Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger
|Ang Sugo (The Last Messenger)|
|Directed by||Joel Lamangan|
|Produced by||Iglesia Ni Cristo
|Written by||Bienvenido Santiago Sr
Arlyn Dela Cruz
|Release date(s)||to be announced|
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").
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.
Cast and characters
- Richard Gomez as Felix Y. Manalo the first Executive Minister (Tagalog: Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan) of the Iglesia ni Cristo, and incorporated it with the Philippine Government on July 27, 1914. Because there were no precursors to the registered church, external sources and critics of the Iglesia ni Cristo refer to him as the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo and describe him as such. The official doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo is that Felix Y. Manalo is the last messenger of God, sent to reestablish the first church founded by Jesus Christ, which the INC claims to have fallen into apostasy following the death of the Apostles.
- Albert Martinez as Erano G. Manalo the second Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo, serving from 1963 until 2009. He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, Felix Manalo, in 1963. He was instrumental in the propagation and expansion of the church internationally. He previously held office as the General Treasurer of the church, and as a District Minister of Manila.
- Gabby Concepcion as Eduardo V. Manalo the third and current Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
- 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)
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.
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, which is held by the premiere of 2012 documentary film Honor Flight, with an attendance of 28,442 people.
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