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BY ELLEN TORDESILLAS: AQUINO, DEL ROSARIO AND GAZMIN SHOULD WATCH 'HENERAL LUNA'


SEPTEMBER 21 -By Ellen Tordesillas I watched “Heneral Luna” last Friday at Southmall in Las Pinas and I witnessed something that re-affirmed my faith in the Filipino: after the screening the students in the audience clapped. I should not be worrying much about the future of our country. Actress, writer and director Bibeth Orteza, who is a member of the board of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board posted a suggested in Facebook: “I'm saying this in my individual capacity, not as a member of the MTRCB. If I were the producer of "Heneral Luna," I'd bring the film back to the MTRCB, seek a lower audience rating classification, and then bring it around the country for a school tour.” Heneral Luna is rated R-13, which means only those age 13 and above can watch the movie. It must be because of the violent scenes in the movie, which were essential to underscore the intensity of the power struggle at that time. I myself had to close my eyes in the murder scene. Joji Villanueva Alonso commented on Bibeth’s post: “Sadly, the MTRCB rules do not allow another review of the film, after the lapse of 5 days from receipt of the first permit. The producers would have to submit a new cut altogether of the new film to get another rating. In any event, school screenings won't be a problem - this is really the next step” That’s good to know. But the ones who really need to watch “Heneral Luna” are our officials who still look up to America as savior led by no less than President Aquino. Oh well, with Albert del Rosario as foreign secretary and Voltaire Gazmin as defense secretary, what do we expect. “Heneral Luna” is film about Antonio Luna, the hot- tempered commander of the revolutionary army played brilliantly by John Arcilla. Under the competent direction of Jerrold Tarog, the movie brings us back more than a century ago when the country, after 300 years of being a colony of Spain, was faced with another colonial master: United States of America. Luna, one of the talented and highly-educated Luna brothers, wanted genuine independence for Filipinos but the members of economic elite preferred to be under the Americans. Luna’s remarks to the pro-Americans in the Aguinaldo Cabinet, namely Felix Buencamino and Pedro Paterno, were sharp and biting. READ MORE...

ALSO By Teddy Locsin, Jr: Unbelievable stupidity


SEPTEMBER 23 -The DNA test to establish Grace Poe's racial credentials as a Filipino is wrong in every way. You are Filipino if no one can prove you are not. No person should ever be put to the test of their religion or race, not least because our race is widely regarded as inferior, as opposed to the Chinese, Japanese, American and European races in every field except amateur singing, and the African race in athletics.
We are short and lack the majesty and easy grace that height confers. Despite our diminutive size, however, we lack the speed of a cockroach. Our only quality is our decency. We have never indulged in mass murder, unlike the races aforementioned; Rwanda being the latest manifestation of the common characteristic shared by the superior races. On the contrary, we Filipinos are given to gestures of mass kindness as when de Lima offered to take in Rohingyas fleeing Buddhist mass murderers. The problem with a DNA as legal proof of ethnicity to qualify for the presidency is that it will be used after we are invaded by a superior race to establish which of us has enough of the invader’s DNA to go on living in the country they conquered. After all even Nazis let Jews live provided they proved a legal minimum of Germanicness. Grace Poe was turned over to her adopted parents in the Philippines, as a foundling found there, and not shipped from elsewhere. When she was grown up she married an obviously ethnic Filipino—just going by the height or lack thereof of the bridge of his nose. (Mine is Roman in altitude.) And then she did what all Filipinos are dying to do except those too lazy to work: she adopted the citizenship of the United States. There she worked at a wholesaler’s. READ MORE...

ALSO By Ellen Tordesillas: Aguinaldo descendant says Antonio Luna not assassinated


SEPTEMBER 25 -Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya is a great grandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, considered as the first President of the Philippines (1899–1901). Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya is a great grandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, considered as the first President of the Philippines (1899–1901). Aguinaldo was head of the revolutionary forces that proclaimed Philippine independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. The current box office sensation is Jerrold Tarrog’s “Heneral Luna”, a movie about Gen. Antonio Luna, the disciplinarian and temperamental commander of the Philippine Revolutionary Forces. Tarrog’s “Heneral Luna” was based on the book “The Rise and Fall of Antonio Luna” by retired University of the Philippines Professor Vivencio R. Jose. The most powerful scene in the movie was the brutal assassination of Luna. Scenes previous to that suggested it was on orders of Aguinaldo.So powerful is that scene that it’s almost impossible not to hate Aguinaldo after watching it. Interviewed Thursday on the “Heneral Luna” movie, Abaya said “I've read enough books, there are other versions. As to what really transpired, I don't think he (Luna) was assassinated." Abaya’s comment instantly drew derision in social media reminiscent of his notorious remark about Metro Manila traffic “not fatal.” Jowana Bueser said, “Hindi ‘assassination’? Suicide ba ang ikinamatay ni Heneral Luna? “Mawalang galang na po Sir, hindi tulad nang pagkakaintindi mo sa trapik, ang mga sugat na natamo ni Luna ay fatal.” Eimee C. Lagrama said: :”Paano yun? Tinaga nya sarili nya?” Ging Villanueva Gumabay dripped with sarcasm: “Likas lang daw kasing bayolente ang pagkatao ni Luna kaya't tinaga at binaril nya ang kanyang sarili.” So was Marilyn Robles, a Lupus patient, “Ah nakatayo kasi sa initan si Gen. Luna. Hinimatay. Nilapitan. Patay.” READ MORE...

ALSO Aguinaldo great-grandson Abaya on 'Heneral Luna': He wasn't assassinated


SEPTEMBER 24 -What assassination? Abaya says Antonio Luna wasn't killed by Aguinaldo's men POLITICS.COM "I don't think he was assassinated."  This is what Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said when he was asked about his views on the critically acclaimed biopic "Heneral Luna," a film that centers on the life and death of General Antonio Luna, one of the country's greatest heroes during the Philippine-American war. Abaya is the great-grandson of former President Emilio Aguinaldo, who had been linked to the assassination of Luna. "I've read enough books, there are other versions. I don't think he was assassinated," Abaya said on Thursday. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) chief said however he has yet to watch the film, but he will encourage his children to watch it. Abaya has always been a staunch defender of his great grandfather, saying that he will always protect the name "Emilio Aguinaldo." He had been quoted as saying that he was always ready to defend Aguinaldo. "Lahat kami sinasagot 'yun. He is my great grandfather. 'Yung pagiging 'Emilio Aguinaldo,' bahagi na ng pagkatao ko at kailangan ko pangalagaan ang pangalan na 'yun," Abaya said back in May. Heneral Luna, produced by Artikulo Uno Productions, is a historical film directed by Jerrold Tarrog. It is the Philippines' official entry to the 2016 Oscar Awards. THIS IS FULL REPORT-- Report from Jon Carlos Rodriguez, Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

ALSO WATCH VIDEO: Abaya criticized for statement 'Luna not assassinated'

SEPTEMBER 26 -Watch premium ANC videos on iWantv or TFC.tv The movie "Heneral Luna" is making people appreciate Philippine history and its relevance to the present. But it also showed us how some Filipinos, especially the young ones, are clueless about the past. - ANC, The World Tonight, September 25, 2015 VIDEO REPORT BELOW....


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Aquino, Del Rosario and Gazmin should watch 'Heneral Luna'


By Ellen Tordesillas

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 (ABS-CBN) By Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at 09/21/2015 1:15 AM - I watched “Heneral Luna” last Friday at Southmall in Las Pinas and I witnessed something that re-affirmed my faith in the Filipino: after the screening the students in the audience clapped.

I should not be worrying much about the future of our country.

Actress, writer and director Bibeth Orteza, who is a member of the board of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board posted a suggested in Facebook: “I'm saying this in my individual capacity, not as a member of the MTRCB. If I were the producer of "Heneral Luna," I'd bring the film back to the MTRCB, seek a lower audience rating classification, and then bring it around the country for a school tour.”

Heneral Luna is rated R-13, which means only those age 13 and above can watch the movie. It must be because of the violent scenes in the movie, which were essential to underscore the intensity of the power struggle at that time. I myself had to close my eyes in the murder scene.

Joji Villanueva Alonso commented on Bibeth’s post: “Sadly, the MTRCB rules do not allow another review of the film, after the lapse of 5 days from receipt of the first permit. The producers would have to submit a new cut altogether of the new film to get another rating. In any event, school screenings won't be a problem - this is really the next step”

That’s good to know.

But the ones who really need to watch “Heneral Luna” are our officials who still look up to America as savior led by no less than President Aquino.

Oh well, with Albert del Rosario as foreign secretary and Voltaire Gazmin as defense secretary, what do we expect.

“Heneral Luna” is film about Antonio Luna, the hot- tempered commander of the revolutionary army played brilliantly by John Arcilla.

Under the competent direction of Jerrold Tarog, the movie brings us back more than a century ago when the country, after 300 years of being a colony of Spain, was faced with another colonial master: United States of America.

Luna, one of the talented and highly-educated Luna brothers, wanted genuine independence for Filipinos but the members of economic elite preferred to be under the Americans.

Luna’s remarks to the pro-Americans in the Aguinaldo Cabinet, namely Felix Buencamino and Pedro Paterno, were sharp and biting.

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When the two were enumerating the benefits the country would get from continued American rule, Luna slammed them: “Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng isang puta.”

Luna also asked them pointblank: “Negosyo o kalayaan? Bayan o sarili? Pumili ka?

I would like to throw the same question today to Del Rosario and Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia.

The movie was set in 1898 but the problems Luna faced are the same problems that beset our country today. As Luna said (not an exact quote): “May malaking kalaban tayo kaysa mga Amerikano: ang ating sarili."

The movie is on its second week in commercial cinemas. Don’t miss it.

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I join the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in condemning the military’s harassment of journalist Inday Espina-Varona .

A Facebook meme tags Varona as a “propagandist” of communist rebels.

NUJP said “The meme accusing Varona of being a communist rebel “asset” is a cheap and desperate move to discredit a highly respected and multi-awarded journalist who has consistently fought for the rights of journalists and against unjust and oppressive acts on the marginalized.

“Varona is a former editor-in-chief of the Philippines Graphic magazine and the 2007 awardee of the Marshall Mcluhan Fellowship.

“This move comes following Varona's reports for ABS-CBN online news site and posts in social media decrying the September 1 killing of lumad (indigenous people) leaders in Surigao del Sur by suspected military-backed militias.

“She has also reported and has been vocal on the misrepresentation of the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the statement of United Nations Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani regarding the evacuation of lumad from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon at the Haran sanctuary of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines in Davao City.

“The NUJP is also alarmed of the red-tagging against Varona, a tactic that has been used against activists and political dissenters, many of whom were subsequently targeted in summary killings, abduction and persecution through the filing of trumped-up criminal charges. It indicates that almost 30 years after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship, the martial law mentality continues to prevail, even under a supposedly ‘Daang Matuwid’ administration.”

NUJP demands that authorities investigate and apprehend those behind these attempts to intimidate Varona and other journalists exposing human rights violations and other injustices.

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Blog:www.ellentordesillas.com   E-mail:ellentordesillas@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.


TEDDY LOCSIN, JR: Unbelievable stupidity Teddy Locsin, Jr. Posted at 09/23/2015 12:04 AM


TEDDY LOCSIN, Jr.

The DNA test to establish Grace Poe's racial credentials as a Filipino is wrong in every way. You are Filipino if no one can prove you are not. No person should ever be put to the test of their religion or race, not least because our race is widely regarded as inferior, as opposed to the Chinese, Japanese, American and European races in every field except amateur singing, and the African race in athletics.

We are short and lack the majesty and easy grace that height confers. Despite our diminutive size, however, we lack the speed of a cockroach. Our only quality is our decency. We have never indulged in mass murder, unlike the races aforementioned; Rwanda being the latest manifestation of the common characteristic shared by the superior races. On the contrary, we Filipinos are given to gestures of mass kindness as when de Lima offered to take in Rohingyas fleeing Buddhist mass murderers.

The problem with a DNA as legal proof of ethnicity to qualify for the presidency is that it will be used after we are invaded by a superior race to establish which of us has enough of the invader’s DNA to go on living in the country they conquered. After all even Nazis let Jews live provided they proved a legal minimum of Germanicness.

Grace Poe was turned over to her adopted parents in the Philippines, as a foundling found there, and not shipped from elsewhere. When she was grown up she married an obviously ethnic Filipino—just going by the height or lack thereof of the bridge of his nose. (Mine is Roman in altitude.) And then she did what all Filipinos are dying to do except those too lazy to work: she adopted the citizenship of the United States. There she worked at a wholesaler’s.

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Like all Filipinos so fortunate, she reacquired, by a re-declaration of allegiance, her Filipino citizenship by means of a law of which I was a principal author.

In any case, changes of citizenship are not a disqualification for high office. Natural born is a fact that no law or legal act to the contrary can overturn. It is just the fact that when you emerged from your mother’s Filipino vagina, you were naturally born a Filipino.

You are or you are not Filipino. And the burden of proof is on the shoulders of those who say you are not because they cannot beat you in a fair election. They should try cheating instead. It is less of a threat to the survival of our race.

A DNA test—like the Reproductive Law definition of “humans” as “economic assets fit to live” thereby excluding Filipino, as compared to harder working and economically more productive Chinese, as humans—is how one stupid race declares that its fitness must be proved, first in the case of the presidency—a position historically best used for stealing—and then of our continued existence in this world. Unbelievable.

Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.


Aguinaldo descendant says Antonio Luna not assassinated By Ellen Tordesillas Posted at 09/25/2015 4:53 AM | Updated as of 09/25/2015 9:20 AM


By Ellen Tordesillas

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya is a great grandson of Emilio Aguinaldo, considered as the first President of the Philippines (1899–1901).

Aguinaldo was head of the revolutionary forces that proclaimed Philippine independence from Spain on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.

The current box office sensation is Jerrold Tarrog’s “Heneral Luna”, a movie about Gen. Antonio Luna, the disciplinarian and temperamental commander of the Philippine Revolutionary Forces.

Tarrog’s “Heneral Luna” was based on the book “The Rise and Fall of Antonio Luna” by retired University of the Philippines Professor Vivencio R. Jose.

The most powerful scene in the movie was the brutal assassination of Luna. Scenes previous to that suggested it was on orders of Aguinaldo.
So powerful is that scene that it’s almost impossible not to hate Aguinaldo after watching it.

Interviewed Thursday on the “Heneral Luna” movie, Abaya said “I've read enough books, there are other versions. As to what really transpired, I don't think he (Luna) was assassinated."

Abaya’s comment instantly drew derision in social media reminiscent of his notorious remark about Metro Manila traffic “not fatal.”

Jowana Bueser said, “Hindi ‘assassination’? Suicide ba ang ikinamatay ni Heneral Luna?

“Mawalang galang na po Sir, hindi tulad nang pagkakaintindi mo sa trapik, ang mga sugat na natamo ni Luna ay fatal.”

Eimee C. Lagrama said: :”Paano yun? Tinaga nya sarili nya?”

Ging Villanueva Gumabay dripped with sarcasm: “Likas lang daw kasing bayolente ang pagkatao ni Luna kaya't tinaga at binaril nya ang kanyang sarili.”

So was Marilyn Robles, a Lupus patient, “Ah nakatayo kasi sa initan si Gen. Luna. Hinimatay. Nilapitan. Patay.”

READ MORE...

Puñeta.

Abaya should read this part of the article by Mylah Roque, who interviewed the author, Jose, for VERA Files:

“The scene that people would probably remember most would be the murder of Luna by soldiers from Kawit led by Capt. Pedro Janolino (Ketchup Eusebio). Soldiers took turn hacking Luna by the Cabanatuan convent. The scene is faithful to the accounts of primary sources as narrated by Jose: Luna dying with fist clenched; of the soldiers fearfully stepping back when Luna, already on the ground and dying, turned to his right; Buencamino ordering the soldiers to get all papers from his body, an old lady asking from within the convent if Luna was still moving; and of the soldiers looting the bodies of Luna and Col. Francisco ‘Paco’ Roman. One of the accounts about the killing indicated that the hacking of Luna was so violent that ‘even the intestines were already out after the undershirt had been taken off up to near the waist."

There’s also the column by historian Ambeth Ocampo in the Inquirer titled “The way Antonio Luna died.”

Ocampo used the word “assassinated.”

Here are portions of Ocampo’s column:

“What many people do not know is that an even bigger treasure was neglected in the Heritage Art Gallery—the papers and memorabilia not just of Juan Luna but also of his brother, the ill-fated Gen. Antonio Luna, who was assassinated in Cabanatuan in 1899 by soldiers he had disarmed and discharged. These soldiers were loyal to Emilio Aguinaldo, who took most of the blame for Luna’s assassination when the list of conspirators should include others in his cabinet who wished Luna dead.

“While everyone was busy going over the Juan Luna paintings and speculating on the scads of money these would command in the art market, I was allowed to examine the boxes of papers and personal effects of which nobody took notice. In one box, for example, I saw the painting frock of Juan Luna as well as his brushes and palette. In another box, I saw the bloodied uniform of Antonio Luna that was preserved by his mother as a grisly reminder of his tragic death.

“I focused on a box that contained Antonio Luna’s papers—his student notebooks (which came complete with fine drawings of specimens he observed through a microscope) and the papers of his mature life: letters (including a batch of racy love letters from a woman named “Paquita”), parts of a journal, official military papers, etc. …

“When I was watching the film “Heneral Luna,” I waited for the assassination scene and got more than I bargained for. The violence in the last part of the movie would definitely merit an “R” rating in my book, but in the Philippines, people are more offended, or pretend to be offended, by sex in the cinema.

“I went through my notes after watching the film, and wondered why the assassins were never punished. It is odd to even think that it was a case of self-defense because it was one man against a company of soldiers. One would think that once wounded, Luna was easy to disarm and contain, but that he received more than 30 wounds from bolos and gunshots is proof that much anger was released in that killing. One or two fatal wounds would have been enough for an ordinary murder, but 30? Then, of course, we have heard of Aguinaldo’s mother watching the murder from a window in the convent and, when all was done, shouting for confirmation that Luna had indeed been killed: “Nagalaw pa ba yan?”

“Luna’s last will and testament were found in his papers after his death. It is dated March 31, 1899, and written en route from San Fernando to Calumpit: “1. I leave whatever I have to my mother. 2. If they will kill me, wrap me in a Filipino flag with all the clothing with which I was dressed when killed, and bury me in the ground. 3. I wish to state freely that I would die willingly for my country, for our independence, without thereby looking for death.”

“With his tragic death Luna will be remembered for a long time because the way he died continues to our time.”

Antonio Luna not assassinated? Puñeta.


Aguinaldo great-grandson Abaya on 'Heneral Luna': He wasn't assassinated ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/24/2015 3:44 PM | Updated as of 09/24/2015 5:57 PM


What assassination? Abaya says Antonio Luna wasn't killed by Aguinaldo's men POLITICS.COM

MANILA - "I don't think he was assassinated."

This is what Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said when he was asked about his views on the critically acclaimed biopic "Heneral Luna," a film that centers on the life and death of General Antonio Luna, one of the country's greatest heroes during the Philippine-American war.

Abaya is the great-grandson of former President Emilio Aguinaldo, who had been linked to the assassination of Luna.

"I've read enough books, there are other versions. I don't think he was assassinated," Abaya said on Thursday.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) chief said however he has yet to watch the film, but he will encourage his children to watch it.

Abaya has always been a staunch defender of his great grandfather, saying that he will always protect the name "Emilio Aguinaldo."

He had been quoted as saying that he was always ready to defend Aguinaldo.

"Lahat kami sinasagot 'yun. He is my great grandfather. 'Yung pagiging 'Emilio Aguinaldo,' bahagi na ng pagkatao ko at kailangan ko pangalagaan ang pangalan na 'yun," Abaya said back in May.

Heneral Luna, produced by Artikulo Uno Productions, is a historical film directed by Jerrold Tarrog.

It is the Philippines' official entry to the 2016 Oscar Awards. -- Report from Jon Carlos Rodriguez, Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News


Abaya criticized for statement 'Luna not assassinated'

Posted at 09/26/2015 10:55 AM | Updated as of 09/26/2015 3:07 PM
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The movie "Heneral Luna" is making people appreciate Philippine history and its relevance to the present. But it also showed us how some Filipinos, especially the young ones, are clueless about the past. - ANC, The World Tonight, September 25, 2015

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