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Tandaan mo kung sino ka.note 
"Ano ba ang halaga ng isang bayani?"note 

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (Goyo: The Boy General), released September 5, 2018, is a historical biopic film starring Paulo Avelino as the titular Gregorio "Goyo" del Pilar, the youngest General during the Philippine–American War, who died in the Battle of Tirad Pass. It is written, directed, edited, and scored by Jerrold Tarog, and is the sequel to Heneral Luna.

The trailer can be viewed here.

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral contains examples of the following tropes:

  • A Girl in Every Port: Goyo has had a long string of lovers before he arrives at Dagupan. Though he seems serious about his courtship of Remedios, his serenades are punctuated with scenes of Joven reading through the many love letters he has from his previous lovers.
  • Ambiguously Brown: As with its predecessor, many of the characters are some form of mestizo, given how Filipinos generally tend to be mixed to various degrees.
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  • And Starring: Mon Confiado gets this citation, while Perla Bautista and Benjamin Alves both get "With Special Participation Of..." citations.
  • Animal Motifs: Goyo is regularly referred as the Dog and the Eagle. The former is used to mock him for his Undying Loyalty to Aguinaldo, while the latter is used to boost his morale.
    "Ikaw ang Aguila."note 
    "Mabuhay ang Aguila!"note 
    "Tahol, Goyo, tahol!"note 
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Again like its predecessor, the Tagalog used through the film is accurate to the time period.
  • Arc Symbol: Too much focus is given on Blood from the Mouth, whether from other characters or Goyo himself via his own Imagine Spot.
  • Arc Words: "Tandaan mo kung sino ka."
  • Artistic License – History: Lampshaded in the opening text, pointing out how the film is a mix of historical facts and fiction.
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  • Asian Speekee Engrish: How Garcia and his men taunt the Americans.
  • A-Team Firing: The Filipinos during the Battle of Tirad Pass, who only cause 2 American casualties onscreen. Justified, since the former at this point were exhausted and low on food, not helped by them removing the rear sights of their rifles.
  • Audience Surrogate: Joven serves as one, as he's a Non-Action Guy essentially caught in the crossfire between the Filipino and American forces.
  • Back for the Dead: Lieutenant Garcia, the sharpshooter Luna promoted in the previous film returns in this one and is the first Filipino casualty at the Battle of Tirad Pass.
  • Based on a True Story
  • Big Brother Mentor: Zig-zagged, Goyo's older brother Julian is supportive but he's a colonel, one rank below his brother, a brigadier general.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Like its predecessor, Goyo is littered with foreign languages; if you know Tagalog, English and Spanish, you can watch it unsubtitled.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: The Americans make a few good quips while they're pinned at Tirad Pass, with Private Simmons telling his major that he could really use some company up the road and Lieutenant McClelland agreeing with the trooper next to him that he would indeed love some beer.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In contrast to General Antonio Luna, who is a professional and experienced general hated by a number of Filipino soldiers and officers, General Gregorio Del Pilar is a far less experienced, younger general, who is generally admired and liked by the Filipino army.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Not that they've performed particularly well prior but following Luna's death, the Filipinos are so badly outmatched that they lose every single battle against the Americans after. Not even able to wound or kill a single American in some of them.
  • Death by Disfigurement: Goyo met his end via gunshot to the left jaw.
  • Defiant to the End: Manuel Bernal is utterly defiant to the torture and coercion he's put through after he's captured. Up to his death, he continues to insult Del Pilar.
  • Demythification: Compared to how his life is generally taught in schools (to the extent it is) and how previous Filipino movies have portrayed him, the film goes for a Warts and All approach and avoids putting him on a pedestal. This goes all the way to the moment of his death. Previous films showed the more romantic image of him being shot on horseback, saber upraised, charging at the foe (and the 1990s version even had him as pretty much the last man standing), which ultimately comes from an American newspaperman's account. This film follows eyewitness accounts from his own soldiers (including a Spaniard, identifiable in the film because he's called by name and only speaks Spanish) who said he was sniped rather suddenly and unceremoniously while standing on the ground, and this leads to a panicked retreat by his men.
  • Dirty Coward: The second Carrasco announced Goyo's death, some Filipino soldiers fled the battle, only to be shot down by the advancing Americans.
  • Distant Finale: While the film is set in 1899, The Stinger and Sequel Hook is set during 1935.
  • Divide and Conquer: Generals Otis and MacArthur mused that they thought about doing this at some point though it ended up being a non-issue because Luna was killed by his own side for reasons unrelated to the war.
  • Due to the Dead: At first, the Americans loot Del Pilar and leave his naked corpse at the pass. They later come back to give it a military burial.
  • Facial Horror: Goyo was fatally shot on the left side of his jaw.
  • Famed In-Story: Goyo is a celebrity for his earlier exploits in the Philippine Revolution, as well for his youth and ladykiller ways, and at one point he watches a play about himself held in his honor.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Del Pilar dies at Tirad Pass and Emilio Aguinaldo is captured eventually after two years of pursuit.
  • Gorn: We get a pretty vivid look of Del Pilar being shot through the jaw. Earlier, a soldier gets shot through the neck and the shot lingers on the large gaping wound.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When the film never shies on the aforementioned Gorn, Manuel Bernal's execution is only audible with the scene showing Goyo hearing it just outside the torture chamber.
  • Gratuitous English: The Americans, General Alejandrino's translator and Garcia and his men.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Aside from orders and Alejandrino and his translator, Carrasco exclusively speak in Spanish.
  • The Hero Dies: Via surprise shot through the jaw.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goyo suffers from some shell shock that seems to have started from when he got a grazing head wound from a previous battle, though he's also haunted by Bernal's accusations. It leads him to accosting a senile old man and nearly drowning in a stream.
  • Hold the Line: The fortifications that Goyo and his men put up at Tirad Pass was pretty effective in keeping the Americans back. It took them bringing up their sharpshooters up a hidden path that led them even higher up the pass to break the defenders.
  • Immediate Sequel: The film starts just a day after the murder of General Antonio Luna.
  • Job Title: The film's subtitle means "The Young General" (or traditionally, "the Boy General") since he's only in his young 20s.
  • Lady in Red: Remedios wears a scarlet saya during her and Goyo's (subverted) Dance of Romance.
  • The Magnificent: "Ang Aguila" ("The Eagle").note 
  • Mr. Fanservice: The eponymous protagonist is a good looking man, knows it, and majority of the women pine over him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Joven. He's the only notable character who never wields a weapon onscreen nor attempts to shoot back at the Americans, only being a photographer hired to take pictures of Filipino officials.
  • Overranked Soldier: General Jose Alejandrino is of the opinion that there is no proper soldier in the Philippine military, himself included. This is because Antonio Luna was the only one to study military science and many others are either appointees or competent but otherwise unqualified.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Lieutenant Garcia makes it clear that he will continue fighting for the Philippines. When asked if he hates Aguinaldo, he answers with this:
    "Kapag bumagsak si Aguinaldo, may ipanibagong titindig. Pero ito (gestures to Mount Tirad), hindi ito mapapalitan."note 
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The American soldier that catches Joven, and Garcia's son fleeing Tirad Pass opts to let the boy go after Joven slips and falls down the mountain path.
    • The American commander makes sure to get Del Pilar's reply letter to Remedios.
  • Present Absence: Antonio Luna's death, the circumstances behind it and the characters' different stance over it are felt throughout the film.
  • Protagonist Title: Three guesses who the main character is.
  • Robbing the Dead: The American soldiers stole Goyo's clothes and medals after they saw his corpse.
  • Scenery Porn: Mount Tirad gets many gorgeous, lingering shots of its beauty.
  • Sequel Hook: The film ends with some kids putting up posters for Manuel Quezon's 1935 presidential campaign and proclaiming support for him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Goyo is revealed to be one as the film goes on, having traumatic flashbacks from the Philippine Revolution as well as recent battles.
  • Warts and All: The film presents Gregorio Del Pilar in both good and bad lights. He's a courageous fighter and with some tactical talent, but he's also shown to be self-doubting and reckless womanizer. The first few scenes has him liquidating Luna's close allies, not exactly dissuading the accusations of him being Aguinaldo's loyal attack dog.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The remnants of Luna's troops do not integrate well with the rest of Aguinaldo or Del Pilar's command. They get into a brawl with some Kawit soldiers during the march north and refuse to volunteer to reinforce Tirad Pass until Lieutenant Garcia arrives.
    • There's marked friction between Jose Alejandrino and Emilio Aguinaldo, with their scenes together punctuated with the former demanding answers about Antonio Luna's death.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We're not shown what happens to Julian after he's deployed to Bulacan.