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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.

Aug 1, 2018

Eddie Garcia Has Been Acting Since 1949, Has Won Countless Awards Here & Abroad, Deserves To Be Named National Artist

EDDIE GARCIA has been acting since 1949 and since then, he has won hall of fame awards for best actor, best supporting actor, best director and he has also won international awards for the film “Bwakaw”. In our book, he’s the one most qualified to be the next actor to be named as National Artist. We don’t think anyone can question his credentials. And up to now that he’s nearing 90 years old, he remains so active.

He’s doing a lead role again in the Cinemalaya entry, “ML (Martial Law)”, the directorial debut of Benedict Mique, who started as scriptwriter for ABS-CBN for “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, then GMA-7 for shows like “Captain Barbell” and “Mga Mata ni Angelita” and TV 5 for “Nagbabagang Bulaklak” and Nora Aunor’s “Sa Ngalan ng Ina”, then back to ABS again to do “Wansapanataym” and the recent teleserye “Since I Found You” . He'll also start a new movie with Director Joel Lamangan where he'll play a shocking role.

“ML” is about a retired military officer who used to be with the Metrocom, played by Eddie. In their neighborhood, he is known as the mysterious Colonel, who is having dementia and believes that it is still Martial Law. So he holds captive a curious teenager, Carlo as played by newbie Tony Labrusca, who he tortures like what he used to do to political activists during the military regime.

“This film is in tune with the times,” says Eddie who can identify with his role as he used to be with the Philippine Scouts before he joined showbiz. “The youth of today should watch it para may background sila kung ano ang nangyari noong martial law.”

Tony says it’s an honor to work with Eddie. “I felt humbled and intimidated at first. He’s a living legend and I’m so proud I got to work with the Eddie Garcia. He gave me acting tips, like using your eyes to do a lot of acting for you.”

Don’t miss “ML” when it starts showing at the CCP and Ayala Malls cinema starting this Saturday, August 4.
photo of dir. benedict mique/ eddie garcia/ tony labrusca