Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir is being endorsed by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
Producers of Pedro Calungsod informed PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that their film is the second movie endorsed by the CEAP, with the first being the drama film Boses.
Rocco Nacino brings life to the catechist-turned-martyr Pedro Calungsod while Christian Vazquez portrays Fr. Diego de San Vitores in this period film.
Written and directed by Francis Villacorta, Pedro Calungsod is currently showing in cinemas nationwide as part of the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival.
In his recent letter addressed to CEAP-accredited schools and universities in the country, its President, Mr. Narciso Erquiza, JR.FSC, mentioned that he is personally endorsing this MMFF 2013 entry especially to students and the youth of today.
Executive producer Ida Tiongson also announced that MMFF Playdate Committee has agreed to continue showing the movie in additional cinemas starting January 2 until January 7, 2014, to accommodate requests from different schools, which will then resume classes from Christmas break.
Here is the letter of CEAP President Mr. Erquiza:
“On behalf of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), I would like to endorse the movie Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir which will be shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival this holiday season.
“CEAP fully supports spreading the message of Pedro Calungsod’s life to the youth of today.
“Last October 21, 2012, the second Filipino saint, Pedro Calungsod, was canonized. He was an exceptional young man who started as an ordinary boy with extraordinary faith and died a martyr proclaiming his faith.
“Saint Pedro Calungsod has many more attributes that the young Filipinos can emulate and values that they can live out courageously today.
“We would like to ask for your cooperation and partnership in promoting Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir to the youth and Filipinos by sharing his life story and faith through this movie depicting his life.
“We hope that Saint Pedro Calungsod will be an inspiration for the Filipino people, with the message that we can reach sainthood through our everyday lives especially since all of us can relate to him for he was a youth, a Filipino, an OFW, a catechist, a missionary and a faithful friend.
“We hope to bring Saint Pedro Calungsod closer to the students through new media evangelization such as this film.
“With all our collaborative efforts, we can inspire more children and young students to be heroes and saints today.”
From December 30-January 1, 2014, Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir is being screened in the following venues: Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, Gaisano Mall Cebu, Gaisano Mall Davao, Gateway Mall, Lianas Calamba, Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-la Mall, SM Cebu, SM Centerpoint, SM Davao, SM Manila, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
From January 2 to January 7, it will be screened in the following cinemas: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Sta Mesa, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Galleria, Festival Mall Alabang, Glorietta 4, Greenhills, and Sta Lucia.
Rocco Nacino-starrer, Pedro Calungsod, endorsed by Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines
by Mell Navarro posted on December 30, 2013