NAGA CITY – A movie depicting faith, hope, and love commemorating the tercentenary (300th) of devotion to our Lady of Peñafrancia in Bicol will soon find its way in big theaters nationwide and worldwide.
Entitled “Ikaw ang Pag-Ibig”, veteran writer and director Marilou Diaz-Abaya has produced a film in her aspiration to bring the devotion to our Blessed Mother and her child Jesus to the hearts of the Virgen’s devotees not just here in the Philippines but also in different nooks and corners of the world.
Fr. Louie Occiano, chairman of Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCom), said that the movie will offer a fresh perspective of the Roman Catholic church’s teachings to a lot of Marian devotees.
The story will portray a young professional, Vangie (Ina Feleo) whose faith will be put to test upon learning that his brother, a newly ordained priest in the person of Fr. Johnny (Marvin Agustin) is diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Being the nearest relative and sibling, she is asked to be a donor for her brother’s bone marrow transplant.
Because of an abortion she went through when she was still young, she is traumatized by any medical procedure hence her dilemma as to go through with the transplant or not.
The story centers on the family’s struggle to cope with a family member’s illness and how they are drawn to INA (Mother) to beg for her intercession. Expectedly, their unwavering faith creates a miracle.
The movie does not only highlight Fr. Johnny’s healing but also the process of miraculous cure made possible through the grace of conversion, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.
The movie’s world gala premier was held on December 17 at the Universidad de Santa Isabel Auditorium, Naga City. (LSMacatangay/MAL)