MANILA, Philippines - During the presidential campaign, one of the most frequently asked questions among journalists covering Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino was, “What the hell is Coco Martin doing in the crowd, professional video camera in hand?”
It turned out Martin was trailing Aquino to shoot his newest indie-documentary aptly titled “Noy.”
Martin is an award-winning independent film actor, famous for movies that, most of the time, have him shedding his clothes.
In the documentary, Martin portrays a cash-strapped man named Noy, who pretends to be an experienced journalist so he can land a job as a reporter.
Aquino was just a figure who helped set the background for the movie.
But the candid moments the camera captured reveals a lot more about the president-apparent than the 2-minute news reports we always see.
During the movie’s special screening on Friday, Noynoy was a special guest.
His sister, Kris, and her sons, Baby James and Joshua, tagged along.
Seated beside Noynoy was his girlfriend, Shalani Soledad.
Much like the election campaign, the line that separates the entertainment industry and politics was crossed.
If you didn't know the Aquino family and you'd just seen them that night, you’d think they were a normal family, catching a late movie on a Friday night.
They were munching on popcorn like everyone else.
There was laughter in the movie house when 2-year-old James quipped, “Noynoy! Ikaw yun!” when he heard his uncle’s name.
But the moment that had everyone frozen was when Martin’s character passionately delivered the line, “Hindi naman ako naniniwala dyan e. Anino lang yan ng kasikatan ng Nanay at Tatay niya.”
It was the very shadow that cast doubt on Aquino’s ability to run the country.
And there was Martin, larger than life on the silver screen, voicing out a lot of people’s opinion to Noynoy Aquino’s face.
In one scene, Aquino was shown dancing to the beat of his rap jingle, right before the shoot of one of his infomercials.
In another, we was clowning around with Baby James.
Many people say Noynoy lacks his mother’s charm and his father’s eloquence. But in “Noy,” we get a taste of his self-deprecating humor, often poking fun at his receding hairline.
This is the man who is set to lead the country for the next 6 years.
Kris said she believes the film is a good chance for the public to see another side of Noynoy.
She hopes it brings validation to those who voted for her brother, and enlightenment to those who didn’t.
But at the end of the day, it takes more than just a 2-hour movie to change the public’s opinion of Noynoy Aquino.
The next few years will either again cement the Aquinos as the country’s most influential family, or stain the name that has been attached to heroes.
Noynoy has six years to either disappoint his supporters or prove his critics wrong.
We have six years to find out which one he ends up doing.