One Meralco Foundation supports Filipino-made biopic ‘Ignacio de Loyola’

Just last week the movie on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola was featured in various cinemas. To those not familiar with him, he is the founder of the Society of Jesus whose members, the Jesuits, are known for their educational, missionary, and charitable works worldwide. He is also the patron saint of Ateneo that’s why I came to know his name even before since it’s the school just adjacent to my high school. 

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Our protagonist St. Ignatius of Loyola portrayed by Andreas Munoz 

The new full-length independent feature film produced by Jesuit Communications (JesCom) Philippines documents the life and times of St. Ignatius, a Spanish knight who lived a life of vice and violence before he became a changed man and offered himself to the service of God.

One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey O. Tarayao said there is probably no other film more deserving of their support. As part of their advocacy One Meralco Foundation is the co-presentor of this film.

“Being the first locally produced movie screened at the Vatican, the biopic will not only strengthen religious beliefs, but will also showcase Filipinos’ film-making acumen,” he said.

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(L-R) One Meralco Foundation (OMF) president Jeffrey Tarayao, Jesuit Communications Foundation executive director Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, SJ and OMF vice chairman Oscar Reyes.

“Ignacio De Loyola” was filmed in Spain starring Spanish actors led by Andreas Muñoz, and had an all-Filipino core production crew led by director Paolo Dy, JesCom head Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, SJ, and JesCom creative director Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin.

I actually pored over the dailies just this weekend a this movie had a lot of good reviews and insights to it considering that it is backed by a Filipino Production Crew.

Tarayao shared that OMF values are perfectly aligned with Jesuits’ teachings: “We at OMF have always heeded the call for us to become men and women for others – a hallmark Ignatian value.

Leading by example by putting to life the tradition of service to humanity, OMF Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan is a graduate of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, and so are OMF Vice Chair Oscar S. Reyes and Trustee Alfredo S. Panlilio, who heads Meralco’s Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications.

Movie-goers can catch the film starting July 27 in cinemas nationwide. Visit http://www.ignaciomovie.com, facebook.com/ignaciomovie and follow @ignaciomovie on Twitter and Instagram for more details.

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