Kapuso actor Alden Richards is set to portray Palanca awardee Bonifacio “Boni” Ilagan in a special produced by GMA News and Public Affairs about Martial Law. The special, which commemorates the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, will follow the journey of Boni as he recalls his days as an idealistic youth and his eventual capture and torture under the hands of the Philippine Constabulary.
His recollections will be put to life in a short film written by Boni himself where Alden will play the young Boni. The short film will be directed by Adolf Alix, Jr. The documentary will follow the making of the short film with behind the scenes clips and interviews from personalities who experienced Martial Law atrocities first hand. It will also follow how Alden, a self-professed millennial, learns lessons from Boni’s past—a past belonging to a collective memory of a time that one should never forget. The special presentation will air soon on GMA-7.