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EXCLUSIVE: Director Jerrold Tarog confirms Paulo Avelino will play the role of Gregorio Del Pilar

EXCLUSIVE: Director Jerrold Tarog confirms Paulo Avelino will play the role of Gregorio Del Pilar

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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8/6/2016 9:38 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Director Jerrold Tarog confirms Paulo Avelino will play the role of Gregorio Del Pilar


080616-PaoloJerry1_main.jpgAfter being at the helm of the historical epic Heneral Luna last year, director Jerrold Tarog has been busy preparing for the second installment of his planned trilogy which is about the life of national hero Gregorio Del Pilar. This time, Jerrold shared a different approach to writing the script. "Iba yung tema namin ngayon, this time the connection that were trying to make is the idea na back then we were a very young nation fighting for freedom but with little insight on how to achieve greatness. We didnt have much except for pride and yung weakness natin. They were divided between their principles and their allegiances and sobrang hilig natin sa entertainment which is the same thing today,” he shares during Avida Land and Ayala Museum event “Inspire Every Day” held last July 30 in Makati city. 

During the event, the talented director gave a talk on the importance of Philippine historical films. "This is why I think historical films are important, when they try to say something about the past while connecting the narrative to who we are now. Dun siya nagiging importante. Hindi siya nagiging importante dahil buhay ni Emilio Aguinaldo or Del Pilar yun, nagiging importante siya kung meron siyang ibig sabihin para sa atin. Antonio Del Pilar was active during the Philippine-American war pero insecurities dun, yung kampihan, our tendency to go blind when you follow someone, our tendency to see things black and white are pretty much the same today. And its what were hoping to do once we get started with Gregorio Del Pilar,” he said during the talk. 

Jerrold said they hope to portray Del Pilar as a real person that people can relate to instead of just a historical figure from the past. "In doing one of this, assuming na ma-pull off namin, maybe the lives of our national heroes can become sources of reflection and enlightenment. Not because of the heroic things that they did but because of their flaws and their limitations. And if we succeed in making that connection, hopefully lahat yun makapagbigay sa cultural growth and cultural evolution so yan yung planned trilogy. Sa cast babalik si Carlo Aquino and then si Mabini (played by Epy Quizon) will be back. Of course and then si Mon Confiado (Emilio Aguinaldo) definitely and mas malaki yung role ngayon ni Albin Anson who played General Alejandrino and then may mga bago kaming ika-cast,” he shared.

During his exclusive interview with Push, Jerrold confirmed that Paulo Avelino will be reprising his role as the young general after first appearing in Heneral Luna. "Wala namang indication na were going with someone else so right now I would say 100% pa rin na siya,” he admitted. The movie which is slated to start shooting next year already has a complete script. "Sa box office wala naman (pressure). Its more of sa family ni Gregorio Del Pilar na they feel na kailangan medyo malinis yung portrayal so ayun. Actually tapos na yung script. Pino-polish na lang,” he added.

Currently working on a psychological horror movie project with Iza Calzado, Jerrold said this is also why he has not accepted any directing work in television. "Sa ngayon ina-avoid ko muna magtrabaho sa TV. Medyo may reputation na ako na suplado sa TV kasi nag-offer na sa akin yung tatlong networks and I refused kasi nag-focus ako sa films. Pero eventually pag merong magandang offer why not?” he said.