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Magnifico (2003)

Even though he is not good in school and belongs to a poor and unfortunate family, Magnifico still have a big heart and a large amount of optimism that enabled him to help not only his family but also the community.


Maryo J. de los Reyes (as Maryo J. Delos Reyes)


Michiko Yamamoto (story and screeplay)
31 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorna Tolentino ... Edna
Albert Martinez Albert Martinez ... Gerry
Gloria Romero ... Lola Magda
Celia Rodriguez ... Ka Doring
Mark Gil ... Domeng
Tonton Gutierrez ... Ka Romy
Jiro Manio ... Magnifico
Amy Austria ... Tessie
Cherry Pie Picache ... Cristy
Danilo Barrios Danilo Barrios ... Miong
Susan Africa ... Pracing
Isabella De Leon ... Helen
Dindin Llarena Dindin Llarena ... Ria
Joseph Roble Joseph Roble ... Carlo
Girlie Sevilla Girlie Sevilla ... Isang


Even though he is not good in school and belongs to a poor and unfortunate family, Magnifico still have a big heart and a large amount of optimism that enabled him to help not only his family but also the community.

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Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

5 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnifico Madyikero See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalayaan, Laguna, Philippines See more »

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Did You Know?


This movie is based on the grand prize winning piece in the 2001 screenplay writing contest sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). See more »


Aking Munting Bituin
(Theme Song)
Sung by Gary Valenciano
Courtesy of Genesis Entertainment
Composed by Joy Nilo and Gary Valenciano
Lyrics by Rollie Navarro
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A revolutionary film for Philippine cinema!
30 June 2006 | by misterphilippinesSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, I never got the chance to watch this film in Germany when it won its awards at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. I only had the chance to watch it when I came back to the Philippines and I never really expected what impact it would have on me.

First, it is obvious that Miss Yamamoto is a gifted screenplay writer and director de los Reyes will bring it far in his respective field if he will continue his great contributions for Philippine cinema. Maginifico is really an enlightment and inspiration towards the development of Filipino films. This is what the dying entertainment industry needs right now.

The story and the sound effects were good, the music really fitted very well to the setting. The beginning scenes of the story weren't really captivating at all so one needed patience to get attracted to its plot. The scenes are simple but they become touching once the story gears to an end. In this film, no character has to wail or shout to catch viewers' emotions, the reality and frankness of the film was so direct and impressive that the story simply forces you to cry at some point. I never really cry at movies, even Hollywood tear-jerkers have no effect on me. This one has just awaken so much truth and reality in the Philippine society of poverty and innocence of a child, it really is heartrending.

One thing that could have been improved are the visual qualities of the film, they are really not compatible to global standards. And there were too many scenes at the story that were really out of topic etc. but otherwise, this film really is a knockout. It is a great contribution to the local film industry and films like these with high quality deserve good production and not only support for the commercial mainstream in the Philippines but also in cinemas worldwide. It can really par with many Hollywood masterpieces.

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