Apart from romantic-comedies and dramas, Filipino audience especially the moviegoers, are fond of watching horror flicks, which FOX Network Group Philippines is poised to give a good scare via its first local-made film venture via Maledicto.
In 2018, the foreign film The Nun explained the existence of Valak, the evil spirit in Conjuring 2; and in the screenplay written by Jonathan Guillermo tells the story of Tom Rodriguez’s Fr. Xavier “Xavi” Lavezares, a supposed to be brilliant psychiatrist with a bright future ahead of him, who witnessed his sister Mara (portrayed by Inah de Belen) who killed herself amid the throes of a demonic possession.
Since the film tackles about principalities in the spiritual realm, its premise is that evil is out to conquer the world through its cohorts and even inside the Roman Catholic Church is already infiltrated.
The film reminds of the Christian novels written In This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.
After years of questioning the existence of demonic possession Fr. Xavi is again presented with an episode that revisits his horrific experience with her younger sister and now he has to exorcise the demon outside of a young female student named Agnes Villacorte (Miles Ocampo), the student under Sr. Barbara’s (Jasmine Curtis).
Armed with his psychiatric knowledge and his training in exorcising demons, Fr. Xavi took the responsibility of driving away the demon named Sikmat from the innocent body of Agnes. He was aided by a clairvoyant nun Sr. Barbara.
Jude Turcuato, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Network Group Philippines described this first venture on making local films, “With Maledicto under our belt, we’re hoping to elevate Filipino cinema to one of a Hollywood pedigree.”
Will the two Servants of God succeed in casting out the demons that has taken over the innocent body of a teenage girl?
The film is co-produced by Cignal Entertainment and Unitel, with ABS-CBN Films tapped as distributor and directed by Mark Meily.
Opening in cinemas nationwide on May 1. To get to know more about the film, visit its facebook page.
The top leaders of Telepreneur, a multi-level marketing company and its three-million members expressed their solid support for the nominated reps Agakan Tomawis and Lorenzo Rellosa of Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino (ALIF) partylist in the coming May elections.
The Party is an organization devoted to serving Filipinos by providing livelihood programs and spreading technology as well as connectivity to far-flung areas of the country. It also aspires to empower the indigenous sector and the their families by providing access to government funds and programs that preserve heritage and culture.
Also, the Party provides sustainable livelihoods that have socio-economic impact.
ALIF’s collaboration with Telepreneur is timely as the Rellosa explains, “You and I, we are the modern indigenous Filipinos,” he explains. “Tayong mga lumalaban sa buhay, tayong mga hindi sumusuko, tayong mga nagmamahal sa bayan. Tayo ang mga modernong indigino. Gagawin ko ang lahat para isulong ang kabuhayan at kinabukasan ng ating mga kapatid na indigino.”
As for the founder of ALIF itself, Acmad Maruhom Tomawis organized the party in Marawi City in February 2003, after a series of consultations and meetings with indigenous cultural communities, including Muslim Filipinos. ALIF seeks to represent the marginalized and underrepresented sector of the indigenous groups particularly in Mindanao.
Today, Tomawis is still believed to be one of the most influential leaders in Mindanao, the leader trusted to bring back the peace and unity especially after the Marawi Siege, a five-month battle against the terrorists in Marawi. ALIF aims to reach out not only to the Mindanao tribes alone, but also to other underrepresented tribes all over the country.
The 49-year-old Joseph Victor Gomez Ejercito, fondly called by his friends and colleagues as JV Ejercito is the son of the former son of Philippine President Joseph Estrada (now Manila Mayor) and businesswoman-philanthropist and incumbent mayor of San Juan Guia Gomez. His supporters particularly those of the Junior Chamber International Philippines (or known as Philippine Jaycees, Inc.), an affiliate of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs are organizing a #26JVEjercitoDay on May 4 that starts at 8 in the morning simultaneous with other key cities that have JCI chapters.
The momentous event is spearheaded by JV Ejercito Para sa Bayan Movement.
When Ejercito served as mayor of San Juan City, he was successful in serving his three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2010. When he was part of the House of Representatives as a congressman for the lone district of San Juan, he authored and or sponsored 161 bills and or House measures, five of which were approved by the House and passed to the Senate for consideration:
Among his notable legislation include the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Law, Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Law, Balanced Housing Law, Sugarcane Industry Development Law and the Foreign Investment Liberalization Act. Apart from those, he continues to push for Freedom of Information Act, Train Protection Act, and the Modernization of Philippine National Railway.
For those who would like to take part in this one-day #26JVEjercitoDay, contact the JV Ejercito Para sa Bayan Movement facebook page.
Postscript: This article does not imply of endorsing JV Ejercito but simply as a feature.