To celebrate National Heroes Day, the Filipino community, including their children, in Jordan gathered to watch the acclaimed film “Heneral Luna” in a cinematic event held at the Philippine Embassy there.
The Philippine Embassy in Amman, Jordan, organized the screening event, gathering around 30 members of the Filipino community and their children, including Embassy personnel.
"Transformed into an immersive cinematic space, the Bayanihan Hall embraced the ambiance of a movie theater, providing the perfect setting for a full experience," the Philippine embassy said.
It added that the event was the first of its kind to be held in the new Bayanihan Hall of the embassy.
"Upon the conclusion of the film, the participants’ positive response showed the profound impact it left, resonating with the core values of nationalism, patriotism, and comradeship that define the Filipino spirit," the embassy added.
"Heneral Luna,” a historical masterpiece, depicts the life of General Antonio Luna, the Commander of the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the Philippine-American War in the 1890s.
Renowned for his unwavering courage and steadfast discipline, General Luna’s legacy is vividly brought to life by the skilled craftsmanship of Artikulo Uno Productions. It has received numerous awards since its release in 2015.
The Embassy said the commemorative event underscored the enduring resonance of historical narratives and their ability to unite communities across time and distance.
It also forms part of the Embassy’s efforts to sustain the connection of overseas Filipinos, particularly their foreign land-born children, to the motherland.
'The Philippine Embassy remains committed to fostering such connections and experiences that honor the rich heritage and indomitable spirit of the Filipino people," it said.
The Philippines, meanwhile, will celebrate National Heroes Day with a theme "Karangalan, Katungkulan, Kabayanihan" on Monday, Aug. 28.
According to the Official Gazette, the celebration of National Heroes Day began during the American Colonial period.
It added that the "National Heroes Day specifies no hero; the law that put into practice the celebration does not name a single one."
"And this lack of specifics offers an opportunity to celebrate the bravery of not one, not a few, but all Filipino heroes who have braved death or persecution for home, nation, justice, and freedom," the Official Gazette read.