Whopping P50 million first day gross of ‘Felix Manalo’

posted October 12, 2015 at 05:50 pm
by Manila Standard Showbitz

Felix Manalo, the much talked about biopic of the founder of Iglesia Ni Cristo, broke all existing box office records, according to Viva Films, producer of the film. The Dennis Trillo starrer opened to more than 400 screens nationwide and grossed P50 million when it opened on Oct. 7.

The film now holds the record of all-time highest grossing non-holiday, non-payday opening, breaking all other records previously held by local and foreign films. Joel Lamangan directed the film that assembled the biggest cast ever in a local film.

This is unprecedented in local film history, the first film to pre-sell tickets days before it opened commercially. The theaters at SM and Robinsons malls opened their theaters earlier than the usual 10:30 a.m. for the Manalo screenings. The theaters were open as early as 8 a.m. even before the entire malls could open to the public at 10 a.m. to give way to the public who wanted to watch the film ahead of the others.

SM Cinemas also held late-night screenings at 11:30 p.m. for those who wanted to watch the movie at their most convenient.

Felix Manalo is an historical biopic told in an epic sprawl on the life and times of Ka Felix Manalo, Iglesia Ni Cristo’s first executive minister.

It was premiered at the Philippine Arena on Oct. 4 and set two Guinness world records, one for the largest audience for a premiere screening and the other for the largest audience for a film screening. The official count of the adjudicators from Guiness World Records UK was 43,624.


Is Dennis Trillo wooing back Jennylyn Mercado?

Dennis Trillo

If what Dennis Trillo is doing as support for Jennylyn Mercado’s upcoming flicks The PreNup, we can say the actor is hell bent to win back the actress’s love and trust. What do you call that he even goes regularly to Mercado’s salon and spa?

Nothing personal among cast of Beautiful Strangers

Benjamin Alves, Lovi Poe, and Heart Evangelista

The situations in the series, no matter how dramatic they may be, don’t affect the personal relationships among Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino and Benjamin Alves.

The production crew say that the four lead actors act like nothing happens among them during takes and off the set they are like normal people and friends.

Fans go wild over Alden Richards at Narita airport

Alden Richards

Immediately after Alden Richards landed in Japan for the celebration of Kapusong Pinoy Japan, fans mobbed him at the airport.

Richards was really surprised that even in the land of the rising sun, he has that much followers who were all dying to see him up close and personal. He is very grateful for th warm reception his fans gave him and said he would never forget the experience.

Kris Bernal’s immersion with those with intellectual disability

Kris Bernal

One of the preparations Kris Bernal is doing for her role in the upcoming Little Nana (originally Little Mommy) is to immerse her self with those afflicted with intellectual disability.

Says Bernal, “I really observe them, their movements, speech pattern, and behavior. When I do this I am with Juancho Triviño and Hiro Peralta. This is one way to make our portrayal perfect for the soap.”

Ken Chan loves Destiny Rose much

Ken Chan

The actor says he loves the character he plays in Destiny Rose now that it is now the voice of the members of the LGBTQ community. For this alone, Ken Chan is motivated to play the part very well as all of the members of this community as all their eyes focused on him. He says he doesn’t want to disappoint them as Joey/Destiny Rose.


Chiz’s support of in-laws important

Chiz Escudero

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero is very thankful to his parents-in-law for the support they are giving him in his bid to be the next vice president of the country.

In a radio interview, Chiz thanked his mother-in-law for attending last month his declaration to run for vice president.

“Yes, and I thank them. I thank them for their support, for believing in me. Malaking bagay iyon sa akin and higit pa, malaking bagay kay Heart iyon dahil nabunutan siya ng napakalaking tinik,” Chiz said hinting at the previous misunderstanding between her wife and her parents. 

Cecile, Heart’s mother, was present on Sept. 17 at Club Filipino in Greenhills along with her sisters, when Chiz accepted Senator Grace Poe’s offer to be her running mate in 2016.

Reynaldo Ongpauco, Heart’s father, was sick and couldn’t attend Chiz’s vice-presidential decraltion. 

On a lighter note, the senator confirmed that he and Heart will have their renewal of marital vows on Feb. 15, 2016. This time his in-laws will be there to attend the celebrations.

“It’s not a second wedding. Renewal lang kasi noong una namin, wala iyong mga magulang niya (Heart) so gagawin sa bahay lang. Hindi naman ito iyong kasal talaga,” Chiz explained.

 “Gusto lang namin mayroon kaming picture na kasama iyong magulang niya, iyon lang. Gusto ni Heart kumpleto iyong kaniyang pamilya,” the senator added. 

Grace still gentle even amid criticisms

Grace Poe

Amid all the criticisms hurled at her, including her own cousin Shery Cruz, Senator Grace Poe remains calm and collected, and answers all of them in a good-natured way.

Remember that instead of rebuking her cousin when she said that she isn’t ready to be president of the Philippines, she even thanked her for her concern.

Why is Grace Poe remains calm and collected amid all the brickbats thrown at her? Grace says that’s what experience taught her. She used to be a pre-school teacher.

“May mga nagtanong po sa akin, bakit minsan kahit na masyado nang stressful o kaya may mga hearing sa Senado ay malumanay pa rin daw ako? Sabi ko, dahil dati ako po ay nagtuturo ng mga bata. At kahit papaano ang mga teachers ay kailangan mahaba ang pasensya,” the senator said at the World Teacher’s Day Celebration in Naga City on Oct. 6.

Grace thanked his fellow teachers for what she has become.

“Hanggang ngayon, taos-puso pa rin ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat sapagkat hindi po natin mararating ang mga narating natin kung hindi dahil sa tulong ng mga guro,” sabi ng senadora patungkol sa mga kapwa niyang guro.

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