Fri. Oct 7th, 2022

“1521” is produced by Francis Lara Ho, Hollywood actors Danny Trejo, Philippines’ Bea Alonzo and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, and Filipino-American actor-director Michael Kopan, together with the remainder of the solid, Costas Mandiller, Hector David Jr. and Terry Amos.

US-based Filipino producer Francis Lara Ho and Filipino-American actor-director Michael Copon are collaborating for the interval movie “1521”. A interval movie set in the course of the Spanish occupation of the Philippines, the movie stars the lead solid of actors, Filipinas B. Alonzo and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Hollywood’s Hector David Jr. of “Energy Vary” fame and the incomparable Danny Trejo (“Con. “Air,” “Machete” and “From Nightfall to Daybreak”).

Set for launch in 2023, the movie will depict a secret love story between Ferdinand Magellan’s military and this epic battle of pre-colonial Filipinos greater than 500 years in the past.

“1521 started with a need to create a Filipino story of heroism, hope and honor for the mainstream,” Ho defined throughout a digital media convention.

In addition to directing 1521, Copon would also play the role of Lapu-Lapu.

Along with directing 1521, Copon would additionally play the position of Lapu-Lapu.

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“Three or 4 years in the past, throughout Memorial Day in Might, I needed to show my children what it meant to be a hero, and I celebrated the final word sacrifice of People and Filipinos made right here in Puerto Princes throughout World Warfare II. considered.

He stated, “At that very second I felt that nobody is actually telling the tales of our nation and our individuals. If nobody takes motion, how will our tales be instructed?”

Ho then proceeds to search out out which elements of Philippine historical past haven’t been uncovered and shortly finds an ally in director Copan.

“We met in Washington and made all these nice relationships with different filmmakers, however most tied in on our single need to inform the Filipino story to a wider viewers,” Ho continued.

What began out as a plan to develop a documentary changed into a full function.

Trejo, best known for appearing in 'Con Air', plays Magellan.

Trejo, finest recognized for showing in ‘Con Air’, performs Magellan.


“1521” begins with the character Didi or Divata (Alonzo), who goals of being transported to the pre-colonial Philippines whereas exploring the ruins of an historic Spanish fort.

In her dream, she turns into a local princess who falls in love with Enrique (David), Magellan’s (Trejo) good-looking translator. As anticipated, their romance turns into battle.

Amidst their love story, historic occasions will probably be instructed largely from the viewpoint of Lapu-Lapu – believed to be the primary Filipino hero to steer a vengeance that defeated the Spaniards.

Copon, who starred in a number of hit American collection (“One Tree Hill,” “Past the Break” and “Energy Rangers Time Drive”), would play the position of Lapu-Lapu along with directing 1521.


Copon stated that he took on the movie venture to play his half in uncovering Filipino historical past and tradition.

“Folks do not know what occurred to Magellan. Some individuals in America suppose he has simply died. And plenty of instances, the historical past of the Philippines goes unnoticed, which is why our ardour is to embrace these individuals. It evokes us to embrace tales and tradition,” he defined.

“If you consider it, over time, we had Bruce Lee representing the kung fu tradition. So we even have superb tales of samurai and ‘Saving Personal Ryan’ for People. However we’re Philippine conflict heroes.” Do not hear a lot about it.”

In filling these nice gaps within the data of the individuals, what Kopon finds extra satisfying is with the ability to improve his Filipino heritage and tradition on the similar time.

“That is why I took it as a result of it is a no-brainer. I’ve needed to do it for the remainder of my life.”

He stated that the making of the movie will show to be a landmark in itself as it’s the first time {that a} Hollywood director and producer is engaged on a Filipino interval movie that includes each Hollywood and Filipino stars.

‘Straightforward Selection’

When requested how manufacturing got here to solid Bea Alonzo, Coppone stated the actress was a simple selection due to her spectacular filmography.

“After I discovered who he’s and what he has achieved to this point, it acquired me excited that I used to be directing B’s first worldwide movie. Together with his success and his expertise, he was the proper match for Divata. Sure,” enthused the director.

Copone additional acknowledged that the romance between Divata and Enrique could be the “coronary heart and soul” of the story and thus makes Alonzo’s position essential.

“We did not need to make a movie that was nearly preventing and conflict,” he defined.

Ho agreed together with his director that 1521 wouldn’t be a strictly historic movie.

“We did loads of analysis and consulted loads of historic specialists in regards to the occasions that unfolded however, we need to be clear – we do not make a historic movie. We’re not speaking about ‘Bonifacio’ or ‘Goyo’ right here. It is really a love story like ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. It is impressed by historic moments, however it’s not essentially a historic movie.”

1521 will probably be shot completely in Palawan, chosen by Ho and Copon for its stunning seashores and mountains. A proud Palaveno, Ho hopes to supply extra alternatives for his cabbies there by bringing the movie venture.

“After we did the casting, I used to be actually pleasantly shocked that there are some Palawanos who’re actually unbelievable at expertise. They only want alternatives and that is what we’re bringing right here,” Ho stated.

“1521” is scheduled to launch on June 12, 2023, to mark the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary of Philippine Independence Day.

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