ACTOR Rocco Nacino is set to embark on his most challenging role on the big screen, portraying the life and martyrdom of Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod of Cebu.
MANILA. Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino will breathe life to San Pedro Calungsod in new movie. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)
The actor was officially launched Sunday afternoon as the lead actor in "San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir," an official entry in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Rocco said he's flattered to be given an opportunity to play someone who touched so many lives in such a young age.
"It's very humbling and I feel so honored to be part of this. I'm just one of the many actors out there and yet ako pa rin ang na-consider nila to play the role. I keep on saying thank you to direk and the production crew," he said.
The movie, which is directed by Francis Villacorta, aims to raise awareness on the life of the young Filipino saint who was martyred in the name of the Christian faith.
The film won't entirely be just about Calungsod's martyrdom as it will also tackle the role he played in the San Diego Mission at the Marianas Islands (Guam) led by Father Diego de San Vitores between 1668 and 1672. It will show what virtues he practiced to serve the propagation of Christianity at a time of paganism, doubt and disbelief.
The role was initially given to JM de Guzman, but a few months back, the latter's father decided to pull the Kapamilya actor from the movie because of personal reasons.
Rocco doesn't have any qualms being the second choice for the movie. He believes the production staff saw something in him which could help in spreading the kind of life led by Calungsod.
"I think they see potential in me na kaya ko naman i-deliver yung character. Nag promise ako sa kanila na I will dedicate my time and I will learn Spanish, Latin and Bisaya, I will do my research and study the role."
He added, "There's more pressure on me but when I thinking about it, I don't really want to be bothered (by that idea). I will just do my best, make sure to deliver what's expected of me and give a good performance. It doesn't matter kung second choice ako."
The Kapuso star accepted the role as he's looking forward to new learning and an opportunity to play someone who is special in the lives of many Filipinos. Rocco said no one in their right mind will turn down this kind of project.
On the prospect of competing in the MMFF with big show biz names, like Vic Sotto, Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Vice Ganda, Eugene Domingo and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, Rocco said he's nervous on what will happen on December, but prayers can move mountains.
"Kinakabahan na ako. Basta I'll do my best and be optimistic lang. Pantay-pantay naman kami dito (MMFF)," Nacino said.
Rocco counts the movie as one big miracle of his career.
"I can consider it as a miracle. San Pedro Calungsod is looking after me. Through this project mas naging God fearing ako, I appreciate my family more and I’m optimistic,” shared Nacino.
Also part of the movie are Christian Vazquez, Jestoni Alarcon, Ryan Eigenmann, RObert Correa, Carlo Gonzalez, Arthur Solinap, Victor Basa, Ruby Ruiz and Mercedes Cabral.
"San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martis" is produced by HPI Synergy Group in association with Wings Entertainment. (Sunnex)