AKO Batch ‘81
University in the Philippines
Character and Characteristics:
Mark Gil - Sid Lucero Sandy Andolong - Tina Ward Luarca - Pacoy Ledesma Noel Trinidad - Santi Santillan
Ricky Sandico - Ronnie Roxas, Jr. Jimmy Javier - Vince
Rod Leido - Arni Enriquez Bing Pimentel - Mariel
Dang Cecilio - Pearl (as Criselda Cecilio) Mike Arvisu - Abet
Vic Lima - Gonzalez Dodo Cabasal - Pete Magtibay
Edwin Reyes - Ding Quintos Nanette Inventor - Miss Casuso Joe Jardy - Dick
In the Batch '81 (MVP Pictures, 1982) by Mike de Leon used the school as microcosm of Philippine society under martial law. Seven students are simultaneously applied to be members of a fraternity. The masters asked them to do the rituals of initiations, to test their stability in the decision to be frat brother through physical and psychological torture. Repeatedly emphasized the need for the neophyte oath to be faithful to her peak of the ritual. Misunderstanding as to have a neophyte in a collaboration of rival fraternity, there was a bloody battle that killed two neophyte lives. In the last part of the movie, Sid Lucero (Mark Gil) the strongest applicant, now runs initiation ritual. In a scene, the master asked and if you do not answer the question correctly they press its switch button and the neophyte will suffer the current with Ronnie Roxas, Jr.. (Ricky Sandico) one of their colleagues. The question, Is Martial Law good or bad for the country?.
Notably one of the applicants is the teacher, Santi Santillan (Noel Trinidad). Superior to his age he wants be a member, but he demonstrated more endurance and fortitude. If the review described him as an expression and insight of the film,...