“Ang taong may damdamin ay hindi alipin”. – Heneral Antonio Luna
~Its raining outside, lightning breaks the far horizon while thunder echoed through the monotonous sound of the falling heavy september rain outside with no hint of stopping anytime. An afternoon flight lands on the nearby airport across the soaking green field eager to catch every drop. A caged bird chirp as a particularly fat drop of rain falls inside the metal bar and on its head. The electricity went out. A puddle begins to collect near the gate.
Perhaps there is no better way to go down the history lane, than being in the dark room, thoughts and snippets of the movie filling your mind as you will time to go away. ~
Okey, enough of those mushy stuff above. The real reason why I’m being nostalgic on the first two paragraphs is Heneral Luna, yes, the movie, and YES, THIS IS A VERY LATE POST. 😂 For those of you who are not currently in the Philippines, the movie is the country’s Official Entry to Oscar’s Award For Best Foreign Language Movie, and it’s still creating ripples among the academe and film community.
Luna, full name : General Antonio Luna, was a son of a prominent family who’s wealth opened a lot of doors for education, experience and opportunities. A man of many talents, his work in chemistry was recognized abroad, at the time when filipinos were still struggling to gain its own identity after being under other nations influence and power. Luna is a doctor, a poet and a journalist whose pen proved to be a thousand times mightier than a sword.
He has been a bright light of hope for a country in the midst of a tumultious era. A worthy general who was respected by his adversary for his courage, strength and dignity. He is a man who laughed at the face of imminent danger. He’s opponents in the film believed him to be half mad, like his brother who was said to have killed his wife and in-law, mostly because of his rages and unpredictable temperaments.
History was vague about his true love life, but I suspect he loved as deep as all the passion he has in fighting for freedom in his time. After all, they say he was willing to lay down his life in a duel with Rizal while both courting an unknown lady in France.
The film is superb work. Amazing cast. Good storytelling. Excellent cinematic effect. All the awesome things you want to see in a movie. really entertaining. It presented a deep, meaningful definition into the word “Bayani”. Something our youth can emulate and be proud of. A legacy to us all.
I am admittedly not a fan of historical films as it tends to bore me to sleep. But this one kept me wide-eyed from first to last scene. (Cried some too. )
Cinematic par excellence aside:
a. It reflects what we filipinos are known to the world for: laughing amidst problems, through crisis, across the storm, formidable spirits that we are.
b. A glimpse of present Philippine social and political situations (American allies’ presence in the Philippines and the government’s stand on the West Philippines Sea)
And lastly, no matter how BADASS a general you are, you will always be little boy/girl in your mother’s eyes. And you can still get slapped if you took so long to open the door. lol (yes, that’s on top of my most favorite scenes) 😂😂😂
LUNA BADASS LEVEL
HIS MOM- 350%
Antonio Luna – Filipino, Hero, Son, Human.
Go watch. It’s good for any day of the week.
Me with my officemates buying lot (and lots) of junkfoods.
While waiting for the movie to start
What’s your favorite movie?
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