ABS-CBN launches restored version of 'Himala'
MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN launched on Sunday night the restored high-definition version of the Ishmael Bernal classic film "Himala".
Written by Ricky Lee, "Himala" is the first film to be restored in HD quality by the ABS-CBN Restoration Project in partnership with Central Digital Lab Inc.
The movie's lead star, veteran actress Nora Aunor, could not help but be emotional after seeing her supporters during the launch of the digitally enhanced 1982 film.
"Paano ako hindi maiiyak? Ang mga fans nandiyan pa rin. Alam ko magandang maganda ang pelikula," Aunor said.
"Lahat ng nangyayari ngayon, sobrang kasiyahan ko sapagkat sunud-sunod. At ngayon, mas dumarami ang fans, ngayon may mga teenager," she added.
"Himala" tells the story of Elsa (played by Aunor), a barrio lass whose visions of the Virgin Mary changes her life and her community. The film will be screened in selected cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, December 5.
The screening of "Himala" is part of this year's Cinema One Originals Festival, which kicked off last November 28. The two other restored films which were featured in the festival include "Oro Plata Mata" and "Genghis Khan".
Lee, meanwhile, will release "Himala: The Coffee Table Book", which will feature the full screenplay of the movie with an English translation, interviews with the cast and crew, and more than 100 full-color images. -- with a report by Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News
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