MANILA, Philippines – The Tagalog movie classic “Himala” from the late National Artist for Film director Ishmael Bernal will be shown on Cinema One on Good Friday at 7 p.m.
Released in 1982, “Himala” tells the story of Elsa (played by Nora Aunor), a barrio lass whose visions of the Virgin Mary caused a sensation in a poor, isolated village. Written by Ricky Lee, it is based on a true incident on a teenage girl in Mindoro Occidental in the 1960s.
The movie was an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival in 1982 and was the first Filipino film to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2008, it won the Viewer's Choice Award for the Best Film of All Time from the Asia-Pacific Region at the CNN Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Other noteworthy inspirational movies to be shown on Cinema One during the Holy Week are:
• Tanging Yaman (April 5, 3 p.m.). In this 2000 movie from director Laurice Guillen, a familty gathers to settle a land dispute while matriarch Dolores Rosales (Gloria Romero) succumbs to debilitating disease. The all-star cast also includes Johnny Delgado, Hilda Koronel, Edu Manzano, Dina Bonnevie and Jericho Rosales.
• The Crime of Padre Amaro (April 5, 7 p.m.). This Mexican film, starring Gael Garcia Bernal delves into the struggle priests have between desire and obedience.
• Hindi Kita Malilimutan (April 6, 5 a.m.). Aga Muhlach stars in this drama as the illiterate brother of Carmina Villaroel who plays a poor and ambitious young woman who gets a scholarship in Manila.
• Nakausap Ko ang Birhen (April 6, 5 p.m.). The Blessed Mother appears to an unassuming young girl (played by Lotlot de Leon) who is maltreated by her own father and gives the girl healing powers in this 1998 movie.