"Ang Larawan" Movie Review -- Why You Have to See This Powerful Filipino Musical 

From the award-winning director, Loy Arcenas, comes the beautiful elegy of a movie, "Ang Larawan." The star-studded cast is headed by Joanna Ampil (Candida) and Rachel Alejandro (Paula). The film will be the opening night movie of the upcoming CINEMATOGRAFO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Click here to buy tickets, and here to go to the film's official website.

Here's my movie review of "Ang Larawan" as seen on The Filipino Channel's Balitang America:

Here's the film's official synopsis:

This story set before World War II in Intramuros tells of the plight of sisters Candida and Paula Marasigan, daughters of high-profile painter Don Lorenzo Marasigan.

Since Don Lorenzo has not produced a single painting for a long time, the family is in financial trouble. The unmarried sisters have had to rely on their seemingly more successful brother Manolo and sister Pepang. Their siblings urge Candida and Paula to sell the house.

To have a source of income, the sisters take in a boarder, Tony Javier. Meanwhile, Don Lorenzo becomes a recluse. The painter’s self-portrait fetches a high sum as it attracts the curiosity of many individuals which include pretentious art critics, bonafide journalist and family friend Bitoy Camacho, Senator Perico who asks the sisters to donate the portrait to the government and Tony who tries to convince Candida and Paula to sell it to an American.

Larawan is an ode to the passing of the world of truth and beauty and a celebration of the tenacity of the spirit amidst the rise of materialism and consumerism.

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