Yes, yes. We’ve heard it already: Heneral Luna is probably the best Filipino film we’ve had in a long time that didn’t involve John Lloyd or Joel Torre. In fact, you should totally watch it if you haven’t yet, and you should also wait for a supposed post-credits scene, and then petition the government to replace the guy on the 5-peso coin while you’re at it.
That being said, the first thing you will notice about John Arcilla’s take on Heneral Luna isn’t his heroism, but his historically accurate, epic mustache. We’ve scoured the annals of Philippine Cinema for comparably kickass examples of the crumb catcher, and here are the 8 we’ve come up with…
8. Tito Sotto
7. Christopher De Leon
6. Joel Torre
5. Rudy Fernandez
4. Chinggoy Alonso
Ah, and now, the plot thickens – and so does the lip rug. Acclaimed theater, TV, and film actor Chinggoy Alonso is just so darned respectable whenever he’s onscreen and looking like this. When he shaves off that beautiful lip-mane, he turns into Mr. F.
We’ll let the blackface slide if you just grow it back.
3. Jestoni Alarcon
2. Max Alvarado
1. Paquito Diaz
Dishonorable Mention: Coco Martin
I don’t know who told you this is a good look on you, Coco, but she lied. Take it off. Take it all off!