When I was younger, the only thing I know about General Gregorio del Pilar is he fought American at Tirad Pass at a very young age. Nothing more.
The movie Goyo, a sequel of Luna, tells what Joven witnessed after he left Antonio Luna. I don’t what to elaborate further the movie so still give the readers the thrill while watching it.
I just want to scrutinize the major characters based on what the movie has shown
Gregorio del Pilar (Paulo Avelino) – For me, he is a leader. Some say that he was only promoted as General because of Aguinaldo’s favoritism. To me, being a good leader means being a good follower too. He maybe favorite yet he still knows how to follow an order.
Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado) – Many may say that he just stole the presidency by allegedly ordering the murder of Andres Bonifacio and Antonio Luna.
Luna asked us “Bayan o sarili?” but Aguinaldo asked “Si Luna o ako?” Maybe most of us will also choose ako just like Aguinaldo.
Apolonario Mabini (Epy Quizon) – Even the wisest man can still be lured with sweet words and half-meant promises. Aguinaldo might offer him the Chief Justice position but he has no assurance of the offer; just words of Aguinaldo on a closed-door meeting.
Remedios Nable Jose (Gwen Zamora) – For me, she is a reserved woman. She might want to love Goyo yet she did not cry about his death. She just read the poem and watched an American flag rise on a balcony.
Felicidad Aguinaldo (Empress Schuck) – She may be the ex-who-cannot-be-moved but at least she morn Goyo’s death.
The most exciting part of the movie, for me, is the after credits. This is spoiler alert so if you haven’t watched the movie, stop reading now.
The conversation of Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado) and Manuel Quezon (Benjamin Alves) is intriguing but the head-to-head campaign of the older Aguinaldo and Quezon is something we must look forward: the fallen leader and the rising leader.