Angel Aquino clarifies that her new film is not based on real-life experiences of Ces Drilon.
After the success of her horror-suspense film Amorosa: The Revenge
, Angel Aquino once again headlines another film with the psychological drama Biktima
. She plays the role of an ambitious journalist who leaves her family to do a story on the perilous island of Kamandao where she is thought to have been killed in an ambush. Angel’s husband, played by Cesar Montano, seeks solace in her best friend played by Mercedes Cabral. When Angel’s character resurfaces after some time and finds her husband in the arms of another woman, she goes through a psychological journey that will affect the lives of everyone around her.
“Honestly I don’t know what to expect kasi ang tagal na naming itong ginawa
. It was two and a half years ago na tapos nakalimutan ko na siya, wala na siya sa
although I was telling my director nga na may mga
very ingrained na
in my mind because they were so graphic to me eh. Kaya ayun, hindi ko makalimutan
and now it’s all happening, I don’t know what to expect. Hindi ko alam ang kinalabasan ng pelikula
(laughs),” she shared.
Angel clarified that Biktima
is not based on the abduction of broadcast journalist Ces Drilon in Sulu in 2008. “Kasi nung fini
-film namin ito, nangyari na yung kay
Ces Drilon but I did ask them and hindi naman daw
because when they wrote it, they didn’t have her in mind and hindi pa nangyayari yung kay
Ces Drilon when he started writing it. But of course when I was there shooting it, it was Ces Drilon that I had in mind. Parang
I wonder how she felt. Ini
-imagine ko, alam ko hindi ko pa rin
immerse yung sarili ko
in whatever happened to her and I will never even come close kung ano yung naging
but I hope that I was able to portray well kung ano yung pakiramdam ng isang
victim of a hostage, parang yung sa Captive din
,” she admitted.
As her character Alice goes through a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout the movie, Angel said she did not really have the opportunity to thoroughly prepare for the transformation of her role because of last-minute script changes. “You know what happened in this movie kasi, the first time I received the script, it was Cesar’s character that was the main character in the movie in the script that I received. Nung pagdating ko dun,
the director talked to me and said they’ve changed the plot. Biglang yung
wife became suddenly the bigger character. So hindi ako nagkaroon ng
time na mag
-research. Pero nung nalaman ko na maki-
by terrorists inisip ko talaga si
Ms. Ces Drilon, I wonder how she felt, ganun. Pero yung
journey of her going through yung
psychological trauma, medyo nagulat ako dun
and I was placed on the spot. So what I did was intuition na lang, yun na lang ang ginawa ko,” she admitted.
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