The Filipino-produced film “Ignacio de Loyola” will have an exclusive limited theatrical run and a big TV premiere this Holy Week.
On April 10 and 11, “Ignacio de Loyola” will be screened at Greenbelt Cinema 1. And on April 14, Good Friday, an adapted-in-Filipino version of the English film will be shown on ABS-CBN Channel 2 at 10:30 pm. The Filipino version features the voices of Dingdong Dantes as Iñigo de Loyola and Nonie Buencamino as Padre Sanchez.
“Ignacio de Loyola” is about St. Ignatius, the saint of second chances. The film tells of how the soldier Iñigo transforms from a man of violence to a man of God, eventually writing theSpiritual Exercises and establishing the Society of Jesus.
“Ignacio de Loyola” is produced by Jesuit Communications (JesCom), the media arm of the Philippine province of the Society of Jesus with the support of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific and One Meralco Foundation. It stars Spanish heartthrob Andreas Muñoz in the title role. The movie was shot entirely in Spain by an all-Filipino creative team headed by director Paolo Dy. The musical score was created by Ryan Cayabyab and performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Both Dingdong and Nonie studied at the Ateneo de Manila, the school run by Filipino Jesuits, so the film about their school’s patron St. Ignatius holds a special place in their hearts.
Dingdong was motivated to be the voice of Iñigo after he watched a live orchestra screening of the film with live orchestra scoring, organized by Rev. Fr. Tito Caluag at Resorts World Manila. The actor/philanthropist was reportedly inspired by Iñigo’s transformation that he spoke during the open forum-short retreat held right after the screening.
“Ignacio de Loyola” continues its worldwide journey this April with screenings inLondon (April 9 at Regent Street Cinema), Cagayan de Oro (April 9 at the Centrio Ayala Mall), andBudapest (April 24 at the Urania National Film Theater in Budapest) and in various theaters in theUS..
For updates, check out the movie’s page on Facebook. For inquiries about screenings and distribution, [email protected]