Luna Gold intercepts 33.00 m of 2.46g/t Au from surface and 5.00 m of 6.26 g/t Au at the Aurizona Gold Project, Brazil

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Luna Gold Corp. (TSXV-LGC) ("Luna" or the
"Company") is pleased to announce new assay results from the Company's 4,000 m
drill program at Piaba, the main mineralized zone at Aurizona, including hole
BRAZD-232 which intercepted 33.00 m of 2.46 g/t Au from surface.

    -   33.00 metres @ 2.46 g/t Au, including 1.00 metre @
        53.26 g/t Au, in hole BRAZD-232

    -   21.00 metres @ 2.33 g/t Au including 1.00 m @ 32.44 g/t Au and
        14.00 m @ 2.61 g/t Au including 5.00 m @ 6.26 g/t Au in hole

    -   34.72 metres @ 1.04 g/t Au in hole BRAZD-224

    -   22.00 metres @ 1.01 g/t Au in hole BRAZD-234

    -   3.00 metres @ 6.00 g/t Au in hole BRAZD-235

    Luna's CEO, Tim Searcy, comments, "Drill results from the current program
have shown that contrary to past interpretations of the historic drilling,
Piaba is open along strike to the west and at depth. These results are the
last from Piaba that will be included in the upcoming reserve and resource
estimate, due in early May. However, drilling continues at Aurizona, currently
at the Tatajuba deposit. Ongoing resource and geologic modeling will be used
to generate depth and strike extension drill targets at Piaba, for a drill
program to commence at the completion of the Tatajuba drilling."
    Complete assay results have been received for a further 12 holes totaling
1,422 metres drilled within the 2.4 km long corridor of the Piaba deposit. All
the drill holes intersected gold mineralization. Significant mineralized
intercepts are tabulated below.

                                TOTAL                                    Au
      HOLE ID    AZI    DIP  DEPTH (m)  FROM (m)    TO (m)  INT (m)    (g/t)
    BRAZD-224    168     50    115.15     10.28     45.00    34.72     1.04

    BRAZD-225    168     50     70.45      7.75     19.00    11.25     1.02
                                          25.00     35.00    10.00     1.37

    BRAZD-226    348     60     130.90    56.00     57.00     1.00     8.27

    BRAZD-227    348     75     120.30     0.00      4.00     4.00     1.26
                                          80.00     83.00     3.00     1.76
                                          96.00    105.00     9.00     1.44

    BRAZD-228    338     50     100.40    34.00     36.20     2.20     2.50
                                          48.00     56.00     8.00     1.11
                                          73.00    100.00    27.00     1.08

    BRAZD-229    338     50     100.00     1.45      5.00     3.55     3.61
                                          79.00     86.00     7.00     1.21

    BRAZD-230    340     50     105.60    98.00    101.00     3.00     3.22

    BRAZD-231    340     60     110.15   103.00    106.00     3.00     1.16

    BRAZD-232    168     60      96.30     0.00     33.00    33.00     2.46
    including                             16.00     17.00     1.00    53.26

    BRAZD-233    168     50     201.50     0.00      6.00     6.00     1.83
                                          44.00     65.00    21.00     2.33
    including                             44.00     45.00     1.00    32.44
                                          81.80     96.00    14.20     1.03
                                         100.65    107.30     6.65     1.16
                                         116.00    130.00    14.00     2.61
    including                            125.00    130.00     5.00     6.26
                                         174.65    176.50     1.85     9.94

    BRAZD-234    168     60     125.40    43.00     65.00    22.00     1.01
                                          72.00     86.00    14.00     1.10

    BRAZD-235    168     50     145.40    69.00     72.00     3.00     6.00
                                          84.00     94.00    10.00     1.39

       Table 1. Mineralized intercepts from initial drill holes, Piaba
           deposit. Width in the table represents core width of the
            intersections, and does not represent the true width.

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    BRAZD-228 to BRAZD-231 were part of the open pit definition drilling
program sited to test the western extension of the Piaba deposit where
historic drilling has indicated that mineralization is less well developed
than in the centre of Piaba. However, in line with Luna drill results from
this area reported on January 10, new drill hole BRAZD-228 returned a
significant gold intercept of 27.00 m @ 1.08 g/t Au and ended in
mineralization. These results indicate the potential for gold mineralization
in this area and will be followed-up with infill drilling at a future date.
    BRAZD-224 to BRAZD-227 were shallow holes drilled in the west-centre
portion of Piaba. BRAZD-226 and 227 were sited to the south and outside of the
main zone, in order to constrain the mineralized envelope in this area.
BRAZD-224 and 225 were drilled in the oxide zone up-dip of historic drill
holes to infill areas of inferred resources and returned drill results
consistent with expectations for this area including BRAZD-224 which returned
34.72 m @ 1.04 g/t Au from 10.28 m core depth.
    BRAZD-232 to BRAZD-235 were drilled in the east-centre portion of Piaba
to constrain the eastern limit of the central area. BRAZD-232 returned 33.00 m
@ 2.46 g/t Au from surface. BRAZD-233 returned several wide mineralized zones
including 21.00 m @ 2.33 g/t Au and 14.00 m @ 2.61 g/t Au. Both drill holes
also intersected narrow intervals of high grade mineralization consistent with
recent drill results.
    Luna's Exploration Manager, Dr. Titus Haggan states "The wide zone of
gold mineralization intersected in BRAZD-228, located in the extreme western
portion of Piaba is the best drill result from this outboard area. BRAZD-232
returned a wide zone of gold mineralization from surface in the area where
open pit mining is programmed to commence in 2009. BRAZD-233 intersected
several wide mineralized zones in the upper central portion of the deposit,
which will facilitate resource modeling in this area. BRAZD-233 also
intersected a couple of high grade seams at depth in the bedrock. These
results continue to highlight the depth potential at Aurizona."

    Quality Assurance/Quality Control

    Luna operates a rigorous QA/QC protocol on all aspects of sampling and
analytical procedure. Drill core is checked, logged, marked for sampling and
sawn in half. One half of the HTW (71 mm diameter) core is maintained for
future reference and one half of the core is sent for analysis. Samples are
collected in approximately 1 meter intervals or less when a mineralized zone
is encountered. All core and samples are stored in secure locked areas.
Samples are transported from the Aurizona project to the ACME Lab sample
preparation facility in Maraba, Para accompanied by Luna personnel. Samples
are assayed at ACME Labs in Vancouver, Canada using a 30 gram fire assay with
ICP-MS finish. Each sample batch contains 10% of randomly inserted internal
control samples consisting of certified analytical standards, blanks (barren
rock) and duplicates. These QA/QC procedures provide several measures of data
quality and assure the Company that the assay data is representative of the
original sample.
    Titus Haggan Ph.D., EurGeol Certified Professional Geologist No.746,
Luna's Brazil Exploration Manager is the Qualified Person as defined under
National Instrument 43-101 responsible for the scientific and technical work
on the exploration program and has reviewed the technical disclosure in this
press release.

    About Luna Gold Corp

    Luna is a mining exploration company focused on the acquisition,
exploration, and development of gold resources and advanced stage gold
exploration projects in northeastern Brazil.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors


    Tim Searcy, P. Geo. - President and CEO


    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
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    Regulatory Footnotes

    This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation
of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities
have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities
Act of 1933, as amended or any state securities laws and may not be offered or
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United States Securities Act of 1933 and applicable state securities laws or
an exemption from such registration is available.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Statements in this release that are forward-looking statements are
subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors
identified in Luna Gold Corp.'s periodic filings with Canadian Securities
Regulators. Such forward-looking information represents management's best
judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking
statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially.
Luna Gold does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking

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