Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir is a celebration of Christianity, says director Francis Villacorta

In Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, Rocco Nacino (right) and Christian Vasquez (left) portray missionaries who aim to baptize the Chamorro natives in the Marianas (now called Guam).

Every year during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), one of the most talked about topics (aside from the award winners) is predicting which entry will end up as the top-grosser.

While attaining huge box-office figures is every filmmaker’s dream, director Francis Villacorta would rather focus on creating impact through the MMFF 2013 entry Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir.

“The film is a celebration of Christianity…it’s about our relationship with Jesus Christ. Nowadays, ang daming approaches to the Christian faith, and [Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir] aims to rally everyone behind Jesus Christ. Hindi yung separate or distinguish one Christian group from the other,” explains Direk Francis.

Amidst all the challenges of coming up the film—from researching to shooting difficult scenes—Direk Francis says the hand of God was at work every step of the way. “Everything just happened in the right time at the right place. It’s really God’s will that [the film] is done this way. I leave it to Him kung saan talaga mapupunta yung project,” says Direk Francis who also wrote the script for the historical drama film.

Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir is one of eight official entries to MMFF 2013 that will begin on Christmas Day, December 25.

Direk Francis remains hopeful for the support of the Christian church. “I hope the church will look at this film that can help elevate Christianity and put it back where it used to be. We want to unite behind the Christian faith,” he concludes.

(Read MOVIE REVIEW: Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir)





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