserye actress relates that she is also happy to be given the chance to work with her brother, Alcris Galura, and her uncle, Dan Alvaro.


GREGORIA DE JESUS. The Kapuso actress has openly expressed her admiration for her character, who used the nom de guerre Lakambini. According to Glaiza, she is inspired by the resilience and audacity of Gregoria de Jesus.


Prominent historian Ambeth Ocampo theorizes that Gregoria was raped when she was captured by Emilio Aguinaldo's men.


However, Glaiza points out: “Hindi nailagay rito yung na-rape siya, e. Siguro dahil sobrang bigat na rin kasi ng mga eksena.

“First episode pa lang medyo may [attempted] rape na rin, e. So parang gusto namin na gawin siyang balanse.

“Pero nakakatuwa siyempre pribilehiyo na i-personify mo yung babae na talagang isang haligi ng rebolusyon...

“Talagang ano, sobrang tapang niya. Kaya pala siya naging asawa din ni Andres kasi parehas din sila ng prinsipyo.

“Tapos, di ba, nung napangasawa niya si Andres, bata pa siya, kumbaga noong time na ‘yon, di pa rin siya sigurado kung sasaya ba siya. Parang hindi niya alam yung pinasok niya dun sa Katipunan.”

“Si Andres 30s na, so parang siyempre, ano, andami niyang mga doubts noong panahon na ‘yon. Pero pinaglaban niya rin dahil sa pagmamahal niya kay Andres hanggang sa talagang hinatulan na siya. Ano siya, palaban.”

DIFFERENT ROLES. When asked to compare her role as a revolutionary wife to characters that she portrayed in the past, the Kapuso actress points out they're both emotionally draining in different degrees.

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“Sakto lang din naman. Kumbaga yung Temptation [of Wife] kasi ang bigat, e. Palaging emotionally draining, physically [draining]. Di ba, parang nandun na yung galit lagi tapos may mga action scenes pa kami ganon.


"Mas light dito tsaka tama lang din yung timing ng Katipunan. Tapos siyempre, di ba, nag-out of the country din kami. So saktong-sakto lang."

What is her favorite scene in Katipunan?



“Siguro dun sa part na paglalaban niya yung tao na talagang mahal niya, yung ganon. May isang eksena na 'Bakit hindi niyo ko payagan na mahalin yung taong gusto ko?'

"Yung ganon parang once she wants it, she will fight for it.”

“Pero naniniwala ako, kapagka naniniwala ako sa isang bagay, ipaglalaban ko siya, e.

LEARNING FROM KATIPUNAN. Since this role is vastly different from what she normally takes on as an actress, Glaiza says she learned a lot while doing this docu-drama.

“Actually sa buong serye, parang ano, ang ganda kasi ng pagkakasulat talaga, e. Para kang nagbabasa ng novel, yung ganon.

“Natutunan ko na, alam mo yun, yung kapatiran pa rin talaga. Yung hindi lang yung sa mga kaibigan mo kundi kahit na rin sa mga tao na bumabatikos sa 'yo.

“Parang wala sa 'yo yung revenge, e. Tsaka meron dung isang eksena talaga, isang line na sabi 'Mahalin mo yung kapwa mo.'

“Kasi parang yun na rin, yung feeling ko, minsan nakakalimutan natin bilang mga Filipino na imbis na magtulungan tayo, minsan parang nagpapasiklaban tayo or yung power ginagamit natin yun para ibagsak yung ibang nasa ilalim natin, di ba?”

Truly this passionate actress has internalized the late heroine’s advocacy and convincingly made it relevant and understood today through the docu-drama series Katipunan.

Katipunan airs every Saturday, at 10:15 p.m. on GMA-7.

Interview by Nikko Tuazon


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