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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.

Mar 12, 2022




                              ALLEN WITH 'WALKERS' DIRECTOR JOEL LAMANGAN

                                     ALLEN DIZON WITH RITA AVILA IN 'WALKERS'

ALLEN DIZON is due to be elevated to the FAMAS hall of fame for winning their best actor award five times for the movies “Paupahan” (2009), “Dukot” (2010), “Magkakabaung” (2015), “Bomba” (2018) and “Latay” (2021). 

He has also won awards from all award-giving bodies and has received many acting trophies from international film festivals. 

He now delivers another fine performance in Director Joel Lamangan’s advocacy film on police brutality, “Walkers”. 

He plays an abusive policeman who does all sorts of crimes, including rape and murder that he could very well be the personification of evil. Didn’t he have any second thoughts about accepting the role?

“None because the film is by Direk Joel and I trust him so much,” he says. 

“And before, laging mabait ang role ko sa movies niya, like in ‘Dukot’ na aktibista akong dinukot ng militar, ‘Patikul’ na coffee farmer ako and ‘Migrante’ na migrant worker naman ako. This time, I play a very corrupt law enforcer at tiyak magagalit sa akin ang viewers.”

In “Walkers”, he plays a police lieutenant who is married but has a mistress, Sunshine Dizon, who comes from a family of prostitutes. 

Sunshine is very hostile to her mother, Rita Avila, and her grandma, Dorothy Gilmore, both former whores. 

When she learns that her lola is using their youngest sister, Barbara Miguel, who is mentally challenged, to earn money by making her disrobe online for foreign pedophiles, she gets mad with both her mom and grandma and gets custody of her autistic sister.

Rita goes to talk to her with her other daughter, Elora Espano and husband EA Guzman. But they had a heated exchang of words and when Allen arrives, he berates Rita and company. 

EA punches him on the face and this proves to be EA’s undoing. Allen connives with other cops to frame him up on drug charges and he gets imprisoned. 

Elora tries to raise bail money for her husband but ends up being gang-raped by Allen and other policemen. Then they shoot her dead and dump her body in a grassy area. 

But Allen’s dastard deeds do not end there. Sunshine soon discovers that Allen is also sexually abusing her mentally impaired youngest sister. The film is really very dark but there’s no denying that the abuses made by people in power portrayed in it truly happen in real life.

“Ang sama talaga ng character ko but I like my role,” says Allen. 

“Mas challenging gumanap in villain roles kasi dapat baguhin mo ang takbo ng utak mo to show your dark side. May scenes dito na mata lang ang pinagagalaw ko to scare people. 

"But I also have two new movies na mabait ang role ko, ‘Abe Nida’ with Direk Louie Ignacio na wood carver ako in Paete, and ‘Latay’ ni Direk Ralston Jover na battered husband ang role ko. They are now making the rounds in international film festivals.”

Allen’s two eldest daughters, Nela and Felixia, are now also into acting like their dad. Nela was in “Rainbow Sunset” while Felixia is in “Madawag and Landas Patungong Pag-asa.” So is he giving them his blessings for them to go into showbiz? 

“They told me they want to try acting so sabi ko, di sige, subukan nila. But ang bilin ko, give priority to their studies pa rin. 

"Dapat pag-aaral muna ang unahin nila. I have two younger kids, a boy and a girl, but I don’t know yet kung may hilig din silang mag-showbiz.”