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Maging Akin Muli starring Marvin Agustin


Maging Akin Muli (CATHOLIC MASS MEDIA AWARDS 2006 BEST DRAMA SERIES WINNER) Cast: Marvin Agustin, Noel Trinidad, Sandy Andolong, Ronnie Lazaro, Noni Buencamino, and Efren Reyes Jr. Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya Released by: ABS-CBN Entertainment Year released: 2005 (as a TV DRAMA SPECIAL by ABS-CBN) Running time: 1 hr 30 m MTRCB rating: PG-13 Synopsis: Christopher Santos Jr has just graduated from the seminary. As a deacon, he assists the parish priest who teaches him the ways of life of a man of the cloth. At their parish, Christopher commits a few mistakes that could send him back to the seminary and gets entangled in a possibly explosive scandal involving his ex-girlfriend. Christopher must prove he is made for the priesthood, and that he is ready for whatever it demands of him. Now showing in these theaters: SM City Fairview Cinema 12 Quezon City SM City Manila 12 Manila SM City North Edsa Cinema 3 Quezon City SM Southmall Cinema 5 Las Pias City
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2. Nov 18, 2006 02:53 AM#2 destinybelieve


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Join Date Jul 2005 Inquirer - Rito Asilo Maging Akin Muli D: Marilou Diaz-Abaya S: Marvin Agustin, Noel Trinidad, Sandy Andolong Marilou Diaz-Abayas timely (and timeless) cinematic reflection on faith is served well by the big screen that expands her digital films emotional breadth and pertinence. Still big on visuals, but this time, more intimate in narrative scope, Abaya limns a meditative tone on her intimate story about Junjun Santos (Marvin Agustin), a young deacon, and his often confounding, but ultimately cathartic journey towards spiritual

enlightenment. He struggles to confront and find the relevance of his chosen vocation in this day and age. Abaya tackles a hodgepodge of issues that every Christian faces on a daily basis: Morality, sexuality, capital punishment, abortion, parochial intrigue and the culture of gossip and violence. Some scenes occasionally teeter on schmaltz, but Agustin -- along with Noel Trinidad and the productions other principals (Sandy Andolong, Noni Buencamino, Missy Maramara ) -paces the film with his powerful, empathetic involvement and deep understanding of character. In Junjuns eyes, you see a mixture of hope, awe and confusion that also seeps through our own consciousness every now and then. Our reaction to Abayas 2003 drama, Noon at Ngayon, was lukewarm, but her latest films subtle intensity reminds us of her power as a great storyteller. While this spiritual trajectory doesnt have the splashy magnitude of Muro -Ami, Jose Rizal and Bagong Buwan, the movie nonetheless serves as a reminder that it was the filmmakers contemplative soul that had steered her indelibly intimate movies (Karnal, Moral and Brutal) to artistic fruition. In our daily struggle to stay on the right track, we get lost in rhetori c. But, Maging Akin Muli shows us that, indeed, theres no perfect vocation, just perfect intentions. And, sometimes, theyre enough.
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3. Nov 21, 2006 12:47 AM#3 destinybelieve


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Join Date Jul 2005 Manila Standard Today Special screenings at SM Cinema Film enthusiasts, will be treated to exclusive screenings of two critically acclaimed movies only at SM Cinema. These include Walt Disneys Invincible, as well as Maging Akin Muli, a movie shot in digital format by Marilou Diaz Abaya. Invincible, which comes from the studio that brought you The Rookie and Remember the Titans, is inspired by the true story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg). A man with nothing to lose, Papale ignored the staggering odds he faced and made his dreams come true. When the coach (Greg Kinear) of Papales beloved hometown football team hosts an unprecedented open try-out, the public was skeptical that football stars would be found this way. They were even more skeptical that Papale, a substitute teacher and part-time bartender who never even played college football could make it. Beating the odds, Papale made it to the team, and soon found himself living every fans fantasymoving from his cheap seats in the upper deck to standing on the field as a

professional football player. Invincible will be shown exclusively at the SM City North Edsa Cinema and at the SM City Manila Cinema tomorrow. Maging Akin Muli, produced by Jesuit Communications, is showing at SM Cinema. The movie is about Jun Jun (Marvin Agustin), whose journey to priesthood is anything but easy. Jun Juns relationship with God is put to a test when faced with handling lifes complexities, which is highlighted during encounters with a young lady in distress (Missy Maramara), a couple whose son Ronnie Lazaro is on death row; and a generous and demanding benefactor. Maging Akin Muli was originally made for television. It aims to help Filipinos who reflect on the meaning of hope at Christmas time, and see the story of Jesus from their own experiences and points of view. The film also stars Sandy Andolong as Jun Juns mother; Efren Reyes Jr., and Jaime Fabregas and is screening at Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, SM City Manila, SM City Sta. Mesa, SM Sou

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Maging akin muli (2005) (TV) More at IMDbPro


Jun Jun, 26, is a newly-ordained deacon. By tradition, he may now be addressed as "Reverend," a title that sounds better with his full name, Christoper Santos, Jr. But he prefers to be simply Junjunordinary, simple, cool. Junjun entered the seminary at age 12, but he nevertheless enjoyed his childhood and teens, managed to have a couple of girlfriends in secret, earned good grades, and taught himself to sing pop songs as well. He has never doubted his vocation, but often wonders if there are ways to live it "outside the box." Music is the language of his heart, the prayer of his soul. After ordination as a deacon, he is sent to his hometown to assist in the parish and gain pastoral experience as a way of preparing for his ordination to the priesthood. There he meets Fr. Salvador Bautista, 65, fluent in Latin and Italian, a product of the "old school." Ordained just as the reforms of the Second Vatican Council were launched, Fr. Doy had served in several parishes before being assigned to the rural Parish of Santiago Apostol the past five years. MAGING AKIN MULI accompanies Junjun on his journey to the priesthood. At Santiago Apostol, he encounters the complexities of life for his fellow pilgrims in the parish -a generous but demanding benefactor, a young lady in distress, a couple whose son is on death row. The lives of these people enrich his own, but also challenge his vocation to be good and holy, to belong to God. The film explores the tension between human freedom, what people decide to do with their lives, and divine wisdom, what God asks of each person.

Ang Maging Akin Muli ay salaysay tungkol sa bagong ordinang diyakono, ang 26-taong gulang na si Reverend Junjun (Marvin Agustin). Pumasok siya sa seminaryo noong 12 taong-gulang pa lamang siya subali't masaya din naman ang kanyang dinaanang pagbibinata, at katunayan ay palihim pang nagkaroon ng dalawang girlfriends. Matataas ang kanyang mga grado sa eskuwela, at bagama't wala siyang pag-aalinglangan sa kanyang bokasyon, pinag-iisipan pa rin niya kung paano ito isasakatuparan sa hindi karaniwang paraan. Ang unang assignment ni Rev. Junjun ay bilang assistant ng konserbatibong kura parokong si Fr. Salvador Bautista (Noel Trinidad), sa Parokya ng Santiago Apostol. Sa kanyang trabaho makikilala ni Rev. Junjun ang mga masalimuot na takbo ng buhay ng mga parokyano, kasama na ang isang bilanggong takdang bitayin (Ronnie Lazaro), ang isang matulungin subalit mapaghanap na benefactor ng simbahan (Jaime Fabregas) at ang kanyang dating kasintahang ngayo'y nabuntis ng isang may-asawa at isinisisi ang kanyang kapalaran sa kanilang pagkakahiwalay ni Rev. Junjun. Hahamunin ng mga pangyayari ang bokasyon ni Rev. Junjun, at susubukin nito ang kanyang pagnanais na magpakabanal at magpaangkin nang tangi sa Diyos. Hindi na bago ang Maging Akin Muli, kung kaya marahil nang panoorin namin ito ay walang laman ang sinehan kundi dadalawang tao. Ito'y isang pelikulang ginawa ng Jesuit Communications para sa telebisyon, at unang inilabas ito noong Disyembre 2005 upang makatulong sa pagninilay-nilay ng mga tao tungkol sa kahulugan ng pag-asa sa panahon ng kapaskuhan. Bagama't luma na, minarapat pa rin ng CINEMA na suriin ang Maging Akin Muli sapagka't isa ito sa mga nagtamo ng nakaraang paligsahan ng CMMA (Catholic Mass Media Awards). Si Marilou Diaz Abaya ang sumulat ng kuwento at nagdirihe ng Maging Akin Muli, at sapagkat nagtambal sila ng talino ng mga Hesuwita, makakaasa kayong tumpak at makabuluhan ang mensaheng hatid nito. Lapat naman ang sinematograpiya at musika sa istorya, at sadyang maganda ang simbahang ginamit sa pelikula. Isa lamang bagay ang hindi "swak" o tugma sa buong larawan ng pelikula, at iyon ay ang pagganap ng mga artista. Kulang sa lalim, maikli sa damdamin, at salat sa kaluluwa ang pagganap. Sapagkat napakalalim ng tema ng Maging Akin Muli--ang bokasyon o ang tawag ng Panginoon sa isang magpapari--ang tagos-sa-butong pagganap lamang ang makapagtatawid ng pahatid nitong mga isipin. At ito'y hindi maaaring "i-arte" lamang sa harap ng kamera; hindi ito puwedeng "i peke", ika nga. Marahil magiging higit na kapani-paniwala ang pelikula kung totoong pari, diyakono at ina ng diyakono ang mga ginamit ditong artista, sapagkat ang mga katagang mamumutawi sa kanilang mga labi at ang damdaming masasalamin sa kanilang mga kilos ay magmumula sa malalim na balon ng karanasan sa tunay na buhay. Sa kabila ng kakulangan ng pelikula, makabubuting panoorin ang Maging Akin Muli ng mga pamilya lalo na kung may nadaramang bokasyon ang mga anak nito. Maganda ring panoorin, suriin at pagusapan ito ng mga pari at seminarista, ng mga "taong simbahan" (halimbawa, ng mga parish workers), upang matulungan silang mapalawak ang kanilang pananaw tungkol sa pagpapakabana