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Reaction Paper: Heneral Luna (film)
"Heneral Luna," a 2015 historical and fiction film based on truth directed by Jerrold
Tarog, depicts the life of a former Filipino Army General and a hero, Antonio Narciso
Luna de San Pedro y Novicio Ancheta, also known as Antonio Luna. The plot begins in
1898. As Americans gradually invade the Philippines, cabinet members in the country
argue with one another. They all want the country's freedom, but they are not even
united. For their own sake, some of them desire to make friends with the colonizer. But
Heneral Luna is not one of them; he is a strong man of principle who is willing to give his
life for the independence of his country, which infuriates his comrades. He was seen as
arrogant and villain by his fellow Filipino, but a brave true general by an American. The
entire duration of the novel did not reveal how Americans became the real villains of
Heneral Luna's story, but rather how his fellow Filipinos became one. It depicts greed,
cruelty, pride, betrayal, and wrath. It does, however, indicate love, devotion,
companionship, and a goal. It ended in Heneral Luna's death at the hands of fellow
soldiers wearing the same uniform that his brother designed and for which he paid. He
was betrayed and commanded to kill by the one person he respects. He was
assassinated not because of the war, but because of his principles.
This story depicts the upcoming 2022 election. As we can see, politics aren't united.
We see them argue, bring each other down, and even talk badly about their fellow
candidates. Even the Filipino netizens are divided because of the situation. Most people
want the country's development but some vote only for their interests like ABS-CBN's
artists wants to vote Vice President Leni Robredo for president since she promised to
open the ABS-CBN station even though it won't benefit the country and its people. It
also shows how betrayal is present in politics especially if it talks about power and
position. One day you'll see them as close friends then the next day they'll just talk bad
against each other. How politics and its effect on people works is represented in the
movie. It shows how Filipino's are the greatest enemy of themselves.
At the beginning of the film, I felt proud, brave, and devoted to our country. The
characteristics of General Antonio Luna vibrated in me. As a Filipino, I am proud to have
a general and a hero like him who is ready to sacrifice his life for his country. I also felt
his frustration and irritation as his fellow general won't follow him. I hate the fact that
they see him as an aggressive and arrogant person where he only wants the freedom of
the country but they won't cooperate with him. Throughout the story, I felt proud,
devoted, love, and even sad, frustrated, and shame. As a person who is born in a
generation where society warmly welcomes the lowkey conquest of other countries in
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our culture, I'm ashamed. General Antonio Luna, Jose Rizal, and many heroes sacrifice
their life for our country's freedom, but here we are, embracing their influence on our
culture. General Antonio Luna's statement, "Wag mo akong inglesin sa aking bayan",
just really hit the hardest. I observed that when a foreigner came to our country, we use
their language to communicate with them. I even felt a shame writing this reaction
paper for I'm using a language that isn't ours and is not even similar to the film that I am
reacting to. Although we already normalize using English and it is even included in our
subject, as a Filipino netizen, I'm ashamed for my fellow generation who is slowly
forgetting our culture and tradition due to other country's influence. "Tayo ay watak-
watak at walang malay sa kaisipang bansa", a statement from General Luna is true. We
say we love our country but we show otherwise.
Overall the story awakens the Filipino blood in me. This makes me want to love and
be proud of the country where I belong and grow. I recommend this to all Filipinos,
especially to my fellow youth. As our national hero stated, youth are the hope of our
country, them watching this will surely make them proud and love the fact of being a
Filipino. And we may not know, maybe this will be the key to the unity of all Filipinos in
the near future.

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Reaction Paper: Heneral Luna (film) "Heneral Luna," a 2015 historical and fiction film based on truth directed by Jerrold Tarog, depicts the life of a former Filipino Army General and a hero, Antonio Narciso Luna de San Pedro y Novicio Ancheta, also known as Antonio Luna. The plot begins in 1898. As Americans gradually invade the Philippines, cabinet members in the country argue with one another. They all want the country's freedom, but they are not even united. For their own sake, some of them desire to make friends with the colonizer. But Heneral Luna is not one of them; he is a strong man of principle who is willing to give his life for the independence of his country, which infuriates his comrades. He was seen as arrogant and villain by his fellow Filipino, but a brave true general by an American. The entire duration of the novel did not reveal how Americans became the real villains of Heneral Luna's story, but rather how his fellow Filipinos became one. It depicts greed, cruelty, pride, betrayal, and wrath. It does, however, indicate love, devotion, companionship, and a goal. It ended in Heneral Luna's death at the hands of fellow soldiers wearing the same uniform that his brother designed and for which he paid. He was betrayed and commanded to kill by the one person he respects. He was assassinated not because of the war, but because of his principles. This story depicts the upcoming 2022 election. As we can see, politics aren't united. We see them argue, bring each other down, and even talk badly about their fellow candidates. Even the Filipino netizens are divided because of the situation. Most people want the country's development but some vote only for their interests like ABS-CBN's artists wants to vote Vice President Leni Robredo for president since she promised to open the ABS-CBN station even though it won't benefit the country and its people. It also shows how betrayal is present in politics especially if it talks about power and position. One day you'll see them as close friends then the next day they'll just talk bad against each other. How politics and its effect on people works is represented in the movie. It shows how Filipino's are the greatest enemy of themselves. At the beginning of the film, I felt proud, brave, and devoted to our country. The characteristics of General Antonio Luna vibrated in me. As a Filipino, I am proud to have a general and a hero like him who is ready to sacrifice his life for his country. I also felt his frustration and irritation as his fellow general won't follow him. I hate the fact that they see him as an aggressive and arrogant person where he only wants the freedom of the country but they won't cooperate with him. Throughout the story, I felt proud, devoted, love, and even sad, frustrated, and shame. As a person who is born in a generation where society warmly welcomes the lowkey conquest of other countries in our culture, I'm ashamed. General Antonio Luna, Jose Rizal, and many heroes sacrifice their life for our country's freedom, but here we are, embracing their influence on our culture. General Antonio Luna's statement, "Wag mo akong inglesin sa aking bayan", just really hit the hardest. I observed that when a foreigner came to our country, we use their language to communicate with them. I even felt a shame writing this reaction paper for I'm using a language that isn't ours and is not even similar to the film that I am reacting to. Although we already normalize using English and it is even included in our subject, as a Filipino netizen, I'm ashamed for my fellow generation who is slowly forgetting our culture and tradition due to other country's influence. "Tayo ay watakwatak at walang malay sa kaisipang bansa", a statement from General Luna is true. We say we love our country but we show otherwise. Overall the story awakens the Filipino blood in me. This makes me want to love and be proud of the country where I belong and grow. I recommend this to all Filipinos, especially to my fellow youth. As our national hero stated, youth are the hope of our country, them watching this will surely make them proud and love the fact of being a Filipino. And we may not know, maybe this will be the key to the unity of all Filipinos in the near future. Name: Description: ...
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