FILM TITLE: “PEDRO CALUNGSOD: BATANG MARTIR”
A Motion Picture by Francis O. Villacorta
GENRE: Historical Drama (Biography)
FILM PRODUCTION: Wings Entertainment / Beginnings at Twenty Plus, Inc.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: FRANCIS O. VILLACORTA
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 San Vitores.
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. VILLACORTA
FRANCIS O. VILLACORTA is a theater artist (playwright, director, producer) and a History-Political Science graduate from De La Salle University.
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 Story”.