GenreDrama Initial releaseJanuary 29, 2003 (Manila) Music directorLutgardo Labad CountryPhilippines
LanguageFilipino/Tagalog/English WriterMichiko Yamamoto (story) AwardsFAMAS Award for Best Child Actor, FAMAS Award for Best Picture CastJiro Manio (Magnifico), Lorna Tolentino (Edna), Albert Martinez (Gerry), Gloria Romero (Lola Magda), Celia Rodriguez (Ka Doring), Mark Gil (Domeng) Similar moviesManila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, A Second Chance, The Bourne Legacy, Kid Kulafu, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2, The Story of Mabuti
Magnifico is a 2003 Philippine drama film directed by Maryo J. De los Reyes, written by Michiko Yamamoto, and starring Jiro Manio, Lorna Tolentino, Albert Martinez, Gloria Romero.
In a Philippine village outside the island of Luzon, one special boy changes the lives of everyone he meets. Known to all as Magnifico, his name is Pikoy, a child of an impoverished family. His father works odd jobs, his elder brother has lost his academic scholarship, and his mother spends her days caring for both Helen, a young daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and for her husband's aging mother, who lives upstairs in the family home. Magnifico is a sweet and well-intentioned boy, who is often berated by his father for his stupidity, an unkind assessment for a child who is considerably more clever than anyone gives him credit for.
Magnifico's world is filled with a cast of characters in need of his special gifts of hope, of determination, of love. There's the grief-stricken man who mourns for his mother; two feuding shop owners; the crabby old woman who runs the mortuary; his elder brother, who has a crush on a wealthy girl; his little sister, who wants to get out and experience the world, but cannot walk; and even his own ailing grandmother, who worries that the family won't be able to afford a proper burial for her when the time comes. That's a pretty tall order for just one boy.
Nonetheless, Magnifico applies himself diligently to the task, concocting a remedy for the mortician's ailments, playing matchmaker for his love struck brother, industriously scheming to provide a burial gown and coffin for his grandmother, and negotiating a wheelchair so he can take his invalid sister to the carnival. Seeking nothing for himself, with his undaunted dedication to bring joy to the people he loves, Magnifico somehow manages to find just the right solution to fill every need. And when the night of the big carnival arrives, his efforts pay off in spades.
Jiro Manio as Magnifico
Lorna Tolentino as Edna
Albert Martinez as Gerry
Gloria Romero as Lola Magda
Celia Rodriguez as Ka Doring
Mark Gil as Domeng
Tonton Gutierrez as Ka Romy
Amy Austria as Tessie
Cherry Pie Picache as Cristy
Danilo Barrios as Miong
Susan Africa as Pracing
Chalie Ann Manalang as Helen
Dindin Llarena as Ria
Joseph Roble as Carlo
Girlie Sevilla as Isang
Jon Romano as Ria's Father (as John Romano)
Dido De La Paz as Foreman
Alison VII as Makoy (as Allyson VII Gonzales)
David Granado as Tessie's Husband
Scarlet as Teacher
Jojo Vinzon as Gay Friend
Dan De Guzman II as Teacher
Romy Guiwa as Friend
Big Boy Gomez as Friend (as Boy Gomez)
Arnold as Friend
Cheenee as Friend
Wendy Hunter as Friend
Brilla Graza as Friend
Rosel De Ramos as Pawnshop Teller
Magnifico gained international acclaim as an indie film in major international film festivals gaining 31 wins and 11 other nominations. It won the Crystal Bear for the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival Children's Category as well as the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix. In the same year, it also garnered seven major awards in the FAMAS Awards, seven awards in the Gawad Urian Awards, seven awards in the Golden Screen Awards and six awards in the FAP Awards in its home country. In 2011, the Gawad Urian Awards Committee proclaimed Magnifico as the "Best Film of the Decade". It received positive reviews from film critics. Currently, it holds a 63% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.