Third Filipino American International Book Festival

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A film by Jerrold Tarog

Starring: John Arcilla, Arron Villaflor, Joem Bascon, Archie Alemania, Alex Medina, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Epy Quizon, Bing Pimentel, Paulo Avelino, Mylene Dizon, Alvin Anson, Nonie Buencamino, Lorenz Martinez, Leo Martinez, Ketchup Eusebio
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Official Philippine Entry to the 2016 Oscars FOR Best Foreign Film

Opens Friday, November 6 in the West Coast and other areas.

If you missed the pre-release screenings in August 31, watch the film now in several locations in the US.

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Watch teasers and trailer below.

Antonio Luna
de San Pedro y Novicio-Ancheta (October 29, 1866 – June 5, 1899), an Ilocano born in Manila, was a Filipino pharmacist and general who fought in the Philippine–American War. He was also the founder of the Philippines's first military academy, which existed during the First Philippine Republic. He was the brother of the painter Juan Luna.
Excerpt from

About the Film:
General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla), commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. After three hundred years as a Spanish colony, the Philippines must endure a new foreign power: the United States of America. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite want to strike a deal with the Americans. 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 Aguinaldo (Mon Confide). 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 blame Aguinaldo, the mystery of General Luna’s assassination was never completely solved and his killers never put to justice.

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Opens November 6

Chula Vista
AMC Otay Ranch at
Otay Ranch Town Center

2015 Birch Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915
11:05 AM / 1:55 PM
4:45 PM / 7:35 PM
10:20 PM
10:20 AM / 2:00 PM
4:40 PM / 7:25 PM
10:05 PM
10:20 AM / 1:25 PM
4:30 PM / 7:20 PM
10:10 PM
11/09 –
11:55 AM / 3:05 PM
6:05 PM / 9:10 PM

North Hollywood
Laemmle Noho 7 Cinema
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
1:10 PM / 7:00 PM
11/07 – 11/08
10:30 AM
1:10 PM / 7:00 PM
11/09 –
1:10 PM / 7:00 PM

San Diego
Real UA Horton Plaza 8
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
11/06 – 11/08
1:50 PM / 4:40 PM
7:20 PM / 10:00 PM
11/09 –
4:05 PM / 6:45 PM
9:25 PM

Opens November 6

San Bruno

Cinemark Century at Tanforan Shopping Center
1188 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 588-6052
1:20 PM / 8:15 PM

Cinemark Century 20 at Great Mall
1010 Great Mall Dr.
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 942-7441
10:00 AM / 1:10 PM /
4:20 PM /
7:30 PM / 10:40 PM

Santa Clara
AMC Mercado 20
3111 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, Ca 95054
(408) 919-0282
2:55 PM / 5:50 PM
8:45 PM / 11:40 PM

Union City
Cinemark Century 25 at Union Landing
32100 Union Landing Blvd
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 487-9347
11:45 AM / 7:15 PM
11:45 AM

Richmond / San Pablo
Cinemark Century Hilltop 16 at Blume Plaza
3200 Klose Way
Richmond, CA 94806
(510) 758-9626
12:10 PM / 7:05 PM

Teaser #1

Teaser #2


Behind the Scenes

Opens November 6

Other California Locations
— Carson: Cinemark Carson at South Bay Pavilion Mall, 20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746
*11/06 –: 11:45 AM / 3:00 PM / 6:15 PM / 9:30 PM

— City of Industry: AMC Puente Hills 20 at Puente Hills Mall, 1560 S. Azusa Ave., City of Industry, CA 91748
*11/06 – 11/08: 10:00 AM / 1:00 PM / 7:00 PM / 4:00 PM / 10:00 PM

Elk Grove: Cinemark Century Laguna, 9349 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758
*11/06 –: 11:45 AM / 3:10 PM / 6:30 PM / 9:50 PM

Covina: AMC Covina 17, 1414 N. Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722
*11/06-11/08: 11:45 AM / 2:30 PM / 5:15 PM / 8:00 PM / 10:45 PM
*11/09 –:11:40 AM / 2:25 PM / 5:10 PM / 7:55 PM / 10:40 PM

Oceanside: Digiplex Mission Marketplace, 431 College Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92057
*11/06 –: 11:30 AM / 2:20 PM / 5:10 PM / 8:00 PM/ 10:50 PM

Ontario, CA: Regal Edwards Palace Stadium 22, 4900 East 4th Street, Ontario, CA 91764

Orange: Cinemark Century Stadium 25, Stadium Promenade, 1701 West Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867
*12:40 PM / 3:55 PM / 7:05 PM / 10:10 PM

Temecula: Carmike Temecula 10, 27531 Ynez Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

West Covina: Regal Edwards West Covina 18, 1200 Lakes Dr., West Covina, CA 91790

Other States
Opens October 30, 2015
New Jersey
— Bergenfield: Bowtie Bergenfield 5 Cinema

Elizabeth: AMC Jersey Gardens

New York
New York (Manhattan): AMC Empire

Opens November 6, 2015
— Anchorage:
Cinemark Century 16, 301 East 36th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503, (907) 770-2602
*1:20 PM / 4:30 PM / 7:35 PM / 10:35 PM

Jacksonville: Cinemark Tinseltown 20, 4535 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216, (904) 998-2122
*10:45 AM / 1:45 PM / 4:45 PM / 7:40 PM / 10:45 PM

Tampa: AMC West Shore 14, 210 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL 33609

— Rockford, Illinois:
AMC Rockford 16, 8301 E. State St., Rockford, IL 60517

Skokie: AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18, 5507 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60077

Woodridge: AMC Loews Woodridge 18, 10000 Woodward Ave, Woodridge, IL 60517, (630) 972-1640
*11/6 – 11/8: 11:15 AM / 2:00 PM / 4:45 PM / 7:30 PM / 10:15 PM
*11/911/11: 1:45 PM / 4:30 PM / 7:15 PM / 10:00 PM

— Gaitherburg: AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18, 9811 Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
*10:30 AM / 1:20 PM / 4:20PM / 7:10 PM / 10:00 PM

— Southfield: AMC Star Southfield 20, 25333, Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034

—Inver Grove Heights: AMC Inver Grove 16, 5567 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

— Las Vegas:
Cinemark Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas NV 89122
*12:30 PM / 3:30 PM / 6:30PM / 9:35 PM

— Las Vegas: Regal Village Square Stadium 18 at Village Square, 9400 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas NV 89117

— Reno:
Cinemark Century Park Lane 16 at Park Lane Promenade, 210 E. Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502
*10:15 PM / 1:25 PM / 4:35 PM / 7:45 PM

— Columbus:
AMC Lennox Town Center, 777 Kinnear Rd., Columbus OH 43212

AMC Grapevine Mills 30, 3150 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051

Houston: Cinemark Tinseltown 290, 12920 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040
*10:10 AM / 1:20 PM / 4:20 PM / 7:20 PM / 10:20 PM

Plano: Cinemark Legacy, 201 North Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75025
*11:30 AM / 3:00 PM / 6:45 PM / 9:55 PM

— Alexandria: AMC Hoffman 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandra, VA 22314

Lynnhaven: AMC Lynnhaven 18, 1001 Lynnhaven Mall Loop, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Norfolk, Virginia: Cinemark 18 The Gallery at Military Circle
*11:40 AM / 2:35 PM / 5:30 PM / 8:25 PM

Virginia Beach: Regal Columbus Stadium 12, 104 Constitution Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

— Tukwila:
Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 12, 5910 South 180th Street, Tukwila, WA 98188

— Wauwatosa:
AMC Mayfair Mall 18, 2500 N. Mayfair Rd. Ste. M186, Wauwatosa, WI 53226


"HENERAL LUNA is a cinematic feat-- a landmark in Philippine Cinema.  It should be seen by every Filipino, especially by those who care strongly for their country."
—Briccio Santos, Chairman, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)
“I was blown away by HENERAL LUNA.  A film like this is
a gift.  From the initial choice of history as its subject matter to the clear commitment to question the meaning of nation, from the details in the wardrobe and the quality of the tableaux, the casting, the cinematography, the dramatic tension and the clever pictorial allusions to a forgotten and controversial past, this movie offers not just students and teachers but all country-loving Filipinos, both enjoyment and enlightenment.”
—Ramon C. Sunico, award-winning poet/author/editor

superbly crafted film that speaks to all of us Filipinos today.  Magnificent battle scenes, insightful writing, memorable performances-- thanks to its director Jerrold Tarog and its producers Fernando Ortigas and Ed Rocha.  For sure, one of 2015's best Filipino films.” 
—Jose Mari Ugarte, Editor,
HOLA Philippines
“Textbook history tells us about the tragic death of Antonio Luna, but fails to detail the events that led to his bloody end.  This film, HENERAL LUNA, reminds us that history does not repeat itself, it is we who repeat it. The film underscores the challenge that remains---how do we liberate ourselves from the past? Ambeth R. Ocampo
" A
compelling, well-crafted film on one of the most controversial figures of Filipino history."
—Max Tessier, international film critic/programmer
"Let me make this prediction:  HENERAL LUNA will be
a significant film in the history of Philippine Cinema."
—Clodualdo 'Doy' del Mundo Jr.
"HENERAL LUNA is a powerful film that will resonate with viewers everywhere.  
Amazingly crafted and wonderfully acted, HENERAL LUNA tells an incredible story.  It is truly a world class epic film.  You must see it in a theater to appreciate its nuanced glory."
—Steven DeMille, Chief Marketing Officer, Inception Media Group USA
“Congratulations to the filmmakers of HENERAL LUNA!   It’s that
rare film that challenges us to reflect on our history!”  
—Gil Quito, screenwriter (Itim, ‘merika)
raises the bar for Filipino filmmaking.  Its outstanding production values lend luminosity to this most engaging epic-action film.  With bold producers/filmmakers like Artikulo Uno Productions, there is now great hope for Philippine Cinema!”
— Fiel Zabat, multi-award-winning production designer (Insiang, Karnal)
a powerful examination not only of one man’s life but, more significantly, of the theme that Filipinos are their own worst enemies—a theme that resonates mightily in these times, when the body politic seems to perennially vote for politicians who almost unfailingly betray the public good.”
—Luis Francia, writer/historian/columnist (
Philippine Inquirer)
superb film HENERAL LUNA lets us experience our war with the Americans like we never did before. Some details may have been imagined as all historical films do, but its lessons for us as a people are real. The reality of war reflected in the excellent screenplay--through the outstanding production values of HENERAL LUNA--makes us realize the gravity of the sacrifice that our heroes made for our freedom today, and the price we pay for our continued disunity as a nation.  As a historical educator, I will require this film to my students. I will not let them pass up the chance to watch a would-be Filipino film classic."  
Michael 'Xiao' Chua, noted historian/academician
HENERAL LUNA, a finely-made Filipino film, is a stunning, tumultuous profile in courage, and one not for the weak-of-heart, nor for those who dread, or worse, are apathetic towards confronting the truths behind the largely officially unacknowledged crimes against the country's revered patriots of past eras. Brave, confrontational historical narratives like HENERAL LUNA, that choose to depict truths over lies about the Filipinos' past as a people--albeit in a more implied manner, or to at least revive conversations or discourses over such sensitive subjects-- need to be made again and again - until the country's history as we've come to know it ceases to repeat itself.  This film may keenly resonate with present-day Filipinos or followers of Philippine history as they may find themselves sharing the sense of deep frustration, if not exasperation over the Philippine's essential inability to direct itself towards the common good.”
—Chris Fallarme, US-based freelance writer

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