'Heneral Luna' is Philippines' entry to Oscars 2016's foreign film category

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Historical-action biopic Heneral Luna has been selected as the Philippines' official entry to the 88th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Heneral Luna's official Facebook page announced the news on Monday (September 21), a few weeks before Oscars' submission deadline of October 1.

Executive producer Fernando Ortigas and producer E.A. Rocha were overjoyed upon hearing the news.

"There are no words for the tremendous pride and honor that we feel, with the film being chosen to officially represent our country to the Oscars," they said in a statement.

Both of them feel that it is only fitting that this film be chosen as our country's entry. For them, Heneral Luna celebrates the Filipinos as a nation — in the richest and most complex ways.

The submissions all over the world will be shortlisted to nine films, which will be further cut down to five nominees and will be announced on January 14, 2016.

Dekada '70, Ang Munting Tinig, Crying Ladies, Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros, and Transit were some of the films submitted by the Philippines for the said category.

The much-raved movie directed by Jerrold Tarog focused on famed Filipino leader Gen. Antonio Luna who desperately struggled to bring people together to fight for the country.

The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.