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Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis

Project information

Talent Bianca Balbuena
Role of participant Producer
Director Lav Diaz
Producer Bianca Balbuena
Screenwriter Lav Diaz
Status post-production

Production details

Running time 410 min
Genre Drama
Year of production 2015
Country of Production Philippines
Production Companies
Sine Olivia Pilipinas

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Interconnected narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against Spain characterize Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis--the story of the ballad Jocelynang Baliwag, which became the hymn of the revolution; Gregoria de Jesus’ forlorn search for the body of the Father of Philippine Revolution Andres Bonifacio; the journey of our national heroes' fictional book characters Simon and Isagani; the role of the Philippine mythical hero of strength Bernardo Carpio and the half-man, half-horse Tikbalang/Engkanto, on the Filipino psyche. It is a marriage of history, literature and mythology.