Friday, October 28, 2011

Philippine Animation: Andong Agimat Animated Film

Sorry for the lack of entries. There are new updates that we can't reveal as of yet but we've been in constant touch with UNITEL and the project is still officially under development.

As for the book, unfortunately it's already out of print but since there's been a demand for it we are looking at getting it reprinted.

In the meantime, why don't you check out Arnold's very first animated film starring Andong himself! It's only 4 minutes long but it took him 2 weeks to make. Hope you'll like it!


By the way, Arnold's site finally got a makeover. Please visit it to see his newer work.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dingdong Dantes interview on

Dingdong Dantes understands fans who are turned off by his team-ups with different actresses
October 21, 2009 /


May isa pang unconfirmed project na gagawin si Dingdong. Pero nasusulat na rin ang pagbibida niya sa pelikulang Andong Agimat na co-production ng Unitel Productions at GMA Films.

Tuloy na ba ang Andong Agimat?

"Tuloy na," pagkumpirma ni Dingdong. "Yun nga, noong malaman kong may plano na for that, nag-panic akong bigla. Kasi nasa Stairway mode pa ko, e. May nag-text nga rin sa akin na nasusulat na nga rin daw."

Ano nga ba ang Andong Agimat?

"Ang Andong Agimat ay isang graphic novel ni Arnold Arre. Pinoy yung author. Tungkol siya sa isang lalake na galing preso. It's a graphic novel na binili ang rights ng Unitel. Recent lang siya at mahirap na siyang hanapin sa bookstores kasi sold out siya palagi. Ako naman, meron akong copy dahil ibinigay lang siya sa akin ng gumawa," kuwento ni Dingdong.

Hindi kaya magkaroon ng isyu dahil ang "Agimat" ay parang na-associate na sa mga Revilla?

"Well, hindi ko alam ang sistema d'yan. Hindi ko alam ang legalities d'yan. But I'm pretty sure, these big companies, like Unitel and GMA, e, hindi sasabak sa hindi sigurado."

Tinanong din ng PEP kay Dingdong ang tungkol sa nasulat na rin na ang leading lady niya sa Stairway To Heaven na si Rhian Ramos pa rin daw ang magiging kapareha niya sa Andong Agimat. Ikinunsidera rin daw si Marian Rivera para sa role ng kanyang leading lady, kaso ay may Darna at Nieves ang aktres.

"Well, ang alam ko, puwede na siya dahil hindi na matutuloy ang Nieves, e," pagbabalita ni Dingdong. "But well, ang Andong kasi, ang love angle dun, very small portion. Kumbaga, naka-focus siya dun sa grupo yun, e... grupo ng magkakaibigan na mabibigyan ng lakas. So, yung love angle is really a small portion. It's only minor."

Read the full article here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dingdong Dantes is ‘Andong Agimat’

via Starmometer / October 16, 2009

Dingdong Dantes will star in the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel “Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat.”

“Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat” is a popular graphic novel by prize-winning author/illustrator Arnold Arre. Tony Gloria of Unitel Pictures has bought the rights to adapt the comic character into television or the big screen.

The movie adaptation of the action-fantasy graphic novel will be directed by Mark Reyes for Viva Films, Unitel Pictures and GMA Films.

The original choice of Tony Gloria for the title role was Robin Padilla but the former kapuso star signed a movie deal with Star Cinema. Dingdong Dantes took the role afterwards.

Marian Rivera was supposed to be Dingdong’s leading lady in “Andong Agimat” but she begged off due to her busy schedules in Darna. Rhian Ramos, Dingdong’s leading lady in Stairway to Heaven, took the role.

Andong Agimat has an estimated budget of P50 million and targeted to be screened at the American Film Market, running from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, 2010 in Santa Monica, California.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Adobo Magazine #15, May-June 2008

Fascinated with films, gaming, and with Philippine graphic novels, I thought why not make a video game based on Arnold Arre's graphic novel "Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat"? Maybe even work on a television weekly series or a feature film?

Tony Gloria, Founder & President
Unitel Productions / Optima Digital / Unitel Pictures /
Engine Room / Straight Shooters Media
Artwork by Arnold Arre, c.2008

(Read the entire article in Adobo Magazine's May-June 2008 issue, pp. 66-67)

Monday, August 24, 2009

No Longer a Fantasy for Unitel

No Longer a Fantasy for Unitel
Adobo Magazine, December 2007

“I am entranced by and excited about seeing ‘Andong Agimat’ on Philippine TV. ‘Andong Agimat’ is Unitel’s testament that we are now capable of doing content,” Tony proudly says. In fact, in one of his exploratory talks with a Korea-based content company, he very recently discovered that the well-received koreanovela franchise, “Jewel in the Palace”, is based on a historic event.

Read the rest of the article here.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Signing

Here's a photo from the contract signing in June 2007. Arnold is flanked by his agent Dennis N. Cruz and Unitel's Maila de Vega.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Andong Agimat Fan Art

Check out these fantastic Andong Agimat-inspired artworks:

From Agimax:

From the artist: Got inspired by reading Arnold Arre's graphic novel "Andong Agimat". These are his characters (Left to Right): Lawin, Boboy (Boy Bato) and Andong Agimat rendered in animated style.

See Agimax' Deviant Art gallery here.

From Sprukunuy:

View Sprukunuy's Deviant Art gallery here.