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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 23, 2015

Dennis Trillo Honored To Play The Title Role In Big-Budgeted Iglesia Ni Kristo Movie 'Felix Manalo'

DENNIS TRILLO feels honored to be chosen to play the title role in “Felix Manalo”, the filmbio of the founder of the Iglesia ni Cristo who was born in 1886 and passed on in 1963. “Not everyone is given this rare chance of playing a real life character at talagang nagpapasalamat akong sa akin napunta ito,” he says. “Napakalaking proyekto nito, ginastusan nang husto ang period production design, and I know hindi ako ang first choice sa title role, but I’m thankful na ako pala ang destined to play it. Bale reunion namin ito ni Direk Joel Lamangan, who gave me my first acting awards when I did ‘Aishite Imasu’ with him playing the role of a transgender.”

So how did he make himself transform into Felix Manalo? “Mahirap gawin kasi wala namang videos noong araw na puede mong panoorin para maging peg mo in portraying him. Hindi ka naman basta puedeng mag-improvise on your own kasi baka mali ang interpretation mo. So I really want to thank yung mga ministro ng iglesia, yung mga kapatid na gumabay sa akin sa set habang sinu-shoot namin ito to make sure na hindi ako nalalayo sa totoong Ka Felix. Nagkaroon din ako ng immersion program about the INC before we started shooting at nakatulong din ito nang malaki sa pagganap ko.”

The movie’s powerhouse cast includes Gabby Concepcion, Lorna Tolentino, Joel Torre, Heart Evangelista, Bela Padilla, Ejay Falcon and Richard Yap. It opens in theaters on October 7, with premiere night at the Philippine Arena on October 4.

On TV, Dennis is also successful in playing the title role of “My Faithful Husband”. About the story that he and Jennylyn Mercado have really reconciled while taping for their show, Dennis prefers to keep mum. “It’s better to keep things private na lang para hindi na magulo.”

But their action truly speaks louder than words. Just a few days ago, he attended the birthday party of Jen’s love son, Alex Jazz, and he, along with the boy’s real dad, Patrick Garcia, were all a picture of a happy family in photos about the event that came out on social media.