"I Believe" (1961)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date March 30, 1961/ Life
Story Mars Ravelo
Serialized in Hiwaga Komiks
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Zaldy Zshornack, Mina Aragon, Lauro Delgado, Carol Varga, Oscar Keesee, Teroy de Guzman, Renato Robles, Mary Walter, Benny Mack, Vic Andaya, Africa de la Rosa, Lucita Soriano
Literary Song-Movie Magazine
February 28, 1961
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Lead star Mina Aragon with Dad, Lou Salvador, Sr.
Himala (1980)- Stars Nora Aunor and a cast of thousands/ Directed by Ishmael Bernal
When I saw Ishmael Bernal's Himala the first time in 1980, I was reminded of the 1960 movie I Believe. Both movies focused on the issues of one's true faith and devotion, their beliefs, infidelity, faithfullness, unfaithfullness... It involved all kinds of people, different characters--- the saints and the sinners, the believers and non-believers...
There's a strong similarity between the two main characters --- visionaries Elsa in Himala and Viring in I Believe--- both had visions of the Virgin Mary and subsequently their ability to cure and heal the sick.
I Believe was based from the popular 1961 komiks-serial novel by Mars Ravelo which was serialized in Hiwaga komiks. It was adapted into the movie that year with Zaldy Zshornack and newcomer Mina Aragon. Aragon (of the Salvador clan) was introduced in the movie portraying the challenging role of Viring.
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