WATCH: This New Indie Film Is the Star-Studded Musical You Need to See

Ang Larawan's new trailer looks so exciting!


( Here at, we're always excited when we hear of new Filipino films that push boundaries and do something different. So when we heard that National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin's celebrated three-act play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, was going to become a movie, we were all the more thrilled.


Ang Larawan is set pre-World War II, where two unmarried sisters, Candida and Paula Marasigan (Joanna Ampil and Rachel Alejandro, respectively), cope with financial ruin after their reclusive father, a high-profile painter, fails to produce a single painting. As a source of income, they decide to take in a boarder, Tony Javier (Paulo Avelino), who ends up changing their lives.



The film made headlines earlier this year, after its script failed to make the cut for the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival. The finished film will still be submitted to the festival for the second round of selections; if accepted, it will screen in cinemas nationwide on December 25.



More impressively, the adaptation features a star-studded roster of names behind the scenes: libretto by National Artist for Theatre Rolando Tinio, music by Ryan Cayabyab, and direction by award-winning Broadway set designer Loy Arcenas.


The film will also have an official soundtrack as performed by the cast; its first single, "Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas" will be sung by Rachel Alejandro and Ebe Dancel.


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