Felix Manalo (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Felix Manalo
Felix Manalo movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Written by Bienvenido Santiago
Starring Dennis Trillo
Bela Padilla
Music by Von de Guzman
Cinematography Rody Lacap
Production
company
Distributed by Viva Entertainment
Release date
  • October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) (Philippine Arena)
  • October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07) (Philippines)
  • October 30, 2015 (2015-10-30) (United States)
Running time
175 minutes[1]
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
English
Budget ₱150 million[2]
($3.3 million)
Box office ₱226 million[3]
($4.8 million)

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").[4] The story and screenplay were written by INC evangelism head Bienvenido Santiago.[5] The film was directed by Joel Lamangan. All content of the film was screened and approved by the INC.[5]

The film broke three Guinness world records for film attendance upon release.[citation needed]

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Production[edit]

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).[6][7] The script was written by the head of evangelism of the INC, and the church approved of all content in the film.[5]

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.[8]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

[9]

Supporting cast[edit]

[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

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.[10]

Release[edit]

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[11][12] and the largest paying audience for a film premiere, with 43,624 attendees.[13] VIVA Films set up a five-story, 22 by 40 meters high definition screen for the premiere at the Philippine Arena.[8]

The film's cinematic release is 175 minutes in length while the 6-hour version will be included in the DVD release.[1][8]

Felix Manalo was released in Philippine cinemas on October 7, 2015.

Reception[edit]

The Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines, the governing council for Filipino films, gave the film an "A".[14] The film was graded based on its direction, screenplay, cinematography, editing, production design, music scoring, sound, and acting performances.[15]

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,[16][17] and the nearly three-hour running time.[17] The PhilStar commended the film's recreation of multiple historical time periods.[16] 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."[17]

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."[18] 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".[19]

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."[20]

Awards[edit]

Year Award-giving body Category Recipient Result
2016 32nd Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies [21][22] 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 [23] 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[24][25] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Felix Manalo- AMC Theatres". AMC Theatres. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "'Felix Manalo' movie portrays Iglesia ni Cristo history". Rappler. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Felix Manalo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "'Ang Sugo (The Last Messenger):' Movie Of The Century". Manila Bulletin. December 4, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Pablo A. Tariman. "The life and times of Ka Felix Manalo according to Direk Joel Lamangan". catanduanestribune.com news. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Felix Manalo". Viva Films. 
  7. ^ Lo, Ricky (August 17, 2015). "Manalo bioflick survives obstacles, set for showing". Philstar. 
  8. ^ a b c Asis, Salve (15 September 2015). "Mga taga-Guinness darating para sa premiere night ng Felix…" (in Filipino). Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "About the Film". FelixManaloTheMovie.com. Viva Films. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Geronimo sings "Felix Manalo" theme song". Eagle News. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  11. ^ ""Felix Manalo" sets two world records". Eagle News. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Lara Tan (October 6, 2015). "'Felix Manalo' premiere bags 2 Guinness World Record titles". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Aquino, Leslie Ann (1 January 2016). "Iglesia Ni Cristo breaks 4 Guinness world records". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  14. ^ Red, Isah (4 October 2015). "CEB rates 'Felix Manalo' with A". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Republic Act No. 9167". The Lawphil Project. Arellano Law Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Cito Beltran (October 9, 2015). "Now showing : Felix Manalo Review". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Jojo Panaligan (October 9, 2015). "'Felix Manalo' notches another feat". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Felix Manalo' Doesn't Care About Being a Good Movie". Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Alegre, Michael (12 October 2015). "[Review] 'Felix Manalo' and the negative ripple effect". The Philippine Online Chronicles. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Hawson, Fred (9 October 2015). "Review: 'Felix Manalo' as idealized icon". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  21. ^ Samodio, Anica (7 March 2016). "Dennis Trillo is 32nd PMPC Star Awards best actor for 'Felix Manalo'". GMA News. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, PMPC Star Awards for Movies 2016". Rappler. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ Tuazon, Nikko (9 September 2016). "John Lloyd Cruz, John Arcilla, Dennis Trillo among Best Actor nominees at 34th Luna Awards". PEP. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, FAMAS Awards 2016". Rappler. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  25. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (December 5, 2016). "'Felix Manalo' named best picture at 64th Famas Awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 

External links[edit]