'Ang Larawan' slowly returning to theaters, thanks to fans, raves


Posted at Dec 27 2017 05:31 PM

A scene from 'Ang Larawan.' Photo from the movie's official website

If you're one of the those who have been clamoring for a chance to see "Ang Larawan," the musical film version of "A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino," then we've got good news for you. 

Loy Arcenas's entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is "slowly" being brought back to the cinemas which removed it after seeing first day sales, according to its producers. 

It was earlier revealed that the movie has been dropped from more than 25 theaters nationwide, two days into the annual film fest. 

"We would like [to] clarify that 'Ang Larawan' is still showing in cinemas nationwide," a statement from the film's producers released on Facebook Wednesday afternoon read. 

"While it is true that our movie lost some cinemas, it has played to full-house theaters in other areas. 

"Some of the cinemas that we lost are now slowly bringing us back. All thanks to people who continue to clamor for our film. 

"Your words of encouragement and positive reviews have helped drive more audiences to the cinemas.

"We are overwhelmed by your love and we continue to hope that more Filipinos will get a chance to watch 'Ang Larawan.' Still, we persist and continue Candida and Paula's fight."


"Ang Larawan" is based on the play "A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino" by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, and features music from Ryan Cayabyab and lyrics from Rolando Tinio. 

It stars Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Paulo Avelino, Robert Arevalo, Nonie Buencamino, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo.

It got rave reviews when it premiered at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival last month, as well as from local critics following its MMFF debut over the Christmas weekend.