Manila, Philippines — ‘Ignacio de Loyola’, the film depicting the life and times of St. Ignatius of Loyola, bagged four awards at the 35th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) held on August 26, 2017 at Resorts World Manila.
Dominating the technical categories, ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Musical Score, and Best Sound.
Produced by Jesuit Communication Foundation, Inc. (JesCom), the film was shot on location in Spain with a skeleton team lead by director and scriptwriter Paolo Dy.
Reacting to the awards received by the movie, Dy said, “I am incredibly grateful to the Film Academy of the Philippines for honoring the achivements of the amazing artists that helped bring the story of Ignacio de Loyola to life. They’ve literally put blood, sweat and tears into their craft, and you can feel their heart in every scene of the film. I will always remain in awe of their talent, their sacrifice and their humility, and I will be eternally in their debt.”
Cinematographer Lee Briones, who has photographed some of the most critically acclaimed films in Philippine cinema including ‘Tanging Yaman’, walked away with Best Cinematography. Musician, composer, and arranger, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, was honored with Best Musical Score. Meanwhile, neophyte production designer Leo Velasco, Jr. received the commendation for Best Production Design while the Best Sound was given to award-winning sound engineer Albert Michael Idioma.
‘Ignacio de Loyola’ was also nominated in four other categories: Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Picture.
JesCom Executive Director Fr. Nono Alfonso, S.J., reflected on the challenges the team faced in producing the movie. “We are very happy with the awards given us by the Academy. We would therefore like to thank the Academy. This is truly a great honor for us. It also is a recognition of the hard work that we put in in this film project and a reward to the many sacrifices we offered for this work. We are really just a very small organization with very little resources but we have a very big heart; we were passionate and so like the biblical boy with five loaves and two fish, we offered to God the little we had and God multiplied it. Thank you to all who supported and believed in us.”
Headlined by a Spanish cast featuring Javier Godino, Isabel Garcia Lorca, Pepe Ocio, Julio Perilan and lead actor Andreas Munoz, ‘Ignacio de Loyola’ was one of 16 films that competed for awards in 12 distinct categories, with the official list of 2016’s final nominees only released after the stringent collation of results by the FAP’s official accounting firm. Members originating from various guilds under the administration of the Academy, submitted their ratings after eight days of screening that ran from May 23 to May 26, and May 30 to June 2, 2017.
Established in 1981, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) is the Philippines’ official counterpart of the United States’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Photos courtesy of Wildsound Studios and Paolo Dy