John Arcilla brings life to Antonio Luna in indie film; Heneral Luna kicks off school tour

Jun 25, 2015
John Arcilla (in photo) portrays Antonio Luna while Mon Confiado plays Emilio Aguinaldo in the historical film Heneral Luna.

John Arcilla will bring life to General Antonio Luna in the historical action epic film Heneral Luna.

Set during the Philippine-American war, Heneral Luna depicts the story of a short-tempered Filipino general facing an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla) wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the United States.

The infighting is fierce in the new cabinet but General Luna and his loyal men forge ahead even as his military decisions are met with resistance from soldiers who are loyal only to President Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado).

Ultimately, it is the general's legendary temper and pride that bring him to his death when a pack of presidential guards assassinate him in broad daylight. While American newspapers are quick to point the blame to Aguinaldo, the mystery has never been completely solved and the General's killers were never put to justice.

To bring the hero closer to the youth, the Heneral Luna school tour will kick off from June to August in thirty schools nationwide.

Organized in cooperation with Dakila, the forum titled “Bayani Ba ‘To?” aims to inspire cultural healing and critical thinking, reawaken patriotism and rekindle a deeper appreciation for Filipino history and culture among today’s youth.

Directed by Jerrold Tarog, the historical action epic based on the life and works of General Antonio Luna features John Arcilla in the title role, with a powerhouse cast of seasoned actors including Mon Confiado (as Emilio Aguinaldo), Epy Quizon (as Apolinario Mabini), Leo Martinez (as Pedro Paterno), Nonie Buencamino (as Felipe Buencamino), Bing Pimentel (as Dona Laureana Luna), Mylene Dizon, and young actors Ketchup Eusebio, Arron Villaflor and Paulo Avelino.

The school tour will feature a 10-minute preview, as well as interviews with the director, cast and crew.

Among the schools included are Mariano Marcos State University, Ilocos Norte (June 26), Isabela State University (June 30), PHINMA-University of Pangasinan (July 3), Xavier University Cagayan de Oro (July 10), University of San Agustin Iloilo (July 16), Central Philippine University (July 18), Holy Cross of Davao College (July 25), University of San Carlos, Cebu (July 27), Foundation University Dumaguete (July 31), Ateneo de Naga University (August 3), Bicol University (August 8), Baliuag University (August 12), La Consolacion College Malolos (August 15), University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (August 20), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (August 22), Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna (August 24), Adamson University (August 26), U.P. Los Banos (August 29), and Miriam College (September 7).

More schools and dates will be announced later on.

The Heneral Luna school tour was formally announced during the special screening held last May 29 at the Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Complex, attended by more than 150 students from different universities all over Metro Manila.

Supported by the National Youth Commission and the Student Alliance of the Philippines, the event was also highlighted by the keynote speeches of special guests TV5 host/multimedia personality Lourd de Veyra, Heneral Luna director Jerrold Tarog and historian Alvin Campomanes.

Heneral Luna opens in local theaters in September 2015.

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John Arcilla (in photo) portrays Antonio Luna while Mon Confiado plays Emilio Aguinaldo in the historical film Heneral Luna.
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