Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz Headline ‘Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’

Star Cinema, the film production arm of ABS-CBN Corporation, is bringing the Berlinale Film Festival Silver Bear-winning “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” closer to the Filipino people through a nationwide screening starting Black Saturday, March 26.

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An eight-hour long epic, Lav Diaz’s internationally-acclaimed historical film features two big names from ABS-CBN’s stable of stars – John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual.

Cruz and Pascual play as Crisostomo Ibarra/Simoun and Isagani, characters from national hero Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, respectively. Director Lav Diaz examines this myth, and legend, of Andres Bonifacio, who was a prominent figure of the Philippine Revolution, and undertakes another expedition into the eventful history of his native land. The film’s various loosely interwoven narrative threads are held together by an exploration of the role of the individual in history and their involvement in political and social developments.

Diaz, one of the country’s most respected filmmakers, described his newest masterpiece as “a more intimate look into an important part of Philippine history.”

“Star Cinema and ABS-CBN has always believed in the artistry of the Filipino. By throwing our full support to this magnificent film, we hope to inspire both filmmakers and film-goers to continue to love and promote our own,” ABS-CBN chief operating officer for Star Creatives Malou Santos said.

A special screening of the film will be held at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater on March 20, Sunday, at 12nn, to be attended by the cast and director, as well as producer Paul Soriano of Ten17 Productions. “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” made waves in the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival last February where it was awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize, which is given to a feature film that “opens new perspectives on cinematic art.” Apart from Cruz and Pascual, the picture also features other notable actors and actresses such as Cherie Gil, Alessandra de Rossi, Sid Lucero, Angel Aquino, Ronnie Lazaro, Bernardo Bernardo, and Hazel Orencio, who played Gregoria De Jesus, or Ka Oryang, Bonifacio’s widow.

Catch “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis” in local cinemas starting March 26. For more information, visit or like Star Cinema’s Facebook page ( and follow their Twitter account (@StarCinema).

4 Comments on Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz Headline ‘Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’

  1. tripleSUGAR58 // March 14, 2016 at 8:49 am //


  2. oh briggs…lunokin mo sarili mong katas ipasok mo kamao mo sa tumbong mo, halikan mo sarili mong dila, lawayan mo sarili mong ari, ikiskis mo sa pader ang katawan mo at ilublob mo sa pusali yang pagmumukha mo…bwisit kang alpombre ka

  3. oh PAPA PIOLO..sarap mong ikiss,.. ang gwapo mo pa din..magmake love tayo pls. PAPA PIOLO..LURAYIN mo ako ng paulit ulit PAPA PIOLO..Bisaklutin muna ng mga daliri mo ang FUKI ko..sarap halikan ng hunky mong katawan at sarap dilaan ng mabuhok mong kili-kili at ng nipples mong sarap dumede…

  4. wow…congrats, papa p & jlc!

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