With the national elections around the corner, our thinking time is just about to be up. Socio-political film “Diyos-Diyosan,” which stars new dad John Prats, Princess Punzalan, Tirso Cruz III, and Kiko Estrada couldn't have come at a better time, bearing lessons that will make you really study those who are running for office before deciding to whom you'll give your vote to:
1. It is very close to real life, based on events that happened leading to the 2016 elections.
The movie spans three decades’ worth of events, which include references to several political rallies, crimes occurring in Metro Manila, and corruption issues hounding the government. All of these facts presented build up on the character of our presidential candidates, namely Rodrigo Duterte, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, and Jejomar Binay. For those who have questioned the significance of People Power will find “Diyos-Diyosan” a great crash course when it comes to understanding our country’s situation better.
2. It presents a balanced view of money and faith.
With the Philippines being a dominantly-Catholic country, “Diyos-Diyosan” explores how faith in God can reform even those who do not believe in a God, as embodied by Princess’ character Estrell. Even if John’s character, Bernard Mojica, does not believe in God, a reformed Estrell would make an effort to change his beliefs. In addition, the movie calls out the bad practices of some religious groups, which include block voting and accepting donations from politicians in exchange for favors.
3. The protagonist represents the bad traits of some of our leaders.
John's character epitomizes everything a public servant shouldn't be, commiting various acts of injustice, which include bribery and abuse of power. With our candidates presenting their good side, and their bad side slipping through their perfectly constructed personas because of the controversies, during this whole campaign season, it can be such a challenge to decide who to vote for, but we must take this seriously and choose leaders wisely. As “Diyos-Diyosan” would put it in their tagline: Sigurado ka na ba sa iboboto mo sa Mayo?
Diyos-Diyosan will premiere at SM cinemas on May 4.
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Photographs from screencaps of "Diyos-Diyosan" trailer.