Magnifico (film)

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Directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes
Written by Michiko Yamamoto (screenplay & story)
Starring Jiro Manio
Lorna Tolentino
Albert Martinez
Gloria Romero
Mark Gil
Celia Rodriguez
Amy Austria
Cherry Pie Picache
Tonton Gutierrez
Danilo Barrios
Country Philippines
Language Filipino/Tagalog/English

Magnifico is a 2003 Filipino FAMAS Award-winning drama film directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes, written by Michiko Yamamoto, and starring Jiro Manio, Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez, Gloria Romero. The film was shot in the province of Laguna and is based on the grand prize-winning piece from a 2001 national screenplay writing contest sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.


A couple begins to lose hope and courage when faced with life's adversities - a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy, a son who loses his scholarship, and a young boy named Magnifico or Ikoy, who is not so good in school. But Ikoy has a good heart and a large spirit that allows him to give joy to hopeless people in their community and magically transforms their lives for the better. When Ikoy's grandmother is discovered to have stomach cancer, which has reached uncontrollable stage, he sets out to provide her with a proper funeral when the time comes for her passing. However, hardships arise to accomplish his task and he is ultimately left with an ironic fate.


  • Jiro Manio as Magnifico
  • Lorna Tolentino as Edna
  • Albert Martinez as Gerry
  • Gloria Romero as Lola Magda
  • Celia Rodriguez as Ka Doring
  • Mark Gil as Domeng
  • Tonton Gutierrez as Ka Romy
  • Amy Austria as Tessie
  • Cherry Pie Picache as Cristy
  • Danilo Barrios as Miong
  • Susan Africa as Pracing
  • Isabella De Leon as Helen
  • Dindin Llarena as Ria
  • Joseph Roble as Carlo
  • Girlie Sevilla as Isang
  • Jon Romano as Ria's Father (as John Romano)
  • Dido De La Paz as Foreman
  • Alison VII as Makoy (as Allyson VII Gonzales)
  • David Granado as Tessie's Husband
  • Scarlet as Teacher
  • Jojo Vinzon as Gay Friend
  • Dan De Guzman II as Teacher
  • Romy Guiwa as Friend
  • Big Boy Gomez as Friend (as Boy Gomez)
  • Arnold as Friend
  • Cheenee as Friend
  • Wendy Hunter as Friend
  • Brilla Graza as Friend
  • Rosel De Ramos as Pawnshop Teller


Magnifico gained international acclaim as an indie film in major international film festivals gaining 31 wins and 11 other nominations. It won the Crystal Bear for the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival Children's Category as well as the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix. In the same year, it also garnered seven major awards in the FAMAS Awards, seven awards in the Gawad Urian Awards, seven awards in the Golden Screen Awards and six awards in the FAP Awards in its home country. In 2011, the Gawad Urian Awards Committee proclaimed Magnifico as the "Best Film of the Decade". It received positive reviews from film critics. Currently, it holds a 63% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


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