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Sunday, February 12, 2023

The official trailer of Viva’s “Martyr or Murderer” immediately went viral and controversial

As expected the official trailer of Viva’s “Martyr or Murderer” immediately went viral and controversial since it was launched a few days ago. 

The movie which takes a deeper look into the lives of two of the most polarizing figures in Philippine history -- Ninoy Aquino and former president Ferdinand Marcos, was sure to create a buzz from both devotees and critics of the two personalities. At the end of the said trailer, the voice of the country’s current president BongBong Marcos could be heard telling his sister Imee: “Dinaya ako ni Leni.”

Whether that conversation took place or not, it certainly made the film a lot more interesting.

At the mediacon Director and writer Darryl Yap said  “I want to provoke viewers. I want them to react. Kahit ano. Kahit papuri man ito o batikos,” he said.

But he made clear, “I won’t create illusions while at it. I won’t create lies. Mas maganda kasi ang totoo at yun ang ipapalabas namin dito.”

He then ended, “Mabait na version pa nga yan e.” saying VIVA Films, the producer of the movie had to consult its lawyers first before approving the said trailer.

History is still written. The story of Maid in Malacañang continues…


“Martyr or Murderer”, the sequel to Darryl Yap’s Mega Blockbuster hit “Maid in Malacañang” is showing in cinemas on March 1, 2023. And as expected, there is great rejoicing over this film coming from the director’s followers and supporters who made #MOMTheOfficialPoster trend for two days upon its official release on Monday, January 30.  


On his Facebook post, Yap expressed his gratitude for the hype and enumerated the numbers of the reactions and shares that the poster received in just 2 days: nearly 200,000 accumulated reactions on all postings across mainstream media, 54,000 reactions on Vincentiments official pages, 17,000 shares, and 6,400 uploads on personal accounts and pages.

“Martyr or Murderer” recounts what happened to the family before and after EDSA Revolution, a sneak peak to their life in exile, and a brave discussion on the intrigues surrounding Imee Marcos’s exploits in Morocco. Did she really go into hiding and forge passports? How did her siblings cope with the sudden turn of events? How did the ailing patriarch and his Imeldific wife carry on with their lives after being stripped of power and dignity?


Furthermore, the film aims to provide answers to the unending hows and whys involving President Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos and his greatest nemesis, Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino, Jr.


How did all the strife between them start? How was Ninoy Aquino perceived by the people around him? Why was his death blamed on the Marcoses?  


And all these questions lead to even bigger ones: Who is the real martyr? Who is the real murderer?


Cristine Reyes, Cesar Montano, Ruffa Gutierrez, , Diego Loyzaga, and Ella Cruz reprise their roles as Imee Marcos, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, Bongbong Marcos and Irene Marcos.


Isko Moreno plays Ninoy Aquino. Jerome Ponce plays the young Ninoy. The powerhouse cast also includes Marco Gumabao as the young Marcos Sr., Cindy Miranda as the young Imleda, Elizabeth Oropesa and Beverly Salviejo as the remaining maids of the Marcos Family, and Rose Van Ginkel as Maricar, Imee’s confidante during in Morocco.  


Their story continues to unfold on the big screen. Watch “Martyr or Murderer” March 1 in cinemas nationwide.

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