ABS-CBN Films’ announcement of the new ‘Darna’ united Kapamilya and Kapuso celebrities and their fans. Right after the big announcement, netizens and celebrities flocked to Jane de Leon’s social media accounts and congratulated the newest ‘Darna’ after Liza Soberano had to drop the project due to a finger injury.
Her followers gradually grew on social media. In fact, her Instagram went from having more than 700k followers to over 927k and her first post after the announcement immediately got 114,173 likes and more than 5k comments as of this writing.
The first two ‘Darna’ choices Angel Locsin and Liza Soberano were happy with the outcome of the audition.
Celebrities like Maymay Entrata, Darren Espanto, Elisse Joson, Iñigo Pascual, Michelle Vito, Jolina Magdangal, Hero Angeles, Kitkat, JC Alcantara, Yam Concepcion and Sandra Aguinaldo made congratulatory comments on De Leon’s now-verified Instagram account.
ABS-CBN Board Member and Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio meanwhile gave de Leon a message to ponder on, “Congratulations to our new DARNA, @imjanedeleon ❤️ Stay grounded as you fly high 🥰”
Jane’s GirlTrends friends Chie Filomeno, Mica Javier, Mikee Agustin and Joana Jane Hipolito congratulated her as well.
Even Kapuso stars Ysabel Ortega, Megan Young, Barbara Miguel, Elia Iliano, Bryce Eusebio, Ana de Leon, and Lexi Gonzales approved of the new Darna’
Meanwhile, De Leon wrote on Instagram following the news and teased her followers that she will begin working on her new project “soon.” “MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA TIWALA!”
Directed by Jerrold Tarog, Star Cinema’s Darna is slated for release in 2020.
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Liza Soberano expressed her hopes to work with director Erik Matti again soon.
On an Instagram post, she captioned a photograph of her having dinner with the director and said that she’s still wishing for future projects with him.
“Thank you so much for everything direk @erikmatti!!! ❤️ This dinner really meant alot to me. Still hoping for a future project with you.”
She also said that the Matti personally messaged her to properly and formally say goodbye to her.
“I was really thankful because I don’t think a lot of people will do that. He messaged me just so that he could say goodbye properly to me and I really appreciate that he did that. And I am just really thankful that I had the chance to work with him and I still want to finish a project with him so hopefully in the future if our schedule permits and there is a really good script that he wants to be directing, I really wouldn’t mind doing another film.”
The director departed from the Darna movie in October because of “creative differences” and it has been a mutual decision between the director and the management.
Liza will continue on with the movie with a new director, Jerrold Tarog as announced recently.
“For right now I think we are going to focus with the movie with Quen because we actually have a due date for the movie, so I think we are going to do that first and Darna has to be focused on by direk Jerrold. He’s taking over now so there are some changes.”
Jerrold Tarog‘s ‘GOYO: Ang Batang Heneral‘ has won praise from both critics and audiences as it tackled history with a different approach.
But it seems that not everyone liked the movie.
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. accused the film of “historical inaccuracy” as it was said to have portrayed Filipinos as cowards during the Battle of Tirad Pass.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, he added that he actually expected the movie to be as good as the director’s previous movie, ‘Heneral Luna.’
“Inspirasyon ko ‘yang si Gregorio del Pilar. The country’s youngest general died protecting [then president Emilio] Aguinaldo from the oncoming American forces. He chose Tirad Pass to make a stand.”
In the movie, Del Pilar (Paulo Avelino) is portrayed as a young military officer full of doubts but fiercely loyal to the Philippine president to the point of hunting down Aguinaldo’s perceived enemies.
The film follows the events of the last 5 months of Del Pilar’s life until his death at the Battle of Tirad Pass.
Atienza said that he was annoyed that the movie did not do justice to Del Pilar’s death, to the point that he wanted to leave the cinema.
“Del Pilar died a hero. Sa accounts sa history books, sugatan na ‘yan, sumakay pa sa kabayo niya para ipakitang ang Pilipino handang mamatay.
“Sa movie, hindi siya nakasakay sa kabayo. He was killed by a sniper. Sabi ko: ‘P***ang pelikulang ito.’ Kinalabit ko misis ko, sabi ko ‘Alis na tayo.'”
He also described that as soon as Del Pilar died in the movie, the Filipinos were like scared rats. “Parang mga dagang pinapatay ng mga Amerikano…
“We need historical heroes and modern-day heroes to emulate. Film as a medium is one of the most effective media that could influence the character of our young. E bakit pinagmumukha mo na duwag ang mga Pilipino? Hindi tayo duwag. Never naging duwag ang Pilipino sa harap ng giyera, fighting the Japanese, the Spanish, even the Americans.
“Kung gagawa tayo ng historical film, kung kailangang mag-adjust nang kaunti, dagdagan niyo pa ang kabayanihan. Hindi ‘yung karuwagan.”
Historian Xiao Chua, one of the researchers of the film, encouraged Atienza to read more history books like the Teodoro Kalaw biography, to know more about the Battle of Tirad Pass.
Chua explained that Del Pilar’s death was based on the recollections of two people that were there at the Tirad Pass, Vicente Enriquez and Telesforo Carrasco.
A book by Carrasco said that Del Pilar did not see the enemy “because of the cogon grass and that he ordered a halt to the firing.
“At that moment, I was handing [del Pilar] a carbine and warning him that the Americans were directing their fire at him and that he should crouch down because his life was in danger and at that moment he was hit by a bullet in the neck that caused instant death.”
The historian then called Del Pilar’s dying on a horse “fake news.”
“That is an embellishment of an American journalist in the time of yellow journalism. They wanted to sell newspapers and they wanted to make ‘Goyo’ appear romantic and all.
“Even the scene where the fighters ran away after Del Pilar’s death are in the accounts…Aside from embellishments, everything, including Apolinario Mabini’s description of the republic, is historical record.”