Finding The Freedom To Love Via Film ‘Glorious’

Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca take on the most daring roles in their careers as they play lovers in a May-December love affair in “Glorious”, an original movie produced by Dreamscape Digital for streaming exclusively inside the Philippines via iWant, ABS-CBN’s new content-on-demand digital app, and in most countries outside the Philippines via TFC Online (www.TFC.tv).

The movie, which will be available starting November 17, has caught the imagination & piqued the interest of millions of netizens. Memes abound on social media, as its full trailer has earned more than 16.9 million views.

More than the viral trailer’s steamy scenes that enticed and thrilled netizens, it has also spurred conversations online about age gap in relationships and the stigma attached to them.

Written and directed by Concepcion Macatuno, “Glorious” tells the story of Glory (Aquino), a 52-year-old brain tumor survivor who falls in love with Niko (Labrusca), a guy 30 years her junior.

Faced with different challenges in life, Glory meets the enthusiastic and adventurous 22-year-old Niko, and the two have an instant connection.

While physical attraction will initially draw them together, it will turn into a kind of love that will help them overcome the encompassing challenges in their relationship, including their opposing perspectives, age gap, and disapproval and judgment from their loved ones and community.

Will Glory and Niko be courageous enough to fight for their relationship? How will Glory learn to stand by her convictions and pursue her own happiness?

More than the intriguing daring scenes seen in the trailer, Aquino and Labrusca both agree that their film speaks about everyone’s freedom to love whoever they choose to love.

“Sana palayain natin ‘yong mga sarili natin na, ‘I am in love with this person, I love him very much’ and if he genuinely loves you, he will not feel ashamed holding your hand in public, kissing you every now and then in public kasi pagmamahal naman talaga ang mahalaga (Let us give ourselves the freedom to love whoever we want to love, and if he genuinely loves you, he will not feel ashamed holding your hand in public, kissing you every now and then in public because what is important here is love),” explained Aquino.

On the other hand, Labrusca commented: “I guess some people would say it is about breaking boundaries, but I think it is so much more about age. It is to show people that you can fall in love with whoever you want to fall in love with. Everybody deserves love, and anybody can find love at whatever age.”

Meantime, the film’s subject has triggered netizens to share their thoughts on social media, and even Broadway Diva Lea Salonga said that she hopes the movie becomes successful not just for its love scenes, but also its potential to “begin a conversation about seeing older women and younger men on screen.”

“Given how utterly beautiful both Angel Aquino and Tony Labrusca are, I am all for it, and wish for their movie Glorious to be a massive hit,” she added.

Volleyball star and TV host Gretchen Ho also praised the film, tweeting, “Great move by #IWant and #DreamscapeDigital for making #Glorious their first exclusive film! Digital doesn’t have boundaries the way TV has.”

“Glorious” is Dreamscape Digital’s first offering, made exclusively for the new iWant, which can be accessed via iOS or Android app inside the Philippines starting November 17.


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