Felix Manalo (film)
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|Directed by||Joel Lamangan|
|Written by||Bienvenido Santiago|
|Music by||Von de Guzman|
|Distributed by||Viva Entertainment|
Felix Manalo is a 2015 Philippine biographical drama film about the life of Felix Ysagun Manalo, the first Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC; English: Church of Christ), and the church he preached. Manalo is regarded by the members of the Iglesia ni Cristo as the last messenger of God and the restorer of the true Church of Christ, whom the INC gives the title Sugò (Tagalog, "messenger" or "envoy"). The story and screenplay were written by INC evangelism head Bienvenido Santiago. The film was directed by Joel Lamangan. All content of the film was screened and approved by the INC.
The film broke three Guinness world records for film attendance upon release.
Felix Manalo (portrayed by Trillo) studies, joins, doubts, and eventually leaves both Catholicism and Protestantism before starting a church he believes to be a restoration of the Biblical church founded by Jesus.
Joel Lamangan served as the overall director of the film with Armando Reyes as the assistant director, and Glicerio Santos III as the creative producer. The production design was done by Edgar Martin Littaua, Joel Marcelo Bilbao and Daniel Red. Other members of the production team were Bienvenido Santiago (story and screenplay), Rody Lacap (director of photography), Albert Michael Idioma (sound supervisor), Von de Guzman (musical director), John Wong (film editor), and Juvan Bermil (makeup and hair design). The script was written by the head of evangelism of the INC, and the church approved of all content in the film.
About one hundred actors were included in the cast, while 8,000 people were hired as extras. Scenes were shot in Metro Manila, Laguna, Subic, and Bataan. This includes the INC Chapel F. Manalo (formerly Riverside) in San Juan, and the chapel in San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, which was used in the funeral. The whole film was about 6 hours or 360 minutes in length, but a shorter version was used for its theatrical release.
- Gabby Concepcion as Eraño "Erdy" G. Manalo
- AJ Muhlach as young Erdy Manalo
- Dale Baldillo as Eduardo V. Manalo
- Carl Acosta as young Felix Manalo
- Mylene Dizon as Bonifacia "Facia" Manalo
- Yul Servo as Clemente "Mente" Mozo
- Jaime Fabregas as Fr. Mariano de Borja
- Sheryl Cruz as Sanang
- Ramon Christopher Gutierrez as Maestro Cario
- Jaclyn Jose as Tiya Victoria
- Roxanne Barcelo as Praxedes Ysagun
- Arci Muñoz as Tomasa Sereneo-Manalo
- Ricardo Cepeda as Rosendo de Guzmán
- Ruru Madrid as Eusebio Sunga
- Joem Bascon as Lucio Silvestre
- Jaime Pebanco as Justino Casanova
- Antonio Aquitania as Atanacio Morte
- Bobby Andrews as Apolinario Ramos
- Boy-Boy Quizon as Maximiano Diosenito
- Ejay Falcon as Serapio Dionisio
- Bembol Roco as Quintín Rivera
- Mon Confiado as Lencio Javier
- Lloyd Samartino as Atty. Juan Natividad
- Phillip Salvador as Seventh Day Adventist pastor
- Richard R. Felkey as Reverend J.B. Daugherty
- Ryan Eigenmann as Methodist pastor
- Tony Mabesa as Pastor Guillermo Zarco
- Eddie Gutierrez as Pastor Victoriano Mariano
- TJ Trinidad as Pastor Emiliano Quijano
- Richard Quan as Teofilo Ora
- Wendell Ramos as Januario Ponce
- Alfred Vargas as Prudencio Vásquez
- Christopher Roxas as Cirpiano Sandoval
- Tonton Gutierrez as Benjamin Santiago
- Jacky Woo as Lt. Col. Tomatsugu Narusawa
- Elizabeth Oropesa as Cianang
- Biboy Ramirez as Elias
- Raymond Bagatsing as Carling
- Alice Dixson as Lilia
- Ping Medina as INC Member
- Jay Manalo as INC Member
- Allan Paule as INC Member
- Jon Lucas as Bienvenido Manalo
- Snooky Serna as Pilar Manalo-Danao
- Carla Humphries as young Pilar Manalo-Danao
- Gladys Reyes as Avelina Manalo-Makapugay
- Heart Evangelista as Cristina "Tenny" Villanueva-Manalo
- Joel Torre as Teofilo Ramos
- Richard Yap as Glicerio Santos
- Lorna Tolentino as Manalo's physician
The theme song and music video of the film entitled "Ang Sugo ng Diyos sa mga Huling Araw" (English: The Messenger of God in the Last Days) was released on October 4, 2015 at the Philippine Arena. The song was performed by Sarah Geronimo, composed by Joan and Ryan Solitario, and arranged by Louie Ocampo.
On October 4, 2015, its premiere broke three Guinness world records for the largest audience in a film premiere, the largest audience in a film screening and the largest paying audience for a film premiere, with 43,624 attendees. VIVA Films set up a five-story, 22 by 40 meters high definition screen for the premiere at the Philippine Arena.
Felix Manalo was released in Philippine cinemas on October 7, 2015.
The Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines, the governing council for Filipino films, gave the film an "A". The film was graded based on its direction, screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, music scoring, sound, and acting performances.
Reviewers have noted the makeup team's work on Trillo, which during the course of the film ages him from a young man through to age 76, and the nearly three-hour running time. The PhilStar commended the film's recreation of multiple historical time periods. The Manila Bulletin states the film "makes no qualms in its aim to preach" and that a lot of money was spent on the film because it will be "screened in several INC gatherings for many years to come."
Philbert Ortiz Dy of ClickTheCity was also critical, giving it 2 out of 5 stars and wrote, "It is slow, ponderous, and focuses on things that aren’t very interesting at all." While Michael Alegre of the Philippine Online Chronicles did not give a rating, he said in his review that it suffers from "a lack of focus, excessive content, an uneven pace, some jerky editing, and a noticeable partiality towards Felix Manalo".
Fred Hawson of ABS-CBN gave the film 7 out of 10 stars, praising the film's production, cinematography, and acting (particularly of Trillo), and noted the film's educational value "to know our INC brothers better."
|2016||32nd Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies ||Movie of the Year||Felix Manalo||Won|
|Movie Director of the Year||Joel Lamangan||Won|
|Movie Actor of the Year||Dennis Trillo||Won|
|Movie Supporting Actress of the Year||Bela Padilla||Nominated|
|Movie Screenwriter of the Year||Bienvenido Santiago||Nominated|
|Movie Cinematographer of the Year||Rody Lacap||Nominated|
|Movie Production Designer of the Year||Edgar Martin Littaua, Joel Bilbao, and Danny Red||Won|
|Movie Editor of the Year||John Anthony Wong||Nominated|
|Movie Musical Scorer of the Year||Von de Guzman||Nominated|
|Movie Sound Engineer of the Year||Albert Michael Idioma||Nominated|
|Movie Original Theme Song of the Year||“Ang Sugo Ng Diyos Sa Mga Huling Araw” – composed by Joan Solitario and Ryan Solitario; arranged by Louie Ocampo; interpreted by Sarah Geronimo||Won|
|34th Luna Awards ||Best Picture||Felix Manalo||Nominated|
|Best Director||Joel Lamangan||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Dennis Trillo||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Bienvenido Santiago||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Rody Lacap||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Edgar Martin Littaua||Nominated|
|Best Musical Scoring||Von de Guzman||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Albert Michael Idioma and Lamberto Casas Jr.||Nominated|
|2016 FAMAS Awards||Best Picture||Felix Manalo||Won|
|Best Director||Joel Lamangan||Won|
|Best Actor||Dennis Trillo||Won|
|Best Actress||Bela Padilla||Nominated|
|Best Child Performer||Carl Acosta||Nominated|
|Best Story||Bienvenido Santiago||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Bienvenido Santiago||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Rody Lacap||Nominated|
|Best Editing||John Anthony Wong||Nominated|
|Best Sound||Albert Michael Idioma||Nominated|
|Best Musical Score||Von de Guzman||Nominated|
|Best Theme Song||“Ang Sugo Ng Diyos Sa Mga Huling Araw” – composed by Joan Solitario and Ryan Solitario; arranged by Louie Ocampo; interpreted by Sarah Geronimo||Won|
|Best Production Design||Joel Bilbao, Edgar Martin Littaua and Daniel Red||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Adrian Arcega||Nominated|
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