Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig

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Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig
Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya[1]
Produced by Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Charo Santos-Concio
Malou N. Santos
Leonardo Legaspi
Written by Marilou Diaz-Abaya[1]
Starring Jomari Yllana
Marvin Agustin
Ina Feleo
Music by Nonong Buencamino
Cinematography David Abaya
Edited by Tara Illenberger
Archdiocese of Caceres
Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date
  • September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Ikaw ang Pag-ibig (You Are Love) is a religious family-drama film released by Star Cinema with Archdiocese of Caceres and Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center.[2][3] It commemorates the tercentenary of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region in the Philippines. The film was released on September 14, 2011.[4]



Preparations for the film began in July 2010. The film was to be helmed by the critically acclaimed director of Muro Ami and Pusod ng Dagat, Marilou Diaz-Abaya. Initially, the film's tentative titles were Peñafrancia and Ina, but these later changed to Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig.[1] Filming started middle of 2010 in Naga City during the 300th anniversary of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Unitel Productions was supposed to produce this film but when it backed out, the Archdiocese of Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur decided to fund the project.[5]


The film has been Graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board,[6] and Rated PG-13 by the Movie and Television Ratings and Classification Board. It has also been endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the Association of Catholic Universities and the Manila Archdiocese and Parochial Schools, Association, Inc.[3]


The movie revolves around a young, contemporary, rebellious woman Vangie Cruz (Ina Feleo), whose family life and career as a video editor are disrupted when her only brother, a newly ordained priest, Fr. Johnny (Marvin Agustin), is diagnosed of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. As a sibling, Vangie is called upon to be a donor for Fr. Johnny's bone marrow transplant. At first, Vangie is very reluctant. She has a clinical phobia for medical procedures, the reasons for which are rooted in an attempted, but botched, abortion which she suffered through many years earlier and has since been troubled about. Her life is saved by Dr. Joey Lucas (Jomari Yllana) with whom she has a love child, and whom she eventually marries. Vangie's dysfunctional family gravitates around Fr. Johnny, and in their struggle to cope with his illness, find themselves drawn to Ina, begging for her intercession. Their prayers are answered, not so much by way of a miraculous cure for Fr. Johnny, but by the grace of conversion, of love, of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.



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