One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social responsibility arm of power distributor Meralco, is the co-presenter of “Ignacio De Loyola,” a historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus whose members, the Jesuits, are known for their educational, missionary, and charitable works worldwide.
The new full-length independent feature film produced by Jesuit Communications (JesCom) Philippines documents the life and times of St. Ignatius, a Spanish knight who lived a life of vice and violence before he became a changed man and offered himself to the service of God.
One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey O. Tarayao said there is probably no other film more deserving of their support.
“Being the first locally produced movie screened at the Vatican, the biopic will not only strengthen religious beliefs, but will also showcase Filipinos’ film-making acumen,” he said.
“Ignacio De Loyola” was filmed in Spain starring Spanish actors led by Andreas Muñoz, and had an all-Filipino core production crew led by director Paolo Dy, JesCom head Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso, SJ, and JesCom creative director Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin.
Tarayao shared that OMF values are perfectly aligned with Jesuits’ teachings: “We at OMF have always heeded the call for us to become men and women for others – a hallmark Ignatian value.
Leading by example by putting to life the tradition of service to humanity, OMF Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan is a graduate of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University, and so are OMF Vice Chair Oscar S. Reyes and Trustee Alfredo S. Panlilio, who heads Meralco’s Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications.