Last September 22, 2015, VIVA Films held a presscon for its latest movie offering, the film bio “Felix Manalo”. In the presscon, they mentioned that the movie premiere on October 4 will attemp to break the 2 world Guinness World Records for the largest audience attendance in a film premiere and screening. The movie premiere showing will be at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, three days before the opening date on October 7 in more than 300 cinemas nationwide.
The premiere is expected to be attended by the country’s biggest stars and other prominent celebrities, led by versatile actor Dennis Trillo.
Dennis plays the lead role of Ka Felix Manalo, Iglesia ni Cristo’s first Executive Minister, and Bela Padilla plays the role of his wife, Ka Honorata.
Also in the cast are over a hundred big stars, like Gabby Concepcion, Gladys Reyes, Jacklyn Jose, Snooky Serna, Lorna Tolentino, Richard Yap, Dale Baldillo and more.
For the screening, the Philippine Arena will be transformed into a theatre with a giant 22 meters by 40 meters screen mounted for a full movie house experience complete with cinema like sound.
“Felix Manalo” was directed by the multi-award-winning director, Joel C. Lamangan and shot for 58 days over a period of eight months with a budget of around Php 150 million with the best and well-respected names in the local film production scene.
The team includes director of photography Rody Lacap, production designer Edgar Littaua, set design and construction Danny Red, costume designer Joel Marcelo Bilbao, hair and make-up Juvan Bermil, musical director Von de Guzman, sound engineer Albert Michael Idioma, film editor John Wong, visual effects supervisor Adrian Arcega, assistant director Arman Reyes and associate director Julius Alfonso.
Here is the video coverage of the presscon held at the Manila Hotel: