‘Tagalized’ ‘Ignacio’ film features Dingdong Dantes’ voice
MANILA– In a bid to reach more of the masses, the Filipino version of the film “Ignacio de Loyola” on the life of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius de Loyola will be shown on April 14, Good Friday, on ABS-CBN Channel 2 at 10:30 p.m., featuring the voice of Filipino actor Dingdong Dantes.
“Tagalizing “Ignacio de Loyola” is necessary to reach the masses. … Dubbing the movie in Tagalog would enable more people to understand the film and appreciate the life of St. Ignatius,” said Jesuit Communications (JesCom) executive director Fr. Nono Alfonso, SJ in an interview.
The Filipino-dubbed version also features the voices of Nonie Buencamino as Padre Sanchez.
Since both Dantes and Buencamino studied in Ateneo de Manila, a school run by Filipino Jesuits, “the film about their school’s patron St. Ignatius holds a special place in their hearts,” said JesCom.
According to the Society of Jesus’ communications arm, Dingdong was motivated to be the voice of Iñigo after he watched a screening of the film with live orchestra scoring, organized by Fr. Tito Caluag at Resorts World Manila.
The actor/philanthropist was “reportedly inspired by Iñigo’s transformation that he spoke during the open forum-short retreat held right after the screening.”
Also returning to the big screen for a limited time, the film “Ignacio de Loyola” will be screened on April 10 and 11 at Greenbelt Cinema 1 in Makati City.
“Ignacio de Loyola” also continues to reach a global audience with several screenings this April:
- London, United Kingdom (April 9 at Regent Street Cinema)
- Cagayan de Oro (April 9 at the Centrio Ayala Mall)
- Budapest, Hungary (April 24 at the Urania National Film Theater in Budapest)
- U.S. (on April 24, 26, and 29).
Pproduced by JesCom with the support of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific and One Meralco Foundation, the movie stars Spanish heartthrob Andreas Muñoz in the title role.
Paolo Dy directed the movie entirely in Spain with an all-Filipino creative team and an all-Spanish cast. Ryan Cayabyab created the musical score, which was performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Interested parties may check the movie’s page on Facebook. For inquiries about screenings and distribution, email firstname.lastname@example.org. CBCPNews