Baler, the Movie

No official title yet, but I heard last month that there’s a plan to make a film about Baler this year or the next. I guess it will not be as history-changing as Apocalypse Now or as shameful as Allona Amor’s bold flick (I forgot the title) which were both made in Baler, but it will be helmed by no other than Gil Portes, the award winning director of great films like Merika (1984), Mulanay (1996), Sarangola (1999) and Markova (2000). His career goes back to the early eighties and he continues to make films that would make us Pinoys proud. His last film was 2006’s Barcelona. Mr. Portes was invited to Baler by Sen. Edgardo Angara during Seair’s inaugural flight to Baler last April 14.

Let’s hope that they will make another Mulanay-like movie where the culture and tradition of the place were incorporated in the story. Mulanay is the movie that starred Baler’s own John Arcilla in a puntung-Baler character that won him a Best Actor award. Let’s also hope that they will use lots of Balerian talents and not just imports. Aside from John Arcilla, there are other Akaw talents in the biz like Kungfu kid Joseph Andrei Garcia and award winning production designer Rommel Espinosa (Huling Birhen sa Lupa, Filipinas), award-winning sound engineer Ronald De Asis (Magic Temple, Balahibong Pusa, Tulad ng Dati, Tiyanaks and Pisay) and award-winning indie filmaker Celeste Lumasac (Kabalintunaan). They can even revive the careers of Allan Valenzuela and Liza Ranillo if they want.

About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

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