Rizal Reaction

Topics: José Rizal, Philippines, Philippine Revolution Pages: 5 (1188 words) Published: March 14, 2011
Cesar Montano - Jose Rizal
Joel Torre - Crisostomo Ibarra / Simoun
Jaime Fabregas - Luis Taviel de Andrade
Gloria Diaz - Teodora Alonzo
Gardo Versoza - Andres Bonifacio
Monique Wilson - Maria Clara
Chin Chin Gutierrez - Josephine Bracken
Mickey Ferriols - Leonor Rivera
Pen Medina - Paciano
Peque Gallaga - Archbishop Bernardo Nozaleda, OP
Bon Vibar - Ramon Blanco
Subas Herrero - Alcocer
Tony Mabesa - Camilo de Polavieja
Alexis Santaren - Olive
Chiqui Xerxes-Burgos - Father Villaclara, SJ

Cast (in credits order)
Cesar Montano... José Rizal
Joel Torre... Crisostomo Ibarra / Simoun
Jaime Fabregas... Luis Taviel de Andrade
Gloria Diaz... Teodora Alonzo
Gardo Versoza... Andres Bonifacio
Monique Wilson... Maria Clara
Chin Chin Gutierrez... Josephine Bracken
Mickey Ferriols... Leonor Rivera
Pen Medina... Paciano
Peque Gallaga... Archbishop Bernardo Nozaleda, OP
Bon Vibar... Ramon Blanco
Subas Herrero... Alcocer
Tony Mabesa... Camilo de Polavieja
Alexis Santaren... Olive
Chiqui Xerxes-Burgos... Father Villaclara, SJ
Archie Adamos... Olive's Aid
Fritz Ynfante... Anatomy Class Professor
Jhong Hilario... Prisoner Servant
Gina Alajar... Saturnina Rizal
Tanya Gomez... Narcisa Rizal
Tess Dumpit... Maria Rizal
Irma Adlawan... Lucia Rizal (as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan)
Angie Castrence... Josefa Rizal
Rowena Basco... Trinidad
Kaye Marie June Congmon... Soledad
Ronnie Lazaro... Don Francisco Mercado
Dominic Guinto... Young Rizal
Ping Medina... Young Paciano
Dennis Marasigan... Marcelo del Pilar
Gregg de Guzman... Propagandist
Mon Confiado... Propagandist
Eddie Aquino... Propagandist
Manolo Barrientos... Propagandist
Rolando T. Inocencio... Propagandist (as Roli Inocencio)
Gilbert Onida... Propagandist
Jim Pebanco... Propagandist
Troy Martino... Propagandist
Kokoy Palma... Propagandist
Richard Merck... Propagandist
Jess Evardone... Propagandist (as Jesusito 'Jess' Evardone)
Marco Sison... Pio Valenzuela
Joel Lamangan... Gobernadocillo
Tony Carreon
Noni Buencamino... Elias
Roeder... Basilio

Richard Quan... Isagani
Cristobal Gomez... Pader Damaso
Nanding Josef... Antonio Rivera
Ryan Eigenmann... Fernando
Jon Achaval... Fraile 1
Cloyd Robinson... Fraile 2
Marco Zabaleta... Fraile 3
Ogie Juliano... Padre Rodriguez
Minco Fabregas... Padre Sanchez
Shelby Payne... Fr. March
Pocholo Montes... Maestro Justiniano
Jesus Diaz... Madrid Instructor
Karl Meyer... Belgian Printer
LJ Moreno... Companion of Josephine Bracken
Bey Vito... Don Dorolco Onjunco (as Bhey Vito)
Kidlat Tahimik... La Liga Filipina Guest
Toto Natividad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Guinto
Roel Inocencio... Propagandist
The movie tells the life story of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. It covers his life from his childhood to his execution at the hands of the Spanish forces occupying the Philippines in the late 19th century. We are also thrown into the world of Rizal's novels (filmed in black and white), so we get a glimpse of how he viewed Filipino society under the Spanish heal.

One note, this movie is not for the faint of heart. There are graphic depictions of violence and even torture. The opening few scenes depict some episodes from Rizal's novels. In one a Catholic priest rapes a Filipina. I guess I now know where the Mestizo (i.e., mixed blood) class came from in the Philippines. In the other scene a Catholic priest beats a child for alleged stealing. Strong stuff, and it made me wonder how the Catholic Church could possibly retain any power in the country, if this is what the national hero thought about it.

The movie introduces us to the life of subjugation of the Filipino people under the rule of the Spanish friars. From the execution of three Filipino priests...
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