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As the world and the predominantly Catholic Philippines continue to observe Holy Week, streaming platforms and local channels are also offering inspirational programming to complement Filipino Holy Week traditions.
iWantTFC’s “Movies for the Soul”
Filipino global streaming platform iWantTFC is celebrating this time with carefully curated “Movies for the Soul” bundles for its rapidly growing audience.
Available on iWantTFC are the following sets for rent:
Faith Set which includes “Himala”, “Sta. Niña”, “Seklusyon”, and “The Healing”.
The classic “Himala” tells the story of a poor provincial girl named Elsa (Nora Aunor) who claims to have seen the Virgin Mary and then demonstrates her ability to heal the sick. “Sta. Niña,” meanwhile, follows the story of Pol whose deceased daughter Marikit started healing people.
Then there is “Seklusyon” which tells of aspiring priests in their seclusion in a remote convent. Their loneliness is interrupted when a girl arrives, and they debate whether she was sent by God or the devil.
Finally, “The Healing” tells the story of a group of people who venture into a remote village to ask a mysterious healer to heal their sick loved ones, unaware that every supposed “healing” would soon be repaid in the most more worrying.
The think tank includes “Bakwit Boys”, The Trial, “Ang Larawan”, and “Bagong Buwan”.
A hopeful film that inspires people to dream in the face of adversity, “Bakwit Boys” tells the story of four brothers, who are forced to leave their hometown after it is devastated by a super typhoon.
“The Trial” tells the story of a mentally handicapped man as he faces the greatest ordeal of his life when he is framed for a crime.
“Ang Larawan” is a powerful musical tale about the struggle against materialism. The film is a lavish and powerful family drama that is a bitter struggle for survival against betrayal set in pre-WWII Manila.
Finally, “Bagong Buwan” follows a Muslim doctor who struggles to reconcile his professional and religious principles.
The latest set is called Family Set with films addressing family trials and triumphs. This set includes “Northern Lights: A Journey to Love”, “Everything About Her”, “Edsa Woolworth”, and “Honor Thy Father”.
“Northern Lights: A Journey to Love” sees Charlie Sr., a Filipino immigrant in Alaska whose life suddenly changes when he is tasked with caring for his estranged son.
“All About Her” is a story about acceptance, love and forgiveness, a powerful and feisty businesswoman with a recent diagnosis of cancer navigates her complicated relationship with her caregiver and estranged son.
In “Edsa Woolworth”, audiences will meet the eldest daughter of a dysfunctional family who sacrifices her personal needs to care for her widowed geriatric father and siblings, until she meets the man of her dreams.
Finally, “Honor Thy Father” follows family man Edgar who had no choice but to return to his roots for his family.
To watch iWantTFC’s Holy Week movie collections, visit https://www.iwanttfc.com/ or download the app and search for Faith Set, Reflection Set, and Family Set.
GMA Holy Week 2022 Programming
On free-to-air TV, GMA also prepared inspirational titles from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday.
Break the fast with a look back at the life of the Messiah in the movie “Jesus” which airs at 7:00 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., be inspired by CBN Asia’s “Tanikala: Tugon sa Dalangin,” a collection of redemption stories featuring people. who have found faith after the difficult challenges of life. End the day with Stanley Kubrick’s epic historical drama “Spartacus” at 9 p.m.
On Good Friday, watch “Magdalena”, a religious film that discusses Jesus’ tender gaze for women. It starts at 7 a.m.
Come 10:30 a.m., be inspired by a couple trying to mend their relationship with the guidance of their faith in “Tanikala: Paghilom.”
A Good Friday tradition, GMA presents “Siete Palabras” or Seven Last Words at 12 p.m. End the day with the biblical film “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil DeMille, with Charlton Heston at 9 p.m.
Black Saturday opens with the easy-to-digest, child-friendly “The Story of Jesus for Children” at 7am, followed by a range of child-friendly programs.
When Night Comes, It’s Another Classic Epic and Charlton Heston’s “Ben-Hur” starring at 9 p.m.
Regular network programming will resume on Easter Sunday.
HBO Go’s Inspirational Offering – “King Richard”
For those wanting a contemporary option, HBO GO just released Oscar-winning “King Richard,” an inspirational biopic about Richard William, a determined dad who was instrumental in raising two of most extraordinarily gifted tennis players of all time.
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard stars Will Smith – who won ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ at the 94th Academy Awards for his portrayal of Richard William – and Aunjanue Ellis, who won his premiere Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actress”. .
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, King Richard follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering determination and unconditional belief ultimately produced two of the world’s greatest sports legends – Venus and Serena Williams.
Armed with a clear vision and a cheeky 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Smith) is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, in history. Training on the abandoned tennis courts of Compton, California, rain or shine, the girls are shaped by their father’s unwavering commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition. , defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations before them.
Filipinos can stream or download King Richard on HBO GO and enjoy other award-winning movies such as “Dune”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Tenet”.