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Baler (2008)

Baler is a love story between Feliza, the daughter of a rebel commander and Celso, a half-Spanish soldier, set during the twilight years of the Spanish regime in the Philippines. The young ... See full summary »

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Mark Meily

Writer:

Roy Iglesias (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Salvador ... Daniel Reyes
Jericho Rosales ... Celso Resurrecion
Anne Curtis ... Feliza Reyes
Andrew Schimmer ... Lt. Jose Mota
Joel Torre ... Commandante Teodorico Luna Novicio
Carlo Aquino ... Gabriel Reyes
DJ Durano ... Pablo
Rio Locsin ... Azon Reyes
Nikki Bacolod ... Luming
Mark Bautista ... Lope
Ryan Eigenmann ... 2nd Lt. Saturnino Martin Cerezo
Baron Geisler ... Capt. Enrique Fossi de las Morenas
Michael De Mesa ... Fr. Candido Gomez Carreno
Leo Martinez ... Col. Calixto Villacorte
Alvin Anson ... Gregorio Catalan Valero
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Baler is a love story between Feliza, the daughter of a rebel commander and Celso, a half-Spanish soldier, set during the twilight years of the Spanish regime in the Philippines. The young couple struggle to keep their forbidden love alive despite familial and political tensions, culminating in an almost year-long blockade known as the Siege of Baler.

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Taglines:

Love Is Worth Fighting For

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Viva Films

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (Philippines) See more »

Filming Locations:

Baler, Aurora, Philippines See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Trivia

Manager Wenn V. Deramas pulled out his talent, DJ Durano, from the production for alleged unfair treatment. Deramas said Deejay was hired as supporting actor, but he was only used as extra. Wenn said they accepted the Baler project despite the minimal talent fee, believing that Deejay would have a good role. Also for 10 straight days, Deejay's call time was 7 a.m., yet the actor had to wait for 10 hours for his take, the manager/director claimed. Wenn said he had to sacrifice the filming of The Only Mother to You All (2008) due to Deejay's absence for the filming of Baler. See more »

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Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman
Original Theme Song Music Louie Ocampo
Lyrics by Edith Gallardo
Sung by Sarah Geronimo
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The middle part dragged, otherwise a noteworthy movie
12 August 2013 | by Sirfaro11See all my reviews

"This is dragging too long", one of the character said referring to the Baler siege, the same is true of the movie. The movie started fairly well with the story of Celso (Jericho Rosales) and Feliza (Anne Curtis) meeting and falling in love, until the Baler siege happened. The whole middle part of the movie chronicled how the Spaniards sat inside the church waiting for reinforcement to come from Manila, not knowing that Spain is already defeated.

In between, there are small stories like Gabriel, the brother of Feliza who wants to be a priest ( this story did not materialize any further after Gabriel went out of the church), the story of the other Filipino/Spanish soldier, Lopa, who fell in love with Luming (Feliza's friend) and the political turmoil of the Spanish Filipino war.

Some have criticized the bad Spanish but I appreciate the effort the filmmakers made in making Spaniards speak Spanish. The make up, costume, cinematography are good and the details of the historical context seemed to be well researched. If the facts are true, I must say this is proof that Filipinos are really forgiving people. Even up to now, Filipinos are quick to forgive the sins of their leaders.

The filmmakers are laudable for the effort they gave in making a period movie. There was controversy in the source of the funding of this movie but I don't think money was wasted in this movie.


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