From “Heneral Luna” to “Goyo” and now – “General Malvar”. Historical films have indeed taken over Philippine box office. And to make it even more interesting, the “chosen one” to portray the role in the newest historical movie “General Malvar” is no other than “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao! Yes, you heard that right. Despite his busy schedule as a senator, Manny’s charm is simply undisputed especially after his recent victory over Keith Thurman last July. Direk Kaka Balagtas believes his image is a perfect fit for the role of a remarkable national hero such as General Miguel Malvar – the last Filipino general to surrender to the Americans. Courage, perseverance and nationalism: Pacman is indeed the perfect embodiment of these patriotic traits.
In fact, the official poster of “General Malvar” was released recently and it featured the senator himself sporting a full beard in his rayadillo-style uniform as focal point. At the upper part of the poster is a slogan saying, “Biggest ever film produced in the history of Philippine cinema”. The historical movie will be under the direction of Jose “Kaka” Balagtas with a screenplay by Ed Samson. Manny’s look alike was also invited as his stunt double for some scenes.
The boxing champion rose to stardom after back to back victories in the biggest and most popular boxing bouts in the world. Pacman has also starred in numerous television shows, commercials, and movies in the past, making this film his “ultimate comeback” on screen. Today, the People’s Champ is also a senator who fights for the rights of his fellow Filipinos, especially the poor.
“Genral Malvar” is set to screen in theaters nationwide in 2020.