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Star-studded ‘Maledicto’ premiere night

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Talents both from ABS-CBN and GMA 7, as well as those under Perry Lansigan’s PPL Entertainment, came as show of support to the premiere night of horror movie “Maledicto,” the first venture into moviemaking Fox Networks Group Philippines.

(FROM LEFT): Miles Ocampo, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, director Mark Meily, Inah de Belen, and Tom Rodriguez

(FROM LEFT): Miles Ocampo, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, director Mark Meily, Inah de Belen, and Tom Rodriguez

Spotted at Santolan Plaza Mall were Robin Padilla, Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Jake Vargas, Clint Bondad; as well as “Maledicto” director Mark Meily and main cast Tom Rodriguez, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Miles Ocampo, and Inah de Belen.

Veering away from this tired cliché of the church just coming to the rescue, “Maledicto” tackles the roles of the clergy in dealing with demonic possessions, with a nun-and-priest tandem in the lead roles.

The main character is a young priest named Father Xavi, the character portrayed by Rodriguez. He is a former psychologist who becomes a skeptical exorcist following his sister’s tragic death. He believes that paranormal occurrences like evil possessions are usually a mental issue which can be explained and cured by science.

Fr. Xavi meets Sister Barbie, the character played by Curtis-Smith, a young nun who has the spiritual gift of clairvoyance, which allows her to see things that cannot be perceived by normal human senses. Together, they try to solve the case of a seemingly normal teenager who suddenly starts manifesting demonic behavior. This leads to events that prove to be too compelling even for the Church to dismiss as just another case of young people faking possessions.

The other cast members are Eric Quizon, Martin Escudero, Franco Laurel, Nonie Buencamino, Liza Lorena, and Menggie Cobarrubias.

Now in cinemas nationwide, “Maledicto” is co-produced by Cignal Entertainment and Unitel, and distributed by ABS-CBN Films.

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