IGNACIO DE LOYOLA, the first-ever Filipino produced movie screened at the Vatican, will finally be seen by Filipinos premiering on July 23 at The Theater at Solaire Resort, Paranaque – a fund-raising dinner activity organized by the Ateneo de Manila University Alumni for the benefit of the Jesuit Infirmary and Jesuit Scholastics in the Philippines.
The special screening of the Jesuit Communications (JesCom) produced full length independent film on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola will start at 4pm, and will have a live performance of the musical scoring, composed by the “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab, featuring the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ateneo Chamber Singers, under the masterful direction of Gerard Salonga.
IGNACIO DE LOYOLA takes a modern approach on the story of the very first Jesuit who is known as the “Saint of Second Chances.” It narrates the story of a sinner who realizes that the greatest battles are fought within – the choice between violence and mercy, anger and forgiveness, hope and despair, darkness and light.
Ignacio was a worldly soldier who gave up his dreams of knighthood after being crippled in battle. Eventually, he found the Jesuit order during his recovery.
The movie received great reviews during its sneak preview last June 14 at the Vatican with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., director of La Civilta Cattolica -an Italian magazine founded by a group of Jesuits.
“I like this film so much because it gives you the meaning, the core of the life of Ignatius of Loyola. The Ignatius here is represented as a person of great spiritual dynamic and struggle. At the same time, it represents the interior life in action. So this movie gave me a lot and it is very well done.” Fr. Spadaro said after watching the movie.
IGNACIO DE LOYOLA is an ambitious project, produced by Filipino filmmakers in collaboration with a European cast and crew. The scope of the film meant shooting the biopic almost entirely in Spain, Ignacio’s home, for about two months. It also stars a Spanish-speaking cast led by Andreas Muñoz, who portrayed the revered “sinner soldier-turned-Soldier of Christ.”
For tickets and inquiries to the July 23 special screening at Solaire Resort, call the Jesuit Communications office at (632) 4265971 to 72 and look for Cathy Cardoz or Cynthia Estrella.
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