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‘St. Ignatius’ visits PH

Actor Andreas Muñoz plays the lead role in “Ignacio,” a film about Spanish soldier-saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (SJ). (Photo: JesCom)

QUEZON City, Oct. 4, 2015 – The actor who plays the role of Ignatius of Loyola in a movie about the saint is currently in the Philippines for a two-week visit meeting the local press, knowing the culture, and doing post-production work.

In an advisory, the Jesuit Communications (JesCom), producer of “Ignacio,” explains it aims to present Andreas Muñoz as a person Filipinos can relate to for a better appreciation of the film.

The media arm of the Society of Jesus (SJ) adds it intends to showcase how the movie- making skills of Filipinos are now at par with global standards to which Muñoz himself can attest.

The Spanish actor is in the Philippines until Oct. 15 for post-production dubbing, shooting of extra scenes, photo shoots for promotional materials, initial media interviews, and fundraising.

Ignacio: The First Jesuit

Shot in Spain for historical accuracy by an all-Filipino production crew and an all-Spanish cast, “Ignacio” retells the life and struggles of the first Jesuit for today’s generation.

Directed by Paolo Dy, the movie’s scheduled release in local cinemas is in July 2016 at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia (MOA), Robinsons Place Manila, and Trinoma as well as in Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Naga, Zamboanga, and Palawan.

The film is entirely in English, but translations into Spanish, Polish, Korean, and other languages are already in the works for an expected international commercial release.

For the composition and commercial release of the movie’s original score, JesCom boasts it has teamed up with ABS-CBN.

Acclaimed musician Ryan Cayabyab will compose the score to be performed by the ABS-CBN Orchestra.

Educational film

Endorsed by no less than Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, “Ignacio” will serve as the main instructional material for Jesuit educational institutions.

All students, faculty, staff of all Jesuit educational institutions will be required to watch the movie.

Alumni and friends will have organized blocked screenings available to them.

Member-schools of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) have vowed to mount blocked screenings of “Ignacio” for their basic education students (Grs. 1-12). (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)


Tagle to faithful: Family heals wounded hearts

Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, Oct. 4, 2015—Conflicts inevitably arise among members of the family, but it is still through their support and loving presence that wounded hearts get healed in the most trying times.

This was the message relayed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his keynote speech during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Septr.24.

“All wounds hurt. But wounds are more painful and hurtful when we see our family members suffering…But most hurtful are the wounds inflicted on someone by his or her own family members. The sacredness of the family is wounded by that,” the prelate said.
Tagle noted that the healing presence felt within the family manifests the mystery behind familial ties.

Conflict within families

“Even when homes are hurt by wounds, it is also the home that is the privileged place for comforting and healing wounded hearts. The wounds may come from the family, but it is also the family that becomes the source of comfort and healing,” he said.
Among the common causes of conflict within families is money, causing immense and deep hurt among its members, according to Tagle.

“When brothers and sisters fight over money. When relatives fight over a piece of property, and they say, ‘We are fighting for a principle!’ What type of principle is that, when a piece of land is more important than your brother or sister?” he said.

The cardinal urged the faithful to fight unfortunate circumstances that scar familial ties.

“Open your eyes. Listen to the cries of the wounded. See the wounds, and see the causes of those wounds,” he said.

Leading to alienation

Wounds make persons, families, and communities vulnerable to manipulation, bitterness, despair, exploitation, and even vulnerable to evil, to sin, Tagle noted.

“Some people fall into crime, criminality. They start thinking of evil deeds because of deep wounds. Interior division, the division within me; and the external division, conflicts – they all lead to alienation,” he added.

He emphasized the need for a loving presence within families as this effectively resolves the alienation felt by individuals who are suffering from pain and depression.

“You may have a big, big beautiful house, and still be homeless. For what is a home? A home is not measured by how many acres you have, on which the building called a house sits. No. A home is the gift of a loving presence,” Tagle said.

“That’s a home. Not a house but a home. A loving presence. The gift of a loving presence. Which leads us now to Jesus Christ, the ministry of Jesus,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza / CBCP News)