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‘Heneral Luna,’ ‘AlDub,’ and a hopeful new start with Our Lady of Namacpacan

Posted on : 30-01-2016 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Movies, Reviews, TV

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Published on November 20th, 2015 at Inquirer.net

The movie “Heneral Luna” is a must-see for every Filipino trying to find his identity and seeking answers to what’s happening in our country today. And these days there seems to be a shining star hovering above us with the “AlDub” phenomenon (“#AlDub Fever,” Supplements, 10/21/15).

The spiels or nuggets of wisdom the “kalyeserye” offers serve as reminders of the time-honored values of respect for the elderly, chaste love, family bonding, sincerity, simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, among others. The more than 35 million “AlDub” tweets is an astounding feat. It could be an indication of the nation’s preference for the above-mentioned Filipino values, as verbalized by Lola Nidora of the “kalyeserye.” Lola Nidora suggests pleasant food for thought that every Filipino can relate to and that are essential in nation building.

Brothers Antonio and Juan Luna were from Badoc, Ilocos Norte, where a museum has been built in their memory. Their mother was from La Union where a town has rightly been named, Luna, in their honor.
The town of Luna was formerly called Namacpacan, an Ilocano word to extol the native trait of hospitality among the residents. It is here that the miraculous Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan is being popularly venerated today.

The story goes that Our Lady’s image was commissioned in Spain by an Augustinian priest assigned in Ilocos Sur. It was shipped to the Philippines in 1871, and was heading for Ilocos Sur when a storm forced the crew to seek refuge along the coastline of Darigayos, a barrio of Namacpacan.
When the storm subsided, they tried several times to continue their journey, but to no avail since strong winds would always force them back to the port. Finally, the ship’s captain decided to carry the image by land. But the carriage of Our Lady would not budge. So they thought that Our Lady, now in an old church beside the South China sea, must have chosen Namacpacan as her sanctuary.

Adjacent to the church is a museum containing the adorned dresses of Our Lady, lovingly preserved through the years. We once attended a 6:30 a.m. Holy Mass in Luna, and it was awesome to behold another majestic image of Our Lady on stained glass, atop the church entrance, as the morning sun shined through it!
In 1906, the town’s name was changed to Luna, from Namacpacan, but the town folks who became very attached to Our Lady of Namacpacan, kept her original name. By a special decree of Saint John XXIII, Our Lady of Namacpacan was canonically crowned on Nov. 24, 1959 (Novena to Our Lady of Namacpacan, The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception).

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Namacpacan we may yet discover our Filipino identity, as inspired by Jerrold Tarog’s masterpiece of a movie, “Heneral Luna.” Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, we may yet rise up as a nation to redeem ourselves and look to the future with renewed optimism to change for the better, for the sake of future generations. There is hope, starting with the coming elections, by choosing wisely the people who will lead us.

Contributed by:
CHING D. AUNARIO (chingauna@yahoo.com)

‘Heneral Luna,’ ‘AlDub,’ and a hopeful new start with Our Lady of Namacpacan

Posted on : 07-01-2015 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Movies, Reviews, TV

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Published on November 20th, 2015 at Inquirer.net

The movie “Heneral Luna” is a must-see for every Filipino trying to find his identity and seeking answers to what’s happening in our country today. And these days there seems to be a shining star hovering above us with the “AlDub” phenomenon (“#AlDub Fever,” Supplements, 10/21/15).

The spiels or nuggets of wisdom the “kalyeserye” offers serve as reminders of the time-honored values of respect for the elderly, chaste love, family bonding, sincerity, simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, among others. The more than 35 million “AlDub” tweets is an astounding feat. It could be an indication of the nation’s preference for the abovementioned Filipino values, as verbalized by Lola Nidora of the “kalyeserye.” Lola Nidora suggests pleasant food for thought that every Filipino can relate to and that are essential in nation building.

Brothers Antonio and Juan Luna were from Badoc, Ilocos Norte, where a museum has been built in their memory. Their mother was from La Union where a town has rightly been named, Luna, in their honor.

The town of Luna was formerly called Namacpacan, an Ilocano word to extol the native trait of hospitality among the residents. It is here that the miraculous Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan is being popularly venerated today.

The story goes that Our Lady’s image was commissioned in Spain by an Augustinian priest assigned in Ilocos Sur. It was shipped to the Philippines in 1871, and was heading for Ilocos Sur when a storm forced the crew to seek refuge along the coastline of Darigayos, a barrio of Namacpacan.

When the storm subsided, they tried several times to continue their journey, but to no avail since strong winds would always force them back to the port. Finally, the ship’s captain decided to carry the image by land. But the carriage of Our Lady would not budge. So they thought that Our Lady, now in an old church beside the South China sea, must have chosen Namacpacan as her sanctuary.

Adjacent to the church is a museum containing the adorned dresses of Our Lady, lovingly preserved through the years. We once attended a 6:30 a.m. Holy Mass in Luna, and it was awesome to behold another majestic image of Our Lady on stained glass, atop the church entrance, as the morning sun shined through it!
In 1906, the town’s name was changed to Luna, from Namacpacan, but the town folks who became very attached to Our Lady of Namacpacan, kept her original name. By a special decree of Saint John XXIII, Our Lady of Namacpacan was canonically crowned on Nov. 24, 1959 (Novena to Our Lady of Namacpacan, The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception).

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Namacpacan we may yet discover our Filipino identity, as inspired by Jerrold Tarog’s masterpiece of a movie, “Heneral Luna.” Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, we may yet rise up as a nation to redeem ourselves and look to the future with renewed optimism to change for the better, for the sake of future generations. There is hope, starting with the coming elections, by choosing wisely the people who will lead us.

Contributed by:
CHING D. AUNARIO (chingauna@yahoo.com)

Cinemalaya 2008 @ CCP

Posted on : 10-07-2008 | By : admin | In : Announcements, Movies

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Cinemalaya-LogoThe Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival is the country’s largest gathering of independent cinema. This year’s fest is the biggest so far, with some two hundred films both in and out of competition. It runs 11-20 July 2008 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Cinemalaya Kids’ Treat

12-13 July (Sat, Sun) CCP MKP Hall (4th Floor, CCP Main Building)
A marathon of indie flicks on/for/about children and young teens. In cooperation with the National Council for Children’s Television.

12 July, Saturday
10:00 AM — PEPOT ARTISTA by Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. (Cinemalaya 2005)
12:45 PM — SAAN NAGTATAGO SI HAPPINES? by Real Florido & Florido Bautista (Cinemalaya 2006)

13 July, Sunday
10:00 AM — GULONG by Jeanne Lim & Socorro Fernandez (Cinemalaya 2007)
12:45 PM — KADIN by Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (Cinemalaya 2007)

A Program Of Cinemalaya Children’s Shorts

Program A — 12 July(Sat) 10AM and 13 July(Sun) 12:45 AM
o PUTOT by Jeck Cogama (2006)
o ROLYO by Alvin Yapan (2007)
o TO NI by Vic Acedillo (2007)

Program B — 12 July(Sat) 12:45 AM and 13 July(Sun) 10 AM
o GABON by Emmanuel De La Cruz (2007)
o MAIKLING KWENTO by Hubert Tibi (2006)
o PARANG PELIKULA by Hibert Tibi (2006)

The Cinemalaya – NCCT Children’s Specials 2008

Program A — 12 July 2008/Sat at 03:30 PM
o SI PEPE AT ANG BULAKLAK by Milo Tolentino
o ANG HULING POSPORO SA KAHON by Hubert Tibi
o HUBERT by Noriel Jarito
o A SKIP FOR MY DREAMS by Monalyn Labado
o ANG BAKASYON NI CON-ON by Jerome Zamora

Program B — 13 July 2008/Sun at 03:30 PM
o THE DYING PLANET by Katrina Therese F. Olon
o ADAM’S FAMILY by Donnie T. Sacueza
o NAKNANG OFW by Noriel M. Jarito
o LAKAD NI SAMMY by Joel Ruiz

Supreme.ph has the complete Cinemalaya 2008 schedule.

Letters: Movie Trailers’ Ratings Must Match Movie’s Ratings

Posted on : 11-06-2008 | By : admin | In : Letters, Movies

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Sent: 18 March 2008
Show: (Movie) 10,000 BC

Dear Chairman (MTRCB)

My family and I, including my kids ages 6 to 11, watched last March 8 the movie 10,000 BC, which was given the rating GP by your office. Sad to say that though you were right in your rating for the movie, the trailers that were shown prior to it did not have the same rating. There was a trailer shown which I highly doubt was fit for kids of any age much less my own. If I were not wary of what was to be shown, and thus told my kids to cover their eyes, my kids would have had nightmares because of it. It was a trailer of a horror film titled Shutters. It was short but it was a compilation of ghost sightings which would give goose pimples even to the most mature of audiences. I hope there is a way that the MTRCB can monitor the trailers that accompany the movies approved by them in a way that the trailer is consistent with the rating of the movie. We watched the movie in Gateway Mall at Cubao.

Thank you for giving this letter the urgency it requires.

Television Advocacy Group
Makati Chapter

cc: Gateway Mall Cinemas