The Last Journey of Ninoy: As Told by Cory Aquino

With the recent death of the former president, many of us did not know that she had an interview about her husband Ninoy Aquino months ago. It was supposed to be in preparation for the 25th anniversary of Ninoy’s death on August 21. This project was a collaboration of the Benigno Aquino Jr. Foundation and Unitel Productions as a tribute to the late hero of democracy.

I was one of the lucky people to watch the docu-drama at Rockwell Cinema 4 last August 13 during the media premier. I was actually late because I had to finish some unexpected overtime work at the office; arrived 20 minutes before the end of the documentary. It was actually the climax of Ninoy’s life where he was narrating his last few days before coming back to Manila. Bam Aquino, Ninoy’s nephew, portrayed his uncle’s role. I believe that he’s the only person who can portray his uncle, aside from the very obvious resemblance. He revealed that he was very hesitant at first because he’s not really an actor but when he learned that the the people involved in the film were working for free, he agreed to do the docu-film.

Anyway, the images of him being escorted by the police escorts from the aircraft are common but it was different when I saw it in the big screen. Accompanied with the narration of Ninoy’s brother, Paul Aquino (Ninoy’s thought voice) and the background music, it brought me teary-eyed. And the thought of “how I wish Ninoy Aquino wasn’t killed” kept on replaying in my head.

Nobody knew about this project (except the people involved of course) but it was pre-empted by the death of the former president. Watching the docu-drama will make you feel that it’s Ninoy and Cory talking to each other, narrating their story and finishing each other’s sentences. I should say that the flow of the conversations just came naturally and wasn’t forced. This is what makes the documentary special. It’s not just the usual narration of a third person but there was creativity involved.

The docu-drama was directed by Jun Reyes and produced by Unitel Productions. It will first be shown on ABS-CBN and Studio 23 on August 23 (Sunday) at 10:30 pm and will also be shown in Rockwell Cinemas soon. Part of the ticket sales will be donated to the Benigno Aquino Jr. Foundation. I think that this is a good way to let the young ones know how this couple (Ninoy and Cory) show the importance of maintaining democracy. Good thing is that the producers are already talking to some schools so that they can show the film to the students. I just realized that by watching this film, it will make you feel good about being a Filipino. I know it may sound too unrealistic but despite of all the flaws that we see in our present government, it gives us a little hope that there will be a day when we will be able to surpass this political dilemma. This docu-film is highly recommended to be seen by every FIlipino to further appreciate who we are.

Watch the short interview Ka Edong did (and my showbiz question) with Bam Aquino here.

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