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BAYANI – Kanino ka Kakampi?!: Philippine Heroes Turned Gaming Characters

October 2, 2015 Esports INQ

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the movie Heneral Luna is all the rave right now. The historical epic about the brazen and fiery Philippine general has received wide critical acclaim. At this point in time it’s considered as one of the greatest Filipino films to grace the local cinemas.

Following its success, fans have rallied on the internet and created various “nationalistic” memes on social media. From simple social commentary to topical issues like the 2016 presidential elections, it seems like there is no facet in our society that Heneral Luna hasn’t shouted Punyeta! at.

What does this have to do with gaming you might ask? Well, just take a look at the picture below:

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Over at Facebook, one local artist by the name of Anthony “ARTony” Dacayo II has taken it upon himself to put a fresh spin on Antonio Luna along with other Philippine historical figures: by turning them into fighting game characters.

ARTony’s designs draw inspiration from the Guilty Gear franchise, an anime-style fighting game by Japanese developer Arc System Works. Along with character designs he even included a brief movelist for each Philippine hero, complete with inputs and descriptions. As a Filipino and a fighting game enthusiast, the thought of seeing Tandang Sora beating down on someone like Andres Bonifacio is just too good to pass up on.

The album has reached about 3,000 likes and 11,000 shares. You can check out the rest of the gallery here.

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