San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir, starring JM de Guzman, is being considered for this year's MMFF

JM de Guzman will topbill San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir. This indie film is one of the entries being considered to be part of the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival.



JM de Guzman's indie film San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir is one of the entries being considered to take part in the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival.

This Tuesday, June 18, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will announce the eight films that will take part in this year's MMFF.

(Read: 15 entries submitted for consideration in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival)

Directed by Francis Villacorta, San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir aims to to increase awareness about the life of the second Filipino saint who was martyred in the name of the Christian faith.

Last October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI inscribed the name of the Filipino catechist in the Canon or list of Saints.

Saint Pedro Calungsod can be considered one of our pioneering overseas migrant workers for having served the San Diego Mission of Spanish Jesuit priest Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores between 1668 and 1672 at the Marianas Islands (known today as Guam).

JM de Guzman will play Pedro Calungsod, the mission assistant who hails from the Visayas.

He will be joined by Christian Vazquez as Father Diego Luis de San Vitores; TJ Trinidad as Captain Juan de Sta. Cruz; Ryan Eigenmann as Choco, Robert Correa as Maga’lahi Hirao, among others.

In recognizing his contribution, Pope John Paul II said, “...from his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to his call. Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist.

Leaving family and friends behind, Pedro willingly accepted the challenge put to him by Fr. Diego de San Vitores to join him on his mission to the Chamorros. In a spirit of faith, marked by strong Eucharistic and Marian devotion, Pedro undertook the demanding work asked of him and bravely faced the many obstacles and difficulties he met. In the face of imminent danger, Pedro would not forsake Father Diego but as a good soldier of Christ preferred to die at the missionary’s side.”

San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir will bring the story on the big screen to inspire the Filipino youth, migrant workers and Catholic Christian devotees here and abroad to emulate the many good virtues of the young saint in their everyday lives and in the end, celebrate their Filipino Christian heritage.

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