Just came across this, and I absolutely NEED to share this on my blog!

Synopsis of the film, directly from the website:

Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.

In 1898, General Antonio Luna ( John Arcilla ), commander of the revolutionary army, is spoiling for a fight. The Philippines, after three hundred years as a Spanish colony, has unwillingly come under American rule. General Luna wants to fight for freedom but members of the elite would rather strike a deal with the United States. 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 Confiado ). 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 are quick to point the blame to Aguinaldo, the mystery has never been completely solved and the General’s killers were never put to justice.

All I can say about this film, based on the trailer: THE CINEMATOGRAPHY! THE HISTORY (from the Filipino side of the Philippine-American War)! THE non-teleserye ACTING! PAULO AVELINO!

And I can’t wait to watch this film when I go back home (as in, the Motherland of My Ancestors)! Ahh!

Pinay’Merican: Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros

Pinay’Merican is a series of personal entries about exploring identity, as a Filipino-American, an aspiring writer, and a millennial. This is also kinda sorta for my final project in Asian American Media this semester.

During Thanksgiving break, I watched Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros) by Filipino filmmaker, Auraeus Solito. This 2005 film is a coming-of-age story about a boy who lives in the slums of Manila with his two older brothers and father. He faces a dilemma where his loyalty to his family is tested by his infatuation for the new police officer, in the midst of a murder investigation. Continue reading Pinay’Merican: Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros