It’s the long weekend again, y’all. It’s a chance to catch up on your favorite TV series, add some nap time or go on that quick out-of-town trip you’ve always planned.
But apart from August 28th lengthening your days off at school or work, it’s also a day to honor and commemorate the Filipino heroes who dedicated their lives for our country and generation.
The National Heroes’ Day is supposed to remind us of lessons from the lives lead by some of our country’s greatest heroes. So after watching that Game of Thrones Season finale, might as well continue the viewing party with movies depicting the heroism of our freedom icons.
Curious about their life stories? Here are 5 biographical films featuring Filipino heroes to watch now:
1. Jose Rizal (1998)
Starring Cesar Montano, the Marilou Diaz-Abaya-directed piece is undeniably one of the best ever and critically-acclaimed film depicting the life of Jose Rizal. It as first shown in the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival and went on to participate in film festivals in Germany, Canada, and the United States.
2. Sakay (1993)
This is a Raymond Red-directed piece starrng Julio Diaz as Macario Sakay, who is a Filipino general who fought in the Philippine Revolution in 1896 as well as in the Philippine-American War.
3. Ang Supremo (2012)
Supremo narrates the life and struggle of Andres Bonifacio, played by Alfred Vargas, as the leader of Katipunan and the Philippine Revolution. A Richard Somes-directed film, the plot highlights the father of Philippine Revolution’s chivalry and courage to liberate the country from its oppressors.
4. Heneral Luna (2015)
Perhaps the most commercially-successful and critically-acclaimed historical movie of a Filipino hero, this Jerrold Tarog-directed piece depicts the brilliance and leadership of ill-temperamental Heneral Luna, who faces the resistance of his fellow countrymen and the opposing forces of the Philippine-American war. The titular role is played by John Arcilla.
5. El Presidente (2012)
This Mark Meily-directed film brings Emilio Aguinaldo at the forefront as the first president of the Philippine Republic. Portrayed by Jeorge “ER” Estregan, the plot focuses on Aguinaldo’s leadership in uniting regional factions in the battle for independence.
Which of these will you watch first? We’re torn between Jose Rizal and Heneral Luna!
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