Eddie Garcia returns to Cinemalaya in martial law-themed movie

The actor plays a colonel in 'ML'

Alexa Villano

3:47:40am July 5, 2018

3:54:10am August 4, 2018

RETURN. Eddie Garcia returns to Cinemalaya for the third time in 'ML.' All photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

RETURN. Eddie Garcia returns to Cinemalaya for the third time in 'ML.' All photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Eddie Garcia returned Cinemalaya, this time playing a colonel who tortured teenagers in the martial law themed movie ML. (Cinemalaya 2018: The 10 full-length films)

This is the third time the actor took part in the festival. He won Best Actor for the movies ICU Bed #7 (2005) and Bwakaw (2012).

Speaking to reporters after the press conference on Wednesday, July 4, the actor said that the film will show the experience of those who suffered during the era.

He also joked that he had some fun "torturing" the teens in the movie.

"It was fun torturing the kids," he said in jest. "Hindi ako nahirapan (I didn't have a hard time)."

In the film by Benedicto Mique Jr,  3 teenagers led by Carlo set out to prove that the Martial Law era wasn't bad as people think. They approach a retired colonel (Eddie), to interview him about his experience during the time.

The visit, however put their lives in danger, as they go through the nightmare of martial law themselves.

The movie also stars Tony Labrusca, Lian Valentino, Henz Villaraiz, Jojit Lorenzo, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Chanel Latorre, Chrome Cosio, Richard Manabatm Maritess Joaquin, Kino Rementilla, and more.  

ML. Eddie Garcia with Tony Labrusca and the other cast of 'ML.'

ML. Eddie Garcia with Tony Labrusca and the other cast of 'ML.'

Return to FPJ's Ang Probinsyano

During the interview, the reporters also asked him about the beard he was sporting. He confirmed that he will be returning to FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, topbilled by Coco Martin. 

In the show, he plays the role of Don Emilio Syquia, one of Cardo's (Coco) enemies in the show, who originally was thought to be dead.

DON EMILIO'S RETURN. The actor confirms that his character in 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' is returning to the show.

DON EMILIO'S RETURN. The actor confirms that his character in 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' is returning to the show.

"Buhay pa si Don Emilio pero nag-iba ako ng pangalan para hindi na ako makilala," he said. (Don Emilio is still alive but I changed my name so people won't know who I am.)

The actor's most recent film was Ang Panday, which also starred Coco in the title role. – Rappler.com