‘St. Ignatius’ visits PH

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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)


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