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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.

Nov 23, 2013

Sid Lucero's Katipunan Has The Makings Of Another Award-Winning Show

SID LUCERO HAS reason to be proud of his ground-breaking docu-drama, "Katipunan". If Rocco Nacino's "Bayan Ko" won awards recently, we have doubt that next year, "Katipunan" will also be a front runner in some award-giving bodies for its well researched and informative treatment of one of the most important chapters in local history. This Saturday, with the Katipunan no longer a secret, the crackdown on the revolutionary group begins.

Spanish officials declare Juez de Cuchillo in suspected Katipunan strongholds. This means the massacre of even the innocents, including children. Hundreds of men are arrested, tortured, and killed.

Supremo Andres Bonifacio (Sid Lucero) and a handful of Katipuneros regroup in the home of Tandang Sora, an octogenarian who supports the movement. The Supremo sends out a call to arms to Katipuneros in nearby areas. Faced with a battle against a bigger army with far better arms, how many will show up? Tandang Sora’s response is to prepare a meal for a thousand men. How many will agree to tear up their cedula and live on the run?

Meantime, Oriang leaves her parents’ home to spare them from harm. With her brother, she heads to the mountains to try to find her husband. In Cavite, a crack begins to form in the the Katipunan’s ranks even before they go to war. The Magdalos and Magdiwangs disagree on strategy: Emilio Aguinaldo tries to delay the inevitable, while Mariano and Santiago Alvarez launch an attack in his absence.

Katipunan’s cast is led by Sid Lucero as Andres Bonifacio, Glaiza de Castro as Oriang, and Nico Antonio as Emilio Aguinaldo. Benjamin Alves and Dominic Roco play the fictional characters Sebastian and Pacquing. Roi Vinzon plays the role of the ruthless Padre Villalon.

Katipunan is GMA News and Public Affairs’ first historical docudrama. It is being filmed using Sony Cinemaalta F3 cameras provided by Solid Video. CMB Film Services Inc. provided lenses and other high-end equipment. Post production was done at Quantum Films. The battles begin in Katipunan, Saturday, 10:15 PM on GMA 7.