‘Heneral Luna’ available online for Independence Day

'Heneral Luna'

‘Heneral Luna’

By Dennis Clemente

Cinetropa.com, the first Filipino-movie streaming site, is celebrating Philippine Independence Day with the first global streaming of the critically acclaimed “Heneral Luna” starting June 2.

The movie will be available online in HD for P288 or $6.99 for those watching outside the Philippines. For this amount, viewers will also get to watch two other movies —“K’na The Dreamweaver” and “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (The First President),” a promo package available throughout the month.

“Heneral Luna” was the official Philippine entry to the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category last year and has become the most successful independent Filipino film of all time.

Set during the Philippine-American war, the epic recounts the tragic story of General Antonio Luna, commander of the Philippine Revolutionary Army and its most brilliant general, who faced an enemy more treacherous than any foreign colonizer: his own countrymen.

Directed by Jerrold Tarog, the film stars award-winning actor John Arcilla as General Luna. The producers of “Heneral Luna,” Artikulo Uno, decided to stream the movie online for Filipinos and even non-Filipinos to commemorate Philippine Independence Day on a global scale.

Two of the inspiring patriotic Filipino movies that will be free for “Heneral Luna” PPV customers are “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (The First President)” and “K’na The Dreamweaver.”

“Bonifacio” won more than 20 awards, including Best Picture from the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), FAMAS and the PMPC Star Awards as well as five Gawad Urian nominations.

The producers, Tuko Film Productions and Buchi Boy Films, have since re-edited the film and created a more lucid and powerful international version. Tuko Film Productions and Buchi Boy Films are also the producers of “Heneral Luna.”

“K’na The Dreamweaver” is a timeless fable set in the world of the T’bolis, one of several ancient tribal cultures that survived in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
Directed by Ida del Mundo, the award-winning love story tells the tale of a young T’boli princess who must choose between love and the reconciliation of her village’s warring clans, which has separated the T’bolis into two villages.

“Heneral Luna” and “Bonifacio” carry seven or more subtitles, including Chinese, English, French, Italian and Spanish for its growing global audience.

Other films streaming at Cinetropa include King Palisoc’s crime drama, “Tandem”, which won the Silver Remi in the Suspense/Thriller category of the 49th Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival, held recently in Texas.

The more recent films of Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. (screenwriter of such classics as “Maynila Sa Kuko ng Liwanag” and “Kisapmata”) are also at Cinetropa. These are “Pepot Artista,” “Made in Singapore” and “Paglipad ng Anghel (Flight of an Angel).” Also available are the acclaimed LGBT documentary titled “Jazz in Love.” the Coco Martin-starrer “Jay” and the controversial feature “MNL 143.”

Cinetropa is the only movie-streaming site in the market exclusively dedicated to Filipino films. Aside from independent titles, the site will soon showcase classic Filipino favorites. With a starting rate of $3.99 in the U.S. and other countries, and P190 for Philippine viewers, film enthusiasts can now enjoy a wide range of Filipino movies in HD online.

Cinetropa is backed by Filipino independent producers and investors, with the purpose of providing local filmmakers more exposure for their films on a global scale both for Filipinos and non-Filipinos discovering or exploring Philippine cinema and culture. Cinetropa.com is made possible by the help and support of the Film Development and Council of the Philippines.

'K’na The Dreamweaver'

‘K’na The Dreamweaver’

'Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo'

‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’

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