First, it was Antonio Luna’s story being rediscovered by Pinoy moviegoers especially the millennials. Then, it was an eight-hour epic that tells of Gregoria de Jesus’ search for the missing body of husband Andres and follows the journey of Crisostomo Ibarra and Simoun. History captured in cinema.
Now coming to the silver screen is a film about the life-long struggles of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Spanish knight who later offered himself to the service of God and founded the Society of Jesus whose members are better known as Jesuits.
Proudly Filipino-made, “Ignacio de Loyola” is the first locally produced movie screened at the Vatican. Helping make the film a reality were various groups that include One Meralco Foundation (OMF) whose chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan or MVP, is a true-blue Atenean.
“It is a source of great pride for us to be one of those who supported the production of an epic film that celebrates the life and times of a great saint, and highlights the capabilities of Filipino film-making,” said OMF president Jeffrey Tarayao.
“We are delighted to be part of this movie because OMF shares, to a large extent, the Ignatian values and special calling for us to become men and women for others,” he added.
Aside from MVP, OMF Vice Chair Oscar S. Reyes, and Trustee Alfredo S. Panlilio are all from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University and are steeped in the order’s tradition of service to humanity.
Don’t miss this great Filipino cinema opus.
The “Ignacio de Loyola” divine epic opens in Philippine theaters on July 27. For more information about the film, check out www.ignaciomovie.com, facebook.com/ignaciomovie and follow @ignaciomovie on Twitter and Instagram.