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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

S THE hol­i­days draw near, part of us gets the thrill from the up­com­ing film fes­ti­vals dur­ing De­cem­ber. For some, watch­ing Filipino-pro­duced movies are a chance to bond with loved ones but un­for­tu­nately, most of us try to do it il­le­gally.

“If there’s a chance to get any­thing for free, we should grab it!” - This is our mind­set as we click through those il­le­gal down­load­ing sites but the real deal is, we lose the chance of gain­ing knowl­edge, en­thu­si­asm, and drive to be more (speak­ing for those films based on his­tory). Peo­ple be­hind these films spent a for­tune to pro­duce qual­ity movies. Months, or even years were spent to per­fect their re­search for their script and some other sac­ri­fices just to make the lines more ap­peal­ing to the var­i­ous Filipino au­di­ence. And yet, we choose to just Tor­rent it any­way.

Ex­em­pli gra­tia, Hen­eral Luna. To be hon­est, how many of us ad­mit­ted to our­selves that we haven’t read the part of Aguinaldo’s be­trayal against Boni­fa­cio? Be­cause judg­ing from the tsunami of peo­ple post­ing rage on Face­book on the slaugh­ter of Boni­fa­cio af­ter watch­ing that film (Hen­eral Luna), there’s a lot. It looks like they have just learned it from the film and the years of study­ing His­tory and Aral­ing Pan­lipunan way back was a waste (Also, hello DepEd. Is it the text­books, the teach­ers, or the cur­ricu­lum?).

Even the Bangko Sen­tral ng Pilip­inas (BSP) re­placed Philip­pine’s ac­knowl­edged first pres­i­dent for Boni­fa­cio (you know, af­ter all the hype against him *be­cause of the film*).

The BSP said that five peso coin in the New Gen­er­a­tion Cur­rency (NGC) Coin Se­ries which fea­tured Boni­fa­cio on the ob­verse or front side “high­lights the 120th death an­niver­sary of the Filipino pa­triot this year and his 154th birth­day on Novem­ber 30.”

The rest of the de­nom­i­na­tions of the NGC Coin Se­ries will be re­leased by the BSP for cir­cu­la­tion in Jan­uary 2018.

The BSP un­veiled the new P5 coin on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 29, a day be­fore Boni­fa­cio’s 154th birth an­niver­sary and on the 120th year of his death.

His­tor­i­cal ac­counts and records showed that An­dres Boni­fa­cio, along with his brother, Pro­co­pio, was ex­e­cuted on May 10, 1897 upon or­ders of Aguinaldo’s gov­ern­ment which charged Boni­fa­cio with trea­son and with con­spir­acy to mur­der Aguinaldo.

Some his­to­ri­ans even con­sid­ered An­dres Boni­fa­cio to be the right­ful first Pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines in­stead of Aguinaldo.

The new P5 Boni­fa­cio NGC le­gal ten­der coin will be re­leased in ad­vance of the other NGC coins, start­ing this De­cem­ber.

So back to the point, if we only down­load these trea­sured movies, the pro­duc­ers will most likely not earn enough to make another film that will pro­voke the minds of our coun­try­men. Films that speak of the truth in a way that books can­not. Hence, we lose the chance of learn­ing our roots bet­ter, we lose the chance of know­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing our an­ces­try.

And so, we re­mind you to pay for the movies that ed­u­cate so we would al­ways see more of them in the fu­ture.

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