Don’t leave your seats as the credits start rolling at the end of Jerrold Tarog’s “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”. This much-anticipated film is a sequel to 2015’s “Heneral Luna”, and has been confirmed to be a part of a trilogy chronicling the Philippine revolution. The Unreel Team had the privilege of seeing “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” in advance, and with that we’d like to share with you that the film gives us a sneak peek of what’s in store for us in the last part of the trilogy. Here’s a quick breakdown of this post-credits scene, but proceed with caution because we’ll be treading on spoiler territory!
Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”, bookmark this page and save it for later reading. If you’ve seen it, or don’t mind spoilers, read ahead but take everything with a grain of salt.
Rusca saves Joven
Towards the end of “Goyo”, Joven Hernando (Aaron Villaflor) falls through a ravine while escaping with Lieutenant Garcia’s (Ronnie Lazaro) son. At the start of the post-credits scene, we see that Joven has been knocked unconscious because of the fall, but he is woken by a character we last saw at Heneral Luna’s assassination – Capt. Eduardo Rusca (Archie Alemania)!
Rusca is one of Heneral Luna’s loyal captains, sharing his principle and love for the country. A bit of history research would tell you that the real-life Rusca survives the assassination, although we don’t blame you if you also thought that Rusca died in the film. After Luna’s death, General Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar (Paulo Avelino) orders the capture of Luna’s soldiers, with some of them ending up dead. In the short film “Angelito”, Maj. Manuel Bernal (Art Acuña) suspects that Heneral Luna is dead, “as well as Roman and Rusca”.
The Black Guard
In the post-credits scene, Lieutenant Garcia’s son accompanies Rusca when they wake up Joven. It may be possible that he knows where to find Rusca, because the said captain could be under Lieutenant Garcia’s protection all this time. After all, Garcia commands Luna’s “Black Guard” or “Guardia Negra”, an elite guerilla unit tasked to make surprise enemy attacks. The Black Guard is also briefly mentioned in the film as a group planning to avenge Heneral Luna’s death.
Manuel Quezon VS. Emilio Aguinaldo
Suddenly the post-credits scene goes on a time skip, taking us decades later showing a much older Aguinaldo. He looks through his window to see what appear to be his election posters getting covered up with that of another candidate – his fierce rival Manuel Quezon.
This is a telltale sign that the final film of Tarog’s trilogy will cover the 1935 Presidential Elections, where Aguinaldo and Quezon went head-to-head in one of the most competitive rivalries for the Philippine presidency. Case in point: Quezon allegedly dug-up and displayed Andres Bonifacio’s remains to bring up Aguinaldo’s involvement in his death.
That Guy in the Manuel Quezon Poster is definitely TJ Trinidad!
As we zoom in on the Manuel Quezon poster, we see that his photo resembles TJ Trinidad, rather than Benjamin Alves who already portrays the character in “Heneral Luna” and “Goyo”. TJ would be a great choice as the older Quezon; their resemblance is undeniable, you would think that they’re actually related!
It’s interesting to note though that Benjamin Alves has been confirmed to play Manuel Quezon in the final installment of Jerrold Tarog’s trilogy. If he’ll be portraying the former president together with TJ Trinidad, this could mean that the upcoming film will be covering two timelines – one with a younger Quezon as portrayed by Alves (possibly showing the events right after “Goyo”), and an older Quezon with Trinidad during the 1935 elections.
Bodjie Pascua as Raymundo Melliza
Raymundo Melliza is Emilio Aguinaldo’s running mate in the 1935 elections. It is a possibility that Bodjie Pascua will portray him in the upcoming film, given that Pascua’s character stands beside Mon Confiado’s Aguinaldo in the “Goyo” post-credits scene. That and the fact that Pascua has some resemblance to Melliza, don’t you think?
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