Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger

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Ang Sugo (The Last Messenger)
Directed by Joel Lamangan[1]
Produced by Iglesia Ni Cristo
Viva Films[1][2]
Written by Bienvenido Santiago Sr
Arlyn Dela Cruz
Starring Richard Gomez
Albert Martinez
Gabby Concepcion
Release date(s) to be announced
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
English
Budget 300 million[3]
US$7.5 million (estimated)

Ang Sugo or The Last Messenger (international title) is an upcoming epic-historical-biographical film dramatising the life of Felix Ysagun Manalo, the first Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), and the church he preached. Manalo is regarded by the members of the Iglesia ni Cristo as the last prophet of God and restorer of the true church, whom they call Sugo (Tagalog, "messenger" or "envoy").[4]

Plot[edit]

Ang Sugo covers Manalo's life, particularly his religious journey that culminated in his establishing the Iglesia Ni Cristo, which he registered with the Philippine government on 27 July 1914. The film will also depict the origins of the church during the American Occupation, its growth in the Philippines, its international expansion and the administrations of later Executive Ministers until the present.[3][5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Major Cast[edit]

Supporting Cast[edit]

  • Dawn Zulueta as Honorata de Guzman-Manalo (Felix Manalo's wife)
  • Snooky Serna as Cristina Villanueva-Manalo (Erano Manalo's wife)
  • Gladys Reyes as Bonifacia Manalo-Ysagun (Felix Manalo's mother)

Production[edit]

At least half a million of people will participate as extras for the film. The film will be shoot in different parts of the world where INC has established congregations. Aside from the over-all director, Joel Lamangan, the church will hire an Oscar-winning director of photography from Germany.[4][8]

Screening[edit]

The movie was conceptualized initially for the upcoming celebration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo centennial on 27 July 2014 until the release was moved indefinitely. Once the movie is completed, it will be premiered in the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena, and the 20,000-seater Philippine Stadium in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan, both owned by the church. The movie premiere will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance at a film screening,[8][9] which is held by the premiere of 2012 documentary film Honor Flight, with an attendance of 28,442 people.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Constantino, Ronald (April 7, 2014). "Richard-Angel ‘dream’ reunion". Tempo. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Concepcion, Gabby. "Instagram (concepciongabby)". Instagram. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Rose (November 30, 2012). "Gladys Reyes on Iglesia Ni Cristo movie Ang Sugo". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "'Ang Sugo (The Last Messenger):' Movie Of The Century". Manila Bulletin. December 4, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "INC gears up for centennial with movie". ABS-CBNnews.com. November 28, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Borromeo, Eric. "Gabby Concepcion replaces Bong Revilla in Iglesia Ni Cristo centennial movie". PEP.ph. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ No shifts seen when Ka Erdie's son takes over INC -- ABSCBNNews.com
  8. ^ a b Cruz, Marinel (December 12, 2012). "Stars of Manalo biopic said to be 'chosen ones'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bayani Agbayani grilled on 'Ihaw Na!' 00:07:30". The ABSCBN News on YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Largest Attendance at a Film Screening". Guinness World Records. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 

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