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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 18, 2013

GMA-7's Historical Docudrama 'Katipunan' Reveals The Truth About Andres Bonifacio

GMA NEWS AND Public Affairs presents its first historical docudrama on Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan, showing the conditions then that forced Filipinos to take up arms. The pilot episode opens with a ravaged young lady named Teresa (Mercedes Cabral.) Her sad fate sets into motion a series of events that force her friends Sebastian (Benjamin Alves) and Pacquing (Dominic Roco) to flee from their small town, dominated by the abusive Padre Villalon (Roi Vinzon). Jose Rizal's second novel, El Filibusterismo has begun making rounds among the country's intellegentsia, making Spanish colonizers more wary of the formation of any groups that may weaken its hold on the Philippines. Sometime last year, a movie about  Andress Bonifacio, "Supremo", was shown on the big screen. This gave Alfred Vargas a best actor award in Golden Screen.

A man named Andres Bonifacio (Sid Lucero) takes part in stage plays featuring folk hero Bernardo Carpio. He also attends secret meetings of Freemasons. The various characters meet because of what happened to Teresa. Katipunan also features Glaiza de Castro as Bonifacio's wife, Gregoria de Jesus.

Created by Program Manager Jaileen Jimeno and written by Ian Victoriano, the historical docudrama is directed by King Marc Baco, with Program Manager Nowell Cuanang and Executive Producer Jayson Santos, filmed using Sony Cinemaalta F3 cameras provided by Solid Video. CMB Film Services Inc. provided lenses and other high-end equipment. “Katipunan” starts airing tonight at 10:15 on GMA7. It will have a replay on Sundays, 7.15 pm on GMA News TV.