FILM PRODUCTION: Wings Entertainment / Beginnings at
Twenty Plus, Inc.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: FRANCIS O.
ABOUT THE FILM:
In celebration of the forthcoming canonization of
Blessed Pedro Calungsod on October 21, 2012 in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City,
Rome, Italy, we are working on an independent film on the life and martyrdom of
the next Filipino saint.
Dubbed “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir”, the digital
film stars JM DE GUZMAN of ABS-CBN’s telenovela “Angelito”.
Pedro Calungsod was a young, teenage Visayan-Filipino
catechist and a pioneering overseas Filipino worker who served under Jesuit
missionary Father Diego de San Vitores (to be played by CHRISTIAN VASQUEZ) in
the Spanish mission to the Marianas (known today as Guam) to propagate the
Christian faith in 1668-1672, since the people there at that time were “pagans”
(didn’t believe in GOD).
His dramatic life was cut short when he was killed by
Chamorro natives at 17 years old while protecting the mission superior, Father
A moving and inspiring story of a young man’s love of
God, the film will have its Philippine theatrical release in November 2012. The
film will also have an eight (8) month nationwide screening tour of religious
communities, corporate and government organizations, youth civic groups,
elementary, high school and universities (October 2012 to May 2013).
II. ROLES/ CHARACTERS:
KUYA MANZANO >> PADRE LUIS DE MEDINA (MISSIONARY)
PADRE LUIS DE MEDINA -- a soft-hearted Spanish Jesuit
missionary and close friend of Padre Diego de San Vitores who baptized the
native Chamorros of the Marianas Island (old Guam) and who was eventually
killed. Thin, lanky, and dedicated to his evangelical work.
III. DIRECTOR’S PROFILE: FRANCIS O.
FRANCIS O. VILLACORTA is a theater artist (playwright,
director, producer) and a History-Political Science graduate from De La Salle
He has previously mounted “Oedipus Rex” (1997), “Juan
Luna” (2000), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (2002), “Bayan-Bayanan” (2003), “Sa
Ngalan ng Ama” (2004), “Doctor Faustus” (2006), “Hamlet” (2006), “Tatlong
Kuwento ng Bagong Bayani” (2007) , “Beloved Beata: The Mother Ignacia del
Espiritu Santo Story” (2007), “Batang Bosco” (2008), “Saint Scholastica” (2008),
“The Virgin of the Poor” (2008), “Dominic” (2009), “The Jose P. Laurel Story”
(2009), “Confessions of a Soul: The Life of Saint Augustine” (2009), “Journey to
Rotary: The Paul Harris Story” (2010) and “Francisca de Manila: the Mother
Francisca del Espiritu Santo Story” (2011).
He is scheduled to mount on stage “Man of the Masses:
The Ramon Magsaysay Story” and “Venceremos: Che Guevarra”. Soon, he is set to
lens films on”Pedro Calungsod: Batang Ama”, "Voltar", “Tomas Claudio: The
Forgotten Hero”, and “The Good Fighter: The Manuel L. Quezon