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Mary Joy Apostol,
Humanizing A Hero and Deglorifying Strongman Leadership
From Heneral Luna to Angelito, I know Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral will have its own place in our history. Much has been said about how our present is a reflective of our past. These three films were beautifully and carefully crafted to attempt make sense of our present by looking at our past, particularly in our concept of leadership. The highlights of the movie, for me, are: the attempt to humanize a hero, and the consistent reflection in the different between a leader and an idol.
Goyo has shown that a hero is not perfect and is vulnerable too. As a young general, the movie has shown the struggle of Goyo in asserting his role in the battle. Moreover, his act of womanizing (which should not be condoned) proves that a hero should not actually be put in pedestal and be glorified for the courageous act he has done and turn a blind eye to things deplorable the same person has also committed. To acknowledge does not equate to idolize.
Lastly, the consistent critique on leadership and idolatry really plays an important theme of the movie because that does not only hold true before but it is more than ever today. Living under a strongman leadership, it is still frustrating to ask, why do Filipinos seem to have penchant for dictators? But as what history tells us, dictators fail, people don't.
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