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Luna goes to Oscars

“We are happy to announce and share with everyone the good news that Heneral Luna has been selected as the Philippines’ Official Entry to the 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film Category!” was the text message of actor Alvin Anson, who plays General José Alejandrino in the historical-action biopic.

A statement from executive producer Fernando Ortigas and producer E.A. Rocha stated: “There are no words for the tremendous pride and honor that we feel, with the film being chosen to officially represent our country to the Oscars.”

The soldiers of Antonio Luna in Heneral Luna

Ortigas and Rocha feel that Heneral Luna deserves to be chosen as the country’s entry because the epic film “celebrates the Filipinos as a nation — in the richest and most complex ways.”

The much talked about movie by Jerrold Tarog showed some controversial events in the history of the Philippines during the struggle against the American colonizers. Antonio Luna was depicted as the unifying force behind the revolt of the brave Filipinos.

 “I am very blessed. Pwede na rin pala akong maging bida. Salamat sa Diyos. Para sa bayan,” said lead actor John Arcilla.

The film opened nationwide on Sept. 9.

The announcement coincides with the upcoming theatrical release of the film in the United States in October/November 2015.

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