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Director  Carlo J. Caparas
Running time  1h 36m
Country  Philippines
3.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Action
Music director  Willy Islao
Language  Filipino;Tagalog
Chavit (film) movie poster
Release date  2003
Writer  Chavit Singson (story), Carlo J. Caparas (story)
Initial release  November 26, 2003 (Philippines)
Screenplay  Chavit Singson, Carlo J. Caparas
Cast  Cesar Montano (Chavit), Eddie Garcia (Congressman Claro), Tirso Cruz III (Biboy Crisostomo), Pinky de Leon (Milagring Crisostomo), Dina Bonnevie (Evelyn Singson), Ricardo Cepeda (Titong Singson)
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Tagline  The man who changed the course of Philipines history.

Chavit, also known as Chavit Singson Story and Chavit: Blood Son of Ilocos, is a 2003 Filipino biographical adventure film drama produced and directed by Carlo J. Caparas starring Filipino actors Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia and Dina Bonnevie.


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This movie is about the story of Luis "Chavit" Singson (born 1941), a Philippine politician, and the Governor of the Ilocos Sur province in the Philippines. Singson started EDSA II in October 2000 when he alleged he gave Philippine President Joseph Estrada 400 million pesos as payoff from illegal gambling profits.

Estrada was put under investigation, but on 16 January 2001, a key piece of evidence was blocked in court, leading to protests in Manila and other major cities backing then vice president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo resulting in the ouster of Joseph Estrada.


The movie starts with the origin of the Singsons of Ilocos Sur. Then came the birth of Jose and Caridad's second son Luis. Then came a series of killings within the province. It came as no surprise, that the Crisostomos were responsible for the killings especially during the wedding of Luis and Evelyn Verzosa. Then, Representative Claro Crisostomo endorses his wife Milagring for the governorship of the province in 1963. This became the start of the "Operation Withdraw" where all mayors of Ilocos Sur are threatened to withdraw their candidacy. Chavit became the chief of police in Vigan. Then the barangays want him to run for mayor of Vigan. But, his father decided to run and Chavit ran for councilor. Chavit became the champion of the Ilocanos especially those victims of the Crisostomos, most especially Biboy. This became the start of the rivalry between the Singsons and the Crisostomos. Chavit sought the help of Ninoy Aquino.

Then came the burning in Ora Este and Ora Centro in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. It was perpetrated by Biboy. Then, on October 18, 1970, Congressman Claro was assassinated at the Vigan Cathedral. Chavit challenged Milagring for the governorship and won. Until Martial Law came. Biboy was convicted for arson and sentenced to life imprisonment. While behind bars, Biboy suddenly had a change of heart through bible studies. Afterwards, Biboy was released. During the People Power, Chavit was ousted, but due to his charisma, he was elected to Congress, and returned to his former post. Then came the controversy of Joseph Estrada, that led to the Second People Power.


Some of the characters were changed and their real names are enclosed in parenthesis.

  • Cesar Montano as Chavit Singson
  • Eddie Garcia as Congressman Claro Crisostomo (Floro Crisologo)
  • Dina Bonnevie as Evelyn Verzosa
  • Tommy Abuel as Jose Singson (father of Chavit Singson)
  • Tirso Cruz III as Biboy Crisostomo (Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo)
  • Pinky de Leon as Governor Milagring Crisostomo (Governor Carmeling Crisologo) (wife of Congressman Crisologo and mother of Biboy)
  • Clavel BendaƱa - Imelda Marcos
  • Marita Zobel as Caridad Crisologo (mother of Chavit Singson)
  • Rommel Montano as Chavit's driver
  • Ricardo Cepeda as Governor Evaristo "Titong" Singson (Chavit's brother)
  • Danita Paner as Anita
  • Jose Emmanuel Carlos as Benigno Aquino, Jr.
  • Tess Villarama as President Corazon Aquino
  • Willie Nepomuceno as President Ferdinand Marcos/Joseph Estrada
  • Joel Torre as Sotero
  • Production

    The role played by Dina Bonnevie was originally intended for Snooky Serna. In the scene where Singson was shown crying following his brother's death, the former governor was played by his real son, Christopher. Impersonator Willie Nepomuceno played two roles in the movie, first was for Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and the other is Joseph Estrada, one of his popular roles.


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