Pacete: Heroes, movies, Filipinos and brownout

THERE was 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. power interruption in our Central Negros Occidental (Ceneco) area (LF3). The items inside the refrigerator should be sacrificed. The people at home should take a shower before 6 a.m. Someone should wake up at 5 a.m. to cook rice. It was an expensive Saturday compliments of Ceneco… no washing of clothes and we have to leave the house to escape climate change.

That was not a surprise brownout but it could still be surprising. Going to the beach (or resort with dirty swimming pool) is expensive. The mall is less expensive. Just be prepared (and accept it) to inhale and exhale what other people inhale and exhale also. You can ask your family doctor about the air cycle inside the mall. The aircon system does not purify the air there.

Anyway, that could be dangerously fun. I decided to see a movie. “Magnificent Seven” is not my choice. For me, the magnificent seven has only one charismatic leader, Yul Bryner. I have his “Magnificent Seven” in my collection, including “The Return of the Magnificent Seven.” I do not want to see a remake. For me, original is the best… just like my life.

I picked on “Hermano Pule.” My friend who saw the movie ahead told me that the screenplay and cinematography are above average. I started with first screening hour. I was seated at the last row fifteen minutes before screening time. There were two viewers ahead of me. Later on, I found out that they are janitors. It is not good to see a movie when the whole place is empty.

I missed only some short parts. (I could have slept.) I do not know the actors and actresses. I like the movie. Some fragments in history are mind-made for cinema effect. I love the characters and the character build-up of the director. The film is worth the ticket I bought. I want you to see this movie with a friend.

Apolinario de la Cruz (July 23, 1815-Nov. 4, 1841), better known as Hermano Pule in Lucban, Quezon is a founder of Cofradia de San Jose, a messianic organization. He was executed by the Spaniards. His religious brotherhood was way popular in Tayabas, neighboring towns and even in Manila. Hermano Pule wanted to become a priest but was not allowed because he was a native (Indio).

Hermano Pule’s revolt may be delivered into two phases: from its founding in 1832 to De la Cruz’s death in 1841; and from 1870 when the Confradia was revived in 1871 when its leader Juanario Labios was captured by the Spanish authorities. The cast is big and the extras play best. Those who play the role of friars and Spanish officials are not so convincing (no mastery of the language, lacks internalization). See the movie and disagree with me.

Hermano Pule is just one of the leaders of Philippine revolts before 1896. The revolts could be based on personal reason like that of Lakandula and his nephew Soliman. The Spaniards breached their promise to exempt the family from personal taxation. Francisco Dagohoy’s revolt sparked when the Jesuit priest refused his brother a Christian burial.

Others could have institutional reasons: Francisco Maniago of Pampanga; Andres Malong of Pangasinan; and Diego Silang in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Tamblot in Bohol; and Bangkaw in Limasawa had their revolt based on religious dissent. Many native priests did not want to embrace the Christian faith. They were satisfied with the gods of their ancestors.

Some revolts were based on social issues (agrarian). Famous leaders are Joseph de la Vega, Francisco Santos de Medina, Ignacio Marcelo, Julio Lopez de Montoya and many more. The younger generation does not know them anymore. We are challenging our Social Studies teachers to re-introduce our heroes to the pupils and students.

Fall in love with our Filipino heroes. They are better than Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale, Matt Damon, and Gerald Butler. Our heroes are our ancestor. Their blood runs in our veins. We can be one of them!
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