BurgosVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.10 (5 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Joel Lamangan

Writer: Ricky Lee

Cast: Lorna Tolentino, Rocco Nacino, Allen Dizon, Ina Feleo, Dimples Romana, Bangs Garcia, Kerbie Zamora, Tirso Cruz III

Synopsis: Jonas Burgos (Rocco Nacino), an agriculturist, was abducted on April 28, 2007. At the heart of the pursuit to surface Jonas is Edita (Lorna Tolentino), the gentle-mannered widow of the late WE Forum editor and publisher, Joe Burgos (Tirso Cruz III). The film revolves around Edita’s heartbreaking and inspiring journey as a dedicated wife and mother to a willful activist, driven by her feelings of loss and hope. (PEP)

Running Time: 98 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0         Teodoro Jose Joaquin (Rappler)

Burgos is something to watch again and again, especially for its catharsis and impact. Perhaps its melodramatic treatment is imperative because this material otherwise qualifies as tract cinema (political cinema).” (Read full review)

4.0         Carmela Lapeña (GMA News)

“The actors give an excellent performance, particularly Lorna Tolentino. She is convincing as Edita Burgos, who is kind and yet firm, who forgives but continues to seek justice.  ” (Read full review)

4.0         Priscilla Pamintuan (Pinoy Weekly)

“Kahanga-hanga ang pelikulang Burgos. Sa pagpapahayag ng istorya ni Jonas, ng panunupil ng estado sa mga lumalaban at nagtataguyod ng progresibong pagbabago sa bansa, sa isang mainstream na odyens na maaaring simpatetiko na pero mas malamang na hindi, napakalaking paglilingkod na ang nagagawa.” (Read full review)

4.0         Abby Mendoza (PEP)

“Lorna Tolentino effectively evokes empathy with her subtle but compelling portrayal of Edita Burgos. The actress shines in bringing life to the subdued but resilient heroine of the biopic, making her audience feel that a mother’s love is indeed so powerful that it can fight for a cause, if not, change things.” (Read full review)

3.5         Maridol Rañoa-Bismark (Yahoo Philippines)

“While Burgos is about love, sacrifice and freedom, it is no melodrama. It has the quiet dignity of its lead real-life character. And it has a theme that is as universal as ever.” (Read full review)