Heneral Luna: More than just a historical piece

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THE much awaited historical epic movie Heneral Luna was recently screened in Davao City as the opening for its regional tour.

The screening, held at the Film Development Council of the Philippines-Davao Cinematheque, was graced by actors Archie Alemania and Epy Quizon.

“We are hoping that this film will inspire questions about our cultural growth and true nationhood,” said award-winning filmmaker Jerrold Tarog at then screening which was also attended by Palanca winner and Davao historian Dr. Macario Tiu.

The regional screening was spearheaded by Dakila, a collective of modern heroism. The film, produced by Artikulo Uno Productions, follows the life of one of Philippine history’s most brilliant military men, General Antonio Luna, as he tries to lead his countrymen against colonial masters new and old.

Dakila Davao President and student leader, Melissa Claire Barrera, said the screening in Davao City was significant as the city had its own share of “hero/anti-heroes like Heneral Luna.”

“More than just a historical piece, the film also explores how most Filipinos define heroism, whether the type of heroism we learn from history books is accurate, and how we can redefine heroism in the modern age,” she said. “Director Jerrold Tarog brillantly created an honest and realistic story about Heneral Antonio Luna’s heroism, a man who was not well liked, who made a lot of unpopular decisions, but is nevertheless, a true hero. We, all can learn a lot from watching this film.”

The cast is led by John Arcilla (Metro Manila, The Bourne Legacy), who memorably portrays the unsung Filipino hero. He is joined by some of the country’s renowned film, television and theatre actors Joem Bascon, Alemania, Paulo Avelino, Ketchup Eusebio, Quizon, Mon Confiado, Nonie Buencamino, Art Acuña, Ronnie Lazaro, Mylene Dizon, and Bing Pimentel.

A special 15-minute preview and trailer of the film, Heneral Luna, has been making the rounds in schools all over the country, along with forums regarding Filipino history and modern day heroism.

In Davao, forums were held in Ateneo de Davao, Philippine Women’s College and Holy Cross of Davao with thousands of students in attendance.

“Dakila values the importance of this film’s contribution in shaping the minds of this generation, especially the young people. The film disturbs our idea of heroism at this time when it is really hard putting other’s interest above our’s, especially when the odds condition us to think only of our own well-being, Barrera said. “We, the youth, must realize that becoming the best version of ourselves is embracing our inner heroism, that heroism begins in the mind and ends in action. It starts with one thought that it can be done, that we have the power to make a difference in this world. There is a Rizal, Mabini, Bonifacio and Luna waiting to emerge in everyone”.

School tours of Heneral Luna continue nationwide till September. The Heneral Luna Special Advanced Screenings in other key regional cities are set to happen on the following dates:

July 29 – Cebu City, Marcelo Fernan Press Center, 5PM-9PM
August 6 – Cagayan De Oro, Little Theater, Xavier University 4:30-8:30 PM
August 17 – Baguio City, FDCP Baguio Cinematheque, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
August 21 – Iloilo City, FDCP Iloilo Cinematheque, 2PM-6PM

Heneral Luna opens in theaters nationwide on September 9. For more info, check out www.facebook.com/heneral.luna | NewsDesk

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