Alden as Mar­tial Law ac­tivist

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Tonight, Alden Richards takes on his bold­est por­trayal yet as he de­picts the life story of Mar­tial Law ac­tivist and award-win­ning screen­writer Boni­fa­cio Ila­gan in GMA Pub­lic Af­fairs’ “Alaala: A Mar­tial Law Spe­cial.”

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, hu­man rights vic­tims still cry for jus­tice. And those who sur­vived these dark years urge Filipinos to “Never for­get.”

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 per­sonal"24 ities who ex­pe­ri­enced 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 and how the op­po­si­tion fought against the dic­ta­tor.

JC Mi­jares-Gu­rango, grand­son of Prim­i­tivo Mi­jares re­veals the se­crets his lolo dis­cov­ered as pro­pa­gan­dist of the Mar­cos fam­ily. He shares the in­ner work­ings of the con­ju­gal dic­ta­tor­ship.

Alden shared the chal­lenges of por­tray­ing the young Boni. “Phys­i­cally, psy­cho­log­i­cally, emo­tion­ally, men­tally—mahi­rap ‘yung role. I’ve never been tor­tured in any of my roles when I was do­ing projects with soaps and movies,” Alden said.

Join­ing Alden in recre­at­ing one of the most tu­mul­tuous pe­ri­ods 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 “Hap­los” 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 na­con­firm na ka­mag-anak ko pala si Sir Pete. It makes ev­ery­thing more mean­ing­ful at mas malalim para sa akin,” Rocco said.

Don’t miss GMA Pub­lic Af­fairs’ “Alaala: A Mar­tial Law Spe­cial” tonight on SNBO. (PR)

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