A documentary film titled “Pilgrim: 500 Years of Catholic Faith in the Philippines” was shown to the public in a premiere held at the Radio Veritas Asia auditorium in Fairview, Quezon City last April 23, 2022.
Produced by Radio Veritas 846 and Radio Veritas Asia in partnership with Creative Travel and Tours International and Tourism Promotions Board, the docu-film showcases how the Christian faith flourished 500 years ago and even in this digital age.
Fr. Victor Sadaya, General Manager of Radio Veritas Asia encourages the public to watch and patronize the film.
“Inaanyayahan ko kayo dito sa pagpapanuod ng ating original na documentary drama tungkol sa paglalakbay ng pananampalataya ng mga Pilipino, ang kahalagahan nito dito’y pinapakita sa atin kung paano tayo biniyayaan ng Panginoon ng pananampalatayang ito papaano ito lumago,” Fr. Sadaya told Radio Veritas.
In line with the celebration of the centenary of the Christian faith in the country, the docu-film which is patterned through the theme, “Gifted to Give” creates awareness of how the people can spread and nurture the Catholic faith.
According to Bishop Bernardino Cortez of the Prelature of the Infanta, who attended the premiere, the film shows the resilience of the Filipino people despite the many trials they have been through in the past years. He added that the film can serve as a sign of a broad means of evangelization of the Christian faith.
“Pinakita doon na masasabi sa ating mga Pilipino ang saya ng Pilipinas at kung ano-ano ang nagagawa ng pananampalataya sa atin sa gitna ng mga giyera lahat ng pinagdaanan, nakatayo parin tayo, sana lumabas doon ang kagandahang loob ng mga Pilipino,” Bishop Cortez said.
Aside from Bishop Cortez, Bishop Roberto Gaa of Novaliches, Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose Nueva Ecija who is also the head of the Office of Social Communications Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) and Kalookan Bishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President were among those who attended the premiere.
Radio Veritas President Fr. Anton CT Pascual and Radio Veritas Vice President for Operations Fr. Roy Bellen also graced the said occasion.
Before the film showing, a turn-over ceremony was held–a copy of the docu-film was given to CBCP, represented by Bishop David, who is currently the president of the conference. The CBCP will make it available to film in parishes and communities in all dioceses and archdioceses in the country. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)