• ‘Blue’ execs support ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ biopic

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    ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ lead actor Andreas Muñoz films on location in Spain

    ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ lead actor Andreas Muñoz films on location in Spain

    As proud graduates of Jesuit-run school Ateneo de Manila University, One Meralco Foundation president Jeffrey Tarayo, vice chair Oscar Reyes and trustee Alfredo Panlilio have thrown the social responsibility organization’s support behind the biopic Ignacio De Loyola, based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

    Through history, St. Ignatius’ Jesuits have been known for their educational, missionary, and charitable works worldwide.

    Guided by the Jesuit and Atenean principle of “service to humanity,” One Meralco Foundation (OMF), officially took on the responsibilty as co-presentor of Ignacio De Loyola in simple rites led by the the three executives.

    (from left) One Meralco Foundation (OMF) president Jeffrey Tarayao, Jesuit Communications Foundation executive director Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, SJ and OMF vice chairman Oscar Reyes

    (from left) One Meralco Foundation (OMF) president Jeffrey Tarayao, Jesuit Communications Foundation executive director Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso, SJ and OMF vice chairman Oscar Reyes

    Ignacio De Loyola is a full-length independent feature film produced by Jesuit Communications (JesCom) Philippines documenting the life and times of St. Ignatius, a Spanish knight who lived a life of vice and violence before he became a changed man and offered himself to the service of God.

    OMF president Tarayao said there is probably no other film more deserving of their support.

    “Being the first locally produced movie screened at the Vatican, the biopic will not only strengthen religious beliefs, but will also showcase Filipinos’ film-making acumen,” he stated.

    Ignacio De Loyola was filmed in Spain starring a cast of Spanish actors led by Andreas Muñoz,and had an all-Filipino core production crew led by director Paolo Dy, JesCom head Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, SJ, and JesCom creative director Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin.

    ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ film director Paolo Dy

    ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ film director Paolo Dy

    Tarayao, who is always proud to wear Ateneo’s school colors of white and blue, shared that OMF values are perfectly aligned with Jesuits’ teachings: “We at OMF have always heeded the call for us to become men and women for o­thers — a hallmark Ignatian value.”

    Ignacio De Loyola opened in cinemas nationwide on July 27 and is still showing.

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