Believe it or not.
Actor Richard Gutierrez and director Carlo J. Caparas have professed they witnessed miracles on the set of the film Miracles are Forever, based on El Shaddai Bro. Mike Velarde’s book on the religious leader’s encounter with wonders.
According to Gutierrez who’s playing PO1 Allan Franco–one of the survivors in the Mamasapano incident–there were really unexplainable things that occurred while filming the omnibus project for Viva Films and Golden Lion Films.
“I witnessed that when we were firing back on the enemy, the bullets were just passing through my uniform,” said the actor to the throng gathered at AMVEL City in Parañaque recently.
Although he didn’t specify whether the ammunition was live or fake, it was obvious that he was referring to the actual encounter of Franco during the Mamasapano tragedy.
Gutierrez said that PO1 Allan Franco was wearing an El Shaddai hanky given to him by his mom hours before the “misencounter,” that’s why the policeman was spared from death.
“As long as we believe in the goodness of the Lord we will be saved,” said Gutierrez who was with her mother, the controversial and irrepressible Annabelle Rama, who was seated in the gallery with buddy, fellow Cebuana and actress-producer Donna Villa whom Caparas introduced to the audience as his most beautiful wife.
PO1 Allan Franco was seated onstage beside co-stars Jackie Lou Blanco and Arci Muñoz.
Meanwhile, Caparas related, as well, apparent miracles, which he admittedly experienced while on the set.
“I didn’t have my voice during the scenes I shot with Bro. Mike so I just relayed my instructions through my assistant directors. I also wrote on papers or sent text messages to the people involved about my directorial instructions,” recounted Caparas to the faithful.
“But when I took in the soup which Bro. Mike said I should take after him, I was relieved and my voice regained when I went in to my car, and Donna asked me my day’s work,” he recalled.
Caparas also said that there were many instances of wonderment on the set like the unexpected appearance of a herd of cattle, which he deemed necessary to signify the shelter of the policemen from danger.
“Para harangan ng mga baka yung mga pulis na matamaan ng bala,” quipped the director.
The King of Komiks said that all this would make the film more colorful.
The sudden appearance, as well, of a horse from nowhere also inspired Caparas to go on with the inclusion of the animal in the scene.
“Magpapaganda lalo nito ang pelikula,” he exclaimed.
Villa, on her part, said that she would bring a hundred stars to the set on May 14 to the delight of the El Shaddai followers, where she will introduce the film to them.