The cast of the films “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” and “Heneral Luna” treated legions of pop culture fans with a special Independence Day presentation at the recently concluded ToyCon 2016 + Pop Life FanXperience. John Arcilla and Mon Confiado of “Heneral Luna” were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd as they officially launched the new “Heneral Luna” deluxe edition DVD last June 12. More importantly, the two leads gave a very timely and rousing message of patriotism to everyone in attendance. Amidst the popular international comic book superheroes, both actors noted and thanked everyone for the overwhelming support and interest for local national heroes in an event such as ToyCon.
Meanwhile, the adorable kids of “Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo” led by Nafa Hilario Cruz (Meng), William Buenavente (Shifty), Isabel “Lenlen” Farial (Nicay) and Claude Mikael Adrales (Z Boy) and director Mihk Vergara introduced the movie and gave an exclusive first-look at the film’s new trailer. “Patintero” was one of the films featured in last year’s QCinema Film Festival. It won the Audience Choice Award and Gender Senstivity Award. The wholesome and heartwarming coming-of-age family film about a ragtag group of neighborhood patalo will have its theatrical release this September.
The films’ producers, TBA (Tuko Films, Buchi Boy Entertainment, and Artikulo Uno Productions), had an impressive booth set-up during the three-day event. The booth, designed with a thematic look-and-feel from the film Patintero, drew in kids and kids at heart with its special coloring book station. Premium items such as stickers, postcards, fans, and a limited edition Patintero coloring book were given away to participants.
The booth also offered cinephiles a chance to sign up at Cinetropa.com. Cinetropa, the first exclusively Filipino-movie streaming site, offers a wide selection of Filipino independent films in HD for film enthusiasts from around the globe to enjoy. As a special treat for ToyCon, those who signed up during the event got a chance to win a free single movie screening at Cinema ’76, the metro’s coolest micro-cinema.
“Heneral Luna” fans trooped the “Heneral Luna” sari-sari store for the film’s official merchandise. Among the store’s bestseller was the film’s deluxe DVD. The special dual disc edition contains never-before-seen cast auditions, behind-the-scenes footage, and commentaries from the director and producers. Fans of the film patiently braved the long lines at the TBA booth last Sunday for a chance to have their copies signed by John Arcilla and Mon Confiado.
The deluxe edition DVD of “Heneral Luna” is now being sold in all leading record stores and bookstores nationwide.