In commemoration of the tercentenary of the devotion to Ina: our Lady of Penafrancia, the Archdiocese of Caceres, with financial support from lay benefactors and investors, has produced a feature film entitled “Ikaw ang Pag-Ibig,” written and directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, starring Jomari Yllana, Marvin Agustin, Jaime Fabregas, Ina Feleo, and with the special participation of Eddie Garcia.
The Archdiocese of Caceres hoped that the movie would bring the Blessed Mother and her Child Jesus into the public consciousness both here and abroad, for people of all faiths. More importantly, it is hoped that the movie would promote a fresh perspective from which to appreciate popular devotion and the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on faith, hope, and love.
The movie’s story revolves around a young, contemporary, rebellious woman Vangie (Ina Feleo), whose family life and career as a video editor are disrupted when her only brother, a newly ordained priest, Fr. Johnny (Marvin Agustin), is diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). As a sibling, Vangie is called upon to be a donor for Fr. Johnny’s bone marrow transplant. At first, Vangie is very reluctant. She has a clinical phobia for medical procedures, the reasons for which are rooted in an attempted, but failed, abortion which she suffered through many years earlier and has since been troubled about.
Vangie’s dysfunctional family gravitates around Fr. Johnny, and in their struggle to cope with his illness, find themselves drawn to Ina, begging for her intercession. Their prayers are answered, not so much by way of a miraculous cure for Fr. Johnny, but by the grace of conversion, of love, of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.
The world gala premiere was held Dec. 17, Friday, at the Universidad de Santa Isabel Auditorium, Naga City.