Young actor EJay Falcon took time out from his television drama shows to shoot a film in Balangiga, Eastern Samar.
“Pag walang shoots sa kanyang teleserye, nagsu-shoot si EJay sa amin (If EJay has no scheduled shoots in his teleseryes, he faces the movie cameras for us),” informed Danny Marquez, the director of the historical drama “Balangiga 1901.”
Together with Danny and fellow director Francis “Jun” Posadas, EJay recently went to Balangiga town to perform exclusive shoots of the film on the real location of the 1901 mutiny of the natives of Balangiga against the American soldiers who invaded the Samar community.
From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, EJay, Danny and Francis flew to the Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City.
From Tacloban City, the three main creators of the film and select members of the creative team, took a van to Balangiga.
“Mahaba pala ang biyahe from Tacloban to Balangiga. Apat na oras. At walang signal sa daan kaya hindi ako makasagot sa’yo agad (The travel from Tacloban to Balangiga was far. It was a four-hour trip. And there was a weak signal along the way so I couldn’t reply to you),” informed Marquez referring to a call I made to him.
It was already near midnight when the contingent reached Balangiga. They went directly to the hotel to take their dinner and rest afterwards.
As early as the following day, Falcon, Marquez and Posadas were welcomed by the town officials lead by Mayor Randy Duran Graza, parish priest of the St. Lawrence the Martyr Church Fr. Lentoy Tybaco, Chief of Police Allan Calceta and author of the book “Hang the Dogs: The Tragic Story of the Balangiga Massacre” Bob Couttie where the story of “Balangiga 1901” was adapted.
Danny shot significant scenes with the Balangiga as the authentic background especially the ringing of the Balangiga bells.
“Nakunna ko ang mga importanteng eksena na nangangailangan ng (I was able to shoot important scenes which needed) realistic setting,” exclaimed Marquez.
After a few days, the group flew back to Manila because all of them had their respective media works to do.