“FELIX MANALO,” the eponymous biopic of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) founder, which was shown in theaters October last year, bagged the major awards at the 32nd PMPC Star Awards held on March 6.
The historical drama won Movie of the Year plus Best Director and Best Actor honors for Joel Lamangan and Dennis Trillo, respectively.
The film also won awards for Movie Production Designer of the Year (Edgar Martin Littaua, Joel Bilbao, and Danny Red) and Movie Original Theme Song of the Year (“Ang Sugo ng Diyos Mula Sa Mga HulingAraw” sung by Sarah Geronimo).
Produced under the leadership of the INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo as part of the INC’s 100th year celebration last July 27, 2014, “Felix Manalo” featured actors and actresses spanning generations of filmdom, including Joel Torre, Elizabeth Oropesa, Bella Padilla and Gladys Reyes.
Last year, the film entered the Guinness Book of World Records when its premiere screening was recognized for “Largest Attendance For A Film Screening” and “Largest Attendance For A Film Premiere.”
A record-setting 43,624 people trooped to The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, for its first public showing.
Reached for comment, Lamangan said he was proud of the film, and the awards were a validation that Felix Manalo the film and the person deserved serious consideration from Filipino critics and the moviegoers for offering a truthful narration of the origins and challenges of the homegrown Filipino church.
A DVD format of the movie is set to be released worldwide.