Top 5 reasons to watch Heneral Luna

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1. Top caliber performance from great actors

Most of the actors of this Jerrold Tarog film are underrated individuals who may not be amongst the league of the most bankable stars (read: blockbuster) in Philippine cinema but even though, these actors have earned different recognition and awards from various award-giving bodies here and abroad.

  • The lead actor John Arcilla who played General Antonio Luna, bagged the Best Actor Award for MMFF 1996 for the movie Mulanay; Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Urian 1998 for Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin; and many more.
  • In 2012, John was cast in the International movie The Bourne Legacy and received positive feedback and praises from Hollywood director Tony Gilroy.
  • Mon Confiado who portrayed the role of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo, have worked in many International films and as far as his acting is concern, he has been nominated many times in various award giving bodies in the country.
  • Nonie Buencamino took the role of Felipe Buencamino, who according to history was a turncoat and one of the people who conspired in the assassination of Luna on that fateful day of June 5, 1899.
  • Going back to Nonie, I was surprised to learn that he was in the movie and accepted the role of Felipe Buencamino whom he shared the same surname. I am not sure if they’re related but I give my hats-off to Nonie for that part.
  • Nonie is an award-winning television, film, and theater actor being nominated and won in different categories from various film and television awards.
  • Leo Martinez also played another ‘traitor’ in the Philippine-American War history by the name of Pedro Paterno. Historian Ambeth Ocampo called Paterno a ‘balimbing‘ because of his skills of changing sides to reach his political ambitions.
  • Leo is a Filipino actor, comedian, and director. One of his unforgettable characters portrayed on TV is that of Don Roberts for GMA-7‘s Ober Da Bakod sitcom. But aside from being a great comedian, Leo is also a serious actor. Currently, Leo holds the position of Director-General for Film Academy of the Philippines.

2. To realize how important freedom is


The Philippines has been colonized many times by different countries including Spain, Britain, America, and Japan. With every colonization, Filipino patriots and heroes emerged to defend our freedom and they fought to their deaths, sacrificing their lives for the love of the country.

HENERAL LUNA‘s message for the next generation is to remember that our heroes fought many battles just to keep our country safe from invading empires. HENERAL LUNA is not just a bio film of one of the greatest general we had but also a reminder for us to keep on fighting, to keep our nation free from corruption, greed, and crab mentality, which are part of the reasons why we our nation is still struggling up until this century.

3. Easter eggs

  • Spoliarium, a painting by Juan Luna was depicted on Gen. Luna‘s death scene in the movie. Watch closely when the Kawit soldiers pull and dragged the bodies of Luna and his trusted aide Col. Paco Roman to another side of the pavement.
  • Antonio and Dr. Jose Rizal‘s rivalry over a lady they were both in love with was mentioned in this film.
  • Nonie Buencamino played the role of Felipe Buencamino, a ‘traitor’ according to historians.
  • The number of bullets and bolo wounds that Antonio endured totaled to 30 before he succumbed to his death, but not before shouting the words, “Cowards! Assassins!‘ to his assailants..
  • The Isabel character played by Mylene Dizon was actually the girlfriend of Antonio, Ysidra Cojuangco.
  • After credit shows Gen. Gregorio del Pilar scene previewing another historical movie.

4. History accounted Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo may or may not have a role in the deaths of Andres Bonifacio and Antonio Luna


That according to one historian, Dr. Vivencio Jose, Aguinaldo treacherously planned the assassination of Luna for fear that the general might launch a coup d’ etat against his leadership.

Meanwhile, the death of Andres and his brother Procopio were attributed through the ‘orders’ of Emilio Aguinaldo.


5. This period movie stands true to what the country had been like in the 1800s

Overall, HENERAL LUNA is a fantastic period and historical war film. Jerrold Tarog is one amazing director, writer, and composer. He captured the rustic and classic environment of the Philippine-American War through the greatness of cinematography and original theme music. Thanks to the rest of the crew who made this all happen.

The actors are also superb in internalizing the characters assigned to them. Aside from John’s portrayal to Luna, we also congratulate Mon Confiado and Epi Quizon for giving life to the characters of Emilio Aguinaldo and Apolinario Mabini, respectively.

The acting of Joem Bascon, Archie Alemania, Alvin Anson, Art Acuna, Alex Medina, Ketchup Eusebio, Mylene Dizon, Ronnie Lazaro, and the rest of the cast, were all amazing and brilliant.

We also like how Jerrold gave the spotlight to each of the actors in the movie and executed all the characters in a way that each one of them will be highlighted in every scene. Lorenz Martinez who played Gen. Tomas Mascardo and Aaron Villaflor who played the fictional character Joven Hernando should also be given extra points for playing their role with convictions.

The script, the language used, and the dialogues were equally amusing and entertaining. I cannot remember any part of the movie that has a dull or dragging scenes. Maybe holding ‘call of nature’ is a testament of how great this movie is. I don’t want to miss any part of the movie thus delaying my visit to the restroom up until the curtain falls was intentional.

HENERAL LUNA is produced by Artikulo Uno Productions, Inc.

Watch the HENERAL LUNA Official Trailer here.

Our verdict

Please. Please watch HENERAL LUNA for your own sake. Please spread the virus of keeping this movie in cinemas longer before new films are released and replace HENERAL LUNA. Visit HENERAL LUNA on Facebook and support the page.

Watch the making of HENERAL LUNA here.


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Please encourage the cinemas to allocate more movie theaters for HENERAL LUNA because it is really a great film. And if you want to see more of this kind of movie (heads up, Gen. Gregorio del Pilar movie is next in line!), please support this movie and the next indie films that will be shown in the coming days.

HENERAL LUNA deserves 5/5 score on our review cards.

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