In 1668, a young Cebuano named Pedro Calungsod left home to join a Spanish Jesuit priest on a mission to the Marianas Islands (Guam).
Here begins the story of Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir.
Rocco Nacino plays the title character Pedro, a trained catechist and mission assistant, who worked with Fr. Diego de San Vitores (played by Christian Vasquez).
In the Marianas, Pedro helped the San Diego Mission in preaching God’s word and baptizing natives known as Chamorros. It was indeed a challenging time to share the Christian faith as paganism prevailed among the natives who openly expressed their doubts about the mission’s teachings.
An official entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival, the movie Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir is described as “a historical epic adventure film about the life and martyrdom of the Filipino saint that changed the Marianas forever.”
Fr. Diego worked with Pedro in reaching as many natives as possible to enlighten them about Christianity, to the point of risking their lives in order to continue their missionary work. Today, Guam is a Catholic state and the movie highlights Pedro’s role in this divine mission.
Also joining the cast are Jestoni Alarcon, Ryan Eigenmann, Robert Correa, Alvin Aragon, Victor Basa, BJ Forbes, Carlo Gonzalez, Arthur Solinap, Mico Palanca, Geoff Taylor, Johann Santos, Isadora Valasquez, and Mercedes Cabral.
Playing the young Pedro Calungsod in the movie is child actor Marc Justine Alvarez, with '90s matinee idol Jao Mapa taking on the role of his tatang. The film is based on a screenplay by Francis Villacorta who is also the director.
Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir is a production of H.P.I. Synergy Group.