Movie Review: Alfred Vargas' Supremo

When will we change history? My professor in Kas I back in UPDiliman in 1993 made me believe that what was written in history is not enough to describe what happened to Andres Bonifacio. I have reflected on so many issues about history after watching Alfred Vargas' Supremo last night at SM Fairview. History was never fair to all the heroes of the country and for while I've began noticing how many similar instances in our history continue to repeat itself in the present generation, I've grown more attachment to Quezon City Councilor and award-winning actor Alfred Vargas' Supremo. Directed by Richard Somes whom we have grown fond of making movies with particular vivid detail on lights and colors like Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang and Yanggaw, Supremo is a three-hour long travel to the path of Andres Bonifacio's trail to Philippine revolution, The Supremo was supreme with the determination to push forward constantly battling to get his message across until death. Vargas, who also stops at nothing to push for his Supremo beliefs producing the movie and acting at the same time, proved that Andres Bonifacio was mighty courageous and brave despite the reality that guns are stronger than bolos and knives;  love for country shall be the strongest weapon to fight all odds. This particular detail elementary and high school students should particularly be keen at reading how Andres fought in history was well shown in the movie Supremo. (Except at the last scene how he was murdered which can be sanitized for children by editors). While watching the film, I remembered the words of my professor MC Guerrero on how the Katipuneros walked from the real distance of Diliman which extends as far as Mandaluyong to San Jose Del Monte Bulacan where the Supremo troops tried to take over the ammunition held by the Spaniards. Remembering my professor as I watch Alfred Vargas' Supremo and reflecting on the words of my professor interviewed by Howie Severino on GMA NewsTV Documentaries the same day, I thought of one question I wasn't able to raise in college. If Andres Bonifacio left us with a poem that spoke of his love for country, would that love for country be recognized if he was not arrested and sentenced to death by the Emilio Aguinaldo regime? What if he had succumbed all his pride and recognized the tyranny back then, would history be written differently? For three hours, I have grown more sympathy to Andres Bonifacio who should've been our national hero, to Alfred Vargas who should've been recognized for his efforts and for Supremo the movie which will only be appreciated unless promoted commercially like all the other films sensationalized on TV. Rizal wanted the Philippines to be a province of Spain while Bonifacio constantly and physically fought for freedom and independence. The same partisan politics, party-shifting and corruption we face today were already existent and while we constantly cry that history repeats itself, the indifferent majority is hungry and illiterate. The Katipuneros shown in Supremo are the same Katipuneros we have now, gossipy, clingy, disorganized and factious. Like Richard Somes and Alfred Vargas, I will simply choose to believe the truths that will make me feel good about my country and move forward. Although my questions may not be answered, I will choose the truths that will make my students appreciate our history better and I definitely recommend this movie to all, not just my students, but those reflecting on what kind of leader we want for our beloved country. This movie is better required than those the schools promote these days. Watch Supremo on Dec. 5 at all SM Cinemas nationwide. For special booking arrangements and inquiries, please contact Sonny Guingab at 09173225903 or email: sonnyguingab@gmail.com.

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