Dragons flock to ‘There Be Dragons’

Dragons flock to ‘There Be Dragons’

by Nicollo Ordonez on October 28, 2011 - 2:19 pm

The University, led by the Office of Alumni Affairs, successfully held an exclusive advanced screening of Roland Joffe’s There Be Dragons last Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the spacious SM Mall of Asia Premier Cinema.

Proceeds of the event go the university’s employee credit cooperative and scholarship program.

“There Be Dragons,” a fictional movie partly tells the early life of Opus Dei founder St. Josemaria Escriva, whose vision inspired the principles of the University.

Dr Mariano with Spanish ambassador Jorge Domecq at the premiere night

The event was widely supported by the entire UA&P community and friends. Various ambassadors, alumni, faculty and staff, teachers, students, and families attended the event.

Students from various organizations also volunteered to assist in the event. Among them were members of the university’s Junior Marketing Communications (JMC) who entertained and ushered the ambassadors and VIP’s, and Sabio, an organization of university scholars, that served as ushers for the event.

The scholars arrived earliest. They prepared the cinema for the pre-screening by placing markers on the VIP section. The scholars were also tasked to set up the exhibit of St. Josemaria’s life outside the theatre.

Ron Manabat (II, Management), a scholar, said that the event was purely voluntary for them.

Mr. Lance Capulong, an alumnus, was amazed at how the movie showed the humble beginnings of St. Josemaria’s life and how this translated into what he experienced in UA&P while he was still a student. “For those who did not know about [Opus Dei], the movie is still very entertaining and good,” he said.

Mr. Mike Zipagan, the school’s MPC custodian, also came to watch the movie. He said that he was touched by the movie greatly. Mike said that he had already learned about St. Josemaria since the time he worked in the university but the film gave him more insights on saint and the Prelature.

University President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano, who shares the saint’s nom de guerre “Mariano” during the Spanish Civil War, also attended the event. Dr. Mariano said that he was hoping for the film to encourage the University community to learn more about St. Josemaria, to help those working in the University to discover the spirit running deep within the institution through a culture of excellence in everyday work.

According to Mrs. Chi-Chi Robles, director of the Corporate Communications Office, the saint’s life is deeply connected with UA&P. “The university is very close to St. Josemaria because it was his inspiration, his life and his teachings that led to the foundation of the university,” Mrs. Robles said.

A teleconference for journalists with director Roland Joffe was also held the day after the pre-screening at Telengtan Hall.

Starting November 9, regular screening of the movie will be held at SM North, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Glorietta 4, SM Southmall and Festival Mall.

For more information about There Be Dragons, visit dragons.ph.

Photos courtesy of There Be Dragons Philippines
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