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Filipino audience first to see Virgin Mary movie

Jose Fernando Obias, Naga City

Jose Fernando Obias, Naga City

Updated: December 20, 2010 09:15 AM GMT
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Cast and crew of the movie You are Love pose for a souvenir picture
Cast and crew of the movie You are Love pose for a souvenir picture
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The Philippine Archdiocese of Caceres held the world gala premiere of the movie Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig (You are Love) in Naga City on Dec. 17 in preparation for the film’s national and international releases. The movie, written and directed by award-winning Filipino director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, was produced as part of the commemoration of the tercentenary of the devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia in the archdiocese. Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi said he hopes the movie will bring the Blessed Mother and the baby Jesus into the public consciousness. He said the movie aims to promote a "fresh perspective" to appreciate popular devotion and the Church’s teachings on faith, hope and love. The film, which stars movie actors Jomari Yllana, Marvin Agustin, Jaime Fabregas, Ina Feleo and Eddie Garcia, revolves around Vangie (Ina Feleo), a young, contemporary woman whose family life and career is disrupted when her brother, a newly ordained priest (Marvin Agustin), is diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Family members gravitate around Father Johnny, and in the struggle to cope with his illness find themselves drawn to the Blessed Mother to beg for her intercession. The prayers are answered, not so much by way of a miraculous cure, but by conversion, love, forgiveness, reconciliation and hope. "It is just fitting and just that we give thanks to God through the help of [the Blessed Mother] that the movie has been made," said Father Louie Occiano of the Caceres Commission on Communication. The archdiocese offered an "oratio imperata" that no obstacles would happen during the production of the movie. Father Occiano said what is necessary now is for the archdiocese and the faithful to offer prayers of thanksgiving. He said the movie becomes relevant and timely with discussions of the reproductive health bill now pending in the Philippine Congress. One of the issues that Vangie confronts in the movie is her attempt to procure abortion, said Father Occiano. The film has been given an “A” rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board that entitles it to a rebate in entertainment taxes. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has also endorsed the movie. It will not, however, be entered in next week’s Metro Manila Film Festival reportedly because of controversies surrounding the contest in the past. Related reports Movie to highlight role of Penafrancia devotion Stamps to mark 300-year devotion to Virgin PL12545.1633

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