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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.

Oct 9, 2015

Dennis Trillo Predicted This Early To Win Acting Awards For His Portrayal Of 'Felix Manalo'

DENNIS TRILLO feels he’s on Cloud 9 because all the feedback and reviews about his title-role portrayal of “Felix Manalo” are all very positive. Even non-showbiz writers praise him, saying his performance, where he delivers kilometric lines and long passages from the Bible, is not just for local award giving bodies but is of Oscar calibre. The three-hour historical period epic itself got good notices for the fine direction of Joel Lamangan.

“Noong premiere night pa lang sa Philippine Arena last Sunday, hindi na matapos-tapos ang mga pagbati sa akin, even from INC members themselves who said that I gave justice to the role of their founder,” he says. “I felt it’s all a dream, parang isang panaginip lang na sobra ang saya. Nakita ko pa lang yung almost 50,000 people who trooped to the arena para suportahan ang movie kahit masama ang panahon that day, overwhelmed na ako. Tapos, the premiere night broke two records sa Guinness kaya lalong nakaka-proud to be part of this historic movie, di ba? Nakakatuwa talaga at sobrang pasasalamat ko na sa akin napunta ang proyektong ito. While watching the audience, nakita kong reactions nila na natutuwa sila sa maraming eksena, kaya naman lalong super satisfied ako to be in this movie.”

“Felix Manalo” is a certified blockbuster. As one writer says: “Giniba ang takilya.” When it opened last Wednesday, there were long lines of people at the box office. SM North Edsa was surprised to get 20 busloads of people from various areas to watch it, so the next day, bookers added more theaters and it’s now being shown in 400 theaters nationwide. In SM Cinemas alone, it’s showing from 4 to 6 theaters and they made the screening start earlier at 9 AM to accommodate the crowds and they also have a late 11 PM screening.. It has allegedly surpassed the records of both local and foreign releases in the country. Congratulations to Viva, the INC and Dennis Trillo for the success of their movie.