Alden stars in GMA’s mar­tial law spe­cial

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ALDEN Richards de­picts the life story of ac­tivist and awarded screen­writer Boni Ila­gan in “Alaala: A Mar­tial Law Spe­cial,” set to air to­mor­row on GMA. It is said to be Alden’s bold­est por­trayal yet.

The GMA Pub­lic Af­fairs spe­cial re­calls that around 70,000 peo­ple were im­pris­oned; 34,000 were tor­tured; 3,240 were killed; and 884 dis­ap­peared in­vol­un­tar­ily, from which 612 are still miss­ing – more than four decades after for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos declared Mar­tial Law.

Those who sur­vived those dark years urge Filipinos to “Never for- get.”

On the 45th an­niver­sary of Pres­i­dent Mar­cos’ dec­la­ra­tion of Mar­tial Law, GMA offers a spe­cial doc­u­men­tary that fol­lows the jour­ney of Boni Ila­gan. Named after na­tional hero An­dres Boni­fa­cio, Boni takes view­ers to his ex­pe­ri­ence from his days as an ide­al­is­tic youth, upon the dec­la­ra­tion of Mar­tial Law and his even­tual cap­ture and tor­ture un­der the hands of the Philip­pine Con­stab­u­lary.

His rec­ol­lec­tions will be put to life in a short film writ­ten by Boni him­self. A film within a doc­u­men­tary, GMA Pub­lic Af­fairs’ docu team will shadow the short film’s pro­duc­tion, show­ing be­hind-the-scenes clips. In­ter­views from per­son­al­i­ties who ex­pe­ri­enced the Mar­tial Law atroc­i­ties first hand, as well as his­to­ri­ans, will pro­vide the big pic­ture of how it was dur­ing the Mar­tial Law era. King Ro­drigo, son of late Se­na­tor Soc Ro­drigo tells us how they took the par­lia­ment to the streets.

Alden shared the chal­lenges of por­tray­ing the young Boni. “Phys­i­cally, psy­cho­log­i­cally, emo­tion­ally, men­tally – mahi­rap ‘yung role. I’ve never been more tor­tured in any of my roles,” Alden said.

Join­ing Alden in recre­at­ing one of the most tu­mul­tuous pe­riod in Philip­pine his­tory are Gina Ala­jar, Bianca Umali, and Rocco Na­cino.

Rocco por­trays editor and jour­nal­ist Pete La­caba, who, to­gether with Ila­gan, also suf­fered un­der the hands of the Philip­pine Con­stab­u­lary.

The Ka­puso ac­tor dis­cov­ered that he was re­lated to the award-win­ning writer. “[Sir Pete] came to me, say­ing, ‘Hey you know what I’m your mom’s sec­ond cousin.’ So that night ha­los hindi ako makat­u­log. Nag-re­search ako, I called up my mom and then na-con­firm na ka­mag-anak ko pala si Sir Pete. It makes ev­ery­thing more mean­ing­ful at mas malalimpara sa akin,” Rocco said.

“Alaala: A Mar­tial Law Spe­cial” airs to­mor­row night on SNBO.

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