I am just filled with excitement upon seeing the stills from the upcoming Ang Larawan Movie. These stills show the re-enactment of the La Naval Fiesta in the old Intramuros before the Liberation decimated the whole place, and with it the beautiful houses, churches and religious traditions that once flourished in the Walled City. I'd like to thank the producers Girlie Rodis and Celeste Legaspi for not cutting corners in showing the La Naval Fiesta even if, I assume, this will only take about 3 to 5 minutes (or even less) in the whole film. It mean's so much to devotees like me to have a glimpse of the grandeur of past La Naval fiesta's. Viva La Virgen!
The Movie Version
Wow...wow...wow...that's all I can say. Looking at these photos, my imagination is just running wild. Is this how old Intramuros remembers La Naval, La Gran Senora? I keep switching back and forth between the watercolor painting and these pictures, I noticed that the shape of the carroza is different in the postcard, it looks more like a Galleon Ship than a boat similar to the carroza the image is using in Sto. Domingo...and then I realized that this is the same carroza she is using in Sto. Domingo, they just added the two standing angels in front of the Virgin and changed the angel in the front (now blowing a trumpet versus holding a rosary). I got more excited realizing that in the next La Naval fiesta this coming October, she may be riding this very same carroza, same arrangement and all...Ohhhh I can't wait. This look befits the image more!
No details spared, Viva La Virgen! Although I am wondering about the light bulbs, do they already have light bulbs during the 1940's...and portable generators to power it?
I am liking the angels here compared to the old ones, this is more Carroza Triunfal and befits the grandeur of the image of La Naval de Manila...although I am wondering is La Naval already using a carroza in the 40's or is it an Andas? I don't see the ribbons at the side of the carroza as well.
Standing Angels versus Cherubims; paper flowers and doves versus pink and fuchsia roses; white sayal vs light blue sayal...spot the difference
La Naval makes an entrance!
La Naval back in the streets of Intramuros...Action!
Viva la Virgen! Viva la Virgen!
Our Lady of La Naval, glorious as ever in the streets of Intramuros...
Regarding the image used (if it is the original image or a replica), according to GR Rodis, one of the producers, "The Sto. Domingo Church owns two Virgins - both use the authentic vestments - One is 75 yrs Old and the other over 300 I believe we used the younger one. They only have one carossa and that is the one we used enhanced by our Production design Team in consultation with Artist Rafael del Casal."
More Tidbits from Francis Jason Díaz Pérez III
* [The La Naval Procession Scene] is the highlight or the final scene of the movie "Larawan" based from A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by National Artist Nick Joaquin
* The Vicaria was retouched by Rafael del Casal to restore her old look and make her look closer to the original Santo Rosario...
It is the Santo Rosario's present carroza triunfal done by Santiago Santos but was altered/changed for this production to approximate the look of the original silver carroza triunfal done by the Talleres de Máximo Vicente (of course it can be returned to its original look)
* The Portrait of the Artist as Filipino is set in Intramuros in 1941 or on the eve of the War... Remember that La Naval de Manila is the last feast to be celebrated by old Manila before the War...
* [The movie] is expected to be finished next year.. 2016.. and is meant for international release...
* The original Virgin, referred to as the Santo Rosario was made in 1593 and is now over 400 years old. The other image is the Vicaria or her official replica which is brought out for very important occasions in lieu of the original. A third is the Callejera which is the one ordinarily brought out for visits in other churches and institutions...
Thus the production is really blessed to have her for the film. The last time the Vicaria was in Intramuros was in 2000 for the Grand Marian Procession...
About the Movie
Singer-actress Celeste Legaspi, who’s in the cast of the GMA 7 soap “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real,” is now a film producer, with the coming movie adaptation of the musical “Larawan.” Joanna Ampil and Rachel Alejandro will play Nick Joaquin’s Marasigan sisters, with Tom Rodriguez as Tony Javier. Loy Arcenas (“Niño”) will direct, with Girlie "GR" Rodis as coproducer. Bayani San Diego Jr.
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