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“Heneral Luna” Premieres in New York City

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NEW YORK, 30 August 2015 -- Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. joined the Filipino-American community in celebrating National Heroes Day at the screening of the film “Heneral Luna” on August 30, 2015 at the Anthology Film Archives in Lower East Manhattan.  The movie played to a capacity crowd of Filipino-American community members as well as Philippine history buffs and film enthusiasts.


In his opening remarks, the Consul General recalled how historians always regarded General Antonio Luna as the most brilliant of the Filipino military officers during the Philippine-American War. As described in history texts, General Luna  was a military officer gifted with a quick mind but burdened with an equally quick temper which often caused conflict within the revolutionaries’ ranks, including the then-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Apolinario Mabini and even President  Aguinaldo himself.

“I share the view of the writer and the producer of the film, Ed Rocha, that the film will rekindle a deeper sense of appreciation for Filipino history and culture and with the hope that it will inspire a cultural awakening, especially with the younger generations of Filipinos”, stated Consul General de Leon.  

The movie impressed the Filipino-American viewers, young and old, as it portrayed a patriotic, blunt and poetic Heneral Luna. “The film “Heneral Luna’ is compelling as it exposes Luna’s heroism through his confrontational anti heroism acts”, commented the viewers.  “A significant and powerful film that must be watched, especially by the younger ones” added a community leader.

The Consul General commended the Filipino community organizers for making the film screening a reality in New York, and expressed appreciation as well to writer and co-producer  Ed Rocha and Francisco Ortigas  and its Director Mr. Jerrold Tarog for sharing the film to the audience through its  advance screening in New York.


During the talk back, Mr. Luis Francia, Hunter University History Professor and  author of “A History of the Philippines From Indios Bravos to Filipinos”, noted  how rich  the Philippines has with stories that still need to be told by the film makers. He also highlighted the tribalism that led to grave divisions in the revolutionary movement  which led to assassinations of Antonio Luna, Andres Bonifacio and others which were crucial in the revolution’s eventual defeat. He opined that such mentality remained a challenge in the Philippines today. 

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