"La Paloma" is the theme song from Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, an entry in next month's Metro Manila Film Festival. That's Pupil frontman Ely Buendia, who appears at the 1:54 mark of the music video, singing.
Manila Kingpin is topbilled by Laguna governor E.R. Ejercito a.k.a. George Estregan, Jr., who is known for his over-the-top kontrabida portrayals in Pinoy action flicks in the '80s and '90s. Estregan seems to be fixated on the true-to-life role originated in the 1960s by his uncle, former President Joseph Estrada; the former had already essayed the role of Nicasio "Asiong" Salonga in 1990's Asiong Salonga: Hari ng Tondo).
I think if I decide to watch the movie it will be because of its excellent production values. It was directed by the multi-awarded Tikoy Aguiluz, (probably) shot digitally, and color graded in black-and-white. More importantly, it's the return of the Pinoy action film!
Here's the slick-looking Kingpin trailer:
Very promising, right? The running-gun-battle-on-calesas at the 1:47 mark is an especially nice, albeit unintentionally hilarious, wrinkle.
[Hat tip to Video 48.]
[15 December 2011 Edit]
The trouble with 'Asiong'Tsk. This is why we can't have nice things.
By: Bayani San Diego Jr., Marinel R. Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
What’s up with this gangster movie?
Director Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz VI wants his name removed from the credits of "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story," an entry in this month’s Metro Manila Film Festival. And female lead star Carla Abellana has been banned from promoting it.
Aguiluz made the request to strike his name—from billboards, posters and other promotional materials, including those posted in social media—in a letter drafted by his lawyer, Angel Enrico Mira Jr., and addressed to "Asiong" producer Scenema Concepts International. Aguiluz explained that the final version of "Manila Kingpin" can no longer be described as his film.
"Additional scenes were shot without the knowledge and presence of our client," the letter said. Aguiluz, Mira pointed out, wasn’t involved in the film’s "reedit, re-shoot and music mixing."