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November 5, 2013

Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir (Journey of a Young Saint)

Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir (Journey of a Young Saint) is a 2013 Filipino biographical film written and directed by Francis O. Villacorta and produced by HPI Synergy Group and Wings Entertainment which features the life of the Filipino saint, Pedro Calungsod. 

Starring Rocco Nacino as Pedro Calungsod, Jestoni Alarcon, playing as the spanish captain Juan dela Cruz, Christian Vasquez as Padre Diego de San Vitores and Victor Basa as Padre Francisco Solano.

This is one of the official entries of the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival to be released on December 25, 2013.

Saint Pedro Calungsod
Photo: Publication Paulines Manila
Pedro Calungsod is the second Filipino saint declared by the Roman Catholic church after Saint Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila. A young Filipino man, Pedro Calungsod, leaves his Visayan native roots to join the Spanish Jesuit priest Fr. Diego de San Vitores in his mission to the Marianas Islands (Guam) in 1668.

The San Diego Mission arrives in the Marianas where the young Pedro, a trained catechist and mission assistant, begins work for Fr. Diego de San Vitores in baptizing the Chamorro natives, preaching the holy gospel and spreading the good news of salvation through the Christian faith amidst paganism, doubt and disbelief. Despite the longing for his father and the threats to their lives, even at the peril of death, Pedro and Fr. Diego continued their missionary work. They roamed the dangerous islands and baptized many more natives and continued to enlighten them about Christianity.

This is the story of how the young Filipino saint, between wars and persecutions, played his part in this divine mission. This adventure movie is for everybody. The young boy who guided his blind mentor is something to witness and learn from. Pedro Calungsod's life of devotion is relatable to all.

Cast : 
Rocco Nacino as Pedro Calungsod
Christian Vasquez as Padre Diego de San Vitores
Jestoni Alarcon as Captain Juan de Sta. Cruz
Ryan Eigenmann as Choco
Robert Correa as Maga'lahi Hirao
Victor Basa as Padre Francisco Solano
Carlo Gonzales as Padre Tomas de Cadeñoso
Andrew Schimmer as Sgt. Maj. Don Juan de Santiago
Arthur Solinap as Padre Luis de Medina
Mico Palanca as Padre Pedro de Casanova
Geoff Taylor as Sgt. Lorenzo Castellanos
Alvin Aragon as Ignacio
Juancho Trivinio as Manuel Rangel
Johann Santos as Juan de los Reyes
Jao Mapa as Tatang
Isadora Villasquez as Ma'urritao
Mercedes Cabral as Ahnha the Adulteress
Kimo Paez as Maga'lahi Quipuha
Johnron Tañada as Maga'lahi Quipuha II
BJ Forbes as Francisco

"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 the 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 Fr. Diego, but as a "good soldier of Christ" preferred to die at the missionary's side." - - - Pope John Paul

Visit the Facebook page and watch out for Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, an official entry to the #MMFF, showing Dec 25, 2013 in cinemas nationwide.
Twitter: @CalungsodMMFF
Instagram: @CalungsodMMFF


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