Mariing tinutulan ng apo sa tuhod ni General Miguel Malvar ang gagawing pelikula tungkol sa buhay ng kanyang lolo, lalo na at pagbibidahan ito ni Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Sa Facebook post ngayong Linggo, October 13, ni Gabriel Malvar, isang executive producer-director base sa kanyang profile bio, inamin niyang sa media lang niya nabalitaan ang tungkol sa gagawing biopic ng kanyang Lolo Miguel.
Nagkataong ginugunita rin ngayong October 13, 2019 ang 108th death anniversary ni Malvar, ang huling Pilipinong heneral na sumuko sa tropang Amerikano.
Noong una, inakala raw ni Gabriel na “fake news” lang ang gagawing pelikula, hanggang makumpirma niyang “a relative had unilaterally decided that he would enter into an agreement with outside parties to produce the Malvar film without the express consent of the entire clan.”
Napaulat na ang pelikulang may tentative title na MALVAR ay ipu-produce ni Atty. Jose Malvar Villegas, Jr., apo ng heneral. Si Ed Samson ang screenplay writer, habang si Jose Kaka Balagtas ang direktor.
Ayon kay Gabriel, malaki ang kanilang angkan, at ang kanyang lolo, si Pablo Malvar, ang bunsong anak ng kanyang Lolo Miguel at Lola Ulay.
Iginiit ni Gabriel sa kanyang post, “The different lines of direct descendants were not informed nor consulted.”
Sinabi ni Gabriel na bilang “direct descendant,” siya ang “steward” ng hindi matatawarang legacy ng kanyang Lolo Miguel.
Kuwento ni Gabriel, hindi lang isang magiting na heneral ng digmaan ang kanyang lolo, kundi isang ulirang ama, masipag na magsasaka, mahusay na negosyante, at matulunging sibilyan.
“He was the living embodiment of the virtues and values we aspire for: generosity, integrity, hard work, honesty, dedication, concern for the welfare of others,” dagdag ni Gabriel.
“My great-grandfather’s legacy speaks for itself. It is a legacy worth protecting.”
Ayon kay Gabriel, bagamat humahanga siya sa “very remarkable” na kuwento ng buhay ni Pacquiao, hindi akma ang pagiging pulitiko ng senador sa napakasimpleng pamumuhay ng kanyang Lolo Miguel, na ayaw na ayaw umanong maugnay sa pulitika.
“Had I been consulted, I would have said that I preferred someone not involved in politics or in public service to portray him,” post pa ni Miguel.
Paliwanag ni Gabriel, tinanggihan noon ng kanyang lolo ang posisyon para gobernador ng Batangas, gayundin ang alok na pamunuan ang Philippine Constabulary.
Dagdag niya, “I do not think he would have preferred to have his name associated with anyone in politics. I would like his name and legacy totally apart from the political milieu.”
Paglalarawan ni Gabriel kay Pacquiao: “He is an icon. A global brand.”
Kaya naman, ayon kay Gabriel, “My fear is that he is larger than life and his character cannot be separated from Manny Pacquiao the person.
“If he plays lolo Miguel, the viewers will not be able to see and appreciate my grandfather.
“Senator Pacquiao’s personality will dominate.
“That is not a knock on the senator. It is the truth.
“He is too big to be contained in any role for that matter.”
Sa huli, binigyang-diin ni Gabriel na, “I have nothing to do with this film.
“This does not have my approval.
“Huwag nating sirain ang kanilang alaala.”
Isinapubliko ni Gabriel ang kanyang opinyon sa Malvar biopic kasunod ng paglalabas kahapon, October 12, ng official statement ng producer ng pelikula, ang JMV Film Production ni Atty. Villegas, upang depensahan ang pagpili sa world boxing champion sa pagganap bilang bayaning heneral.
Saad sa official statement ng produksiyon (published as is): “The overwhelming acceptance and acclamation of the choice of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to play the major role in in the movie ‘MALVAR’ as Gen. Malvar, is a proof that the public accept the fact that Sen. Manny Pacquiao, that apart from being a Senator, he is also well known in the Movie World as a consummate actor, as well as being a Boxing World Champion who is famous all over the world.”
Iginiit din ng JMV Film Production na nababahiran ng “political agenda” ang pagtutol ng ilan sa pagbibida ni Pacquiao bilang Heneral Malvar, dahil mayroong nasa sektor ng pulitika ang “even using close relatives of Gen. Malvar to sow intrigues to serve the interest of some political sectors opposed to the Government.”
Nagbanta rin ang producers ng MALVAR na kakasuhan ng paglabag sa Anti-Cybercrime Law ang mga patuloy na namba-bash sa pelikula gamit ang social media.
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An official statement from JMV Film Production themselves. The team would like to ask everyone to take a moment to read this as it is in our right to share our piece on behalf of the critics who has mentioned anything so far for the production. Let us remember to be mindful and practice appreciation instead, for bringing light into a historical story that has never been told before. Nonetheless, the entirety of the production are grateful for all the support its been getting so far.