“The movie is not about politics, but a celebration of the life of Mayor Halili,” said actor John Estrada, who plays the late Tanauan mayor in the Ceasar Soriano biopic “The Last Interview (The Mayor Antonio Halili Story).”
“Nagusap na kami ni Direk (Soriano) na ayaw na namin mabahiran ng pulitika, dahil gusto n’ya talagang i-regalo kay Mayor Halili ang pelikulang ‘to,” said the lead actor during the recent special screening of the film at SM Lipa in Batangas City.
Less than 24 hours before Halili was assassinated while having the flag ceremony at the newly constructed municipal town hall of Tanauan City, veteran journalist and film director Soriano was able to interview the popular and feisty mayor.
The interview was supposedly geared toward Soriano’s plan of making a Halili biopic. In the said interview, Halili talked about his plans to combat illegal drugs, the controversies surrounding his “walk of shame” parade campaign, and his private life, as well as his dreams and aspirations for his town. But by a strange twist of faith, Halili was gunned down by an unknown assailant on July 2, 2018.
Being a good friend of Halili, Soriano still pushed through with the movie.
The film, which also stars Ara Mina, Martin Escudero, Mon Confiado, Yayo Aguila, Juan Miguel Soriano, is produced under GreatCzar Media Production.
“The Last Interview” opens May 22, 2019 in cinemas nationwide. (Report by Daisy Liezel Cuison)