Trailer of "Into The Light"
My second European trip became possible because of "work." We were to shoot a documentary about the relationship of St. Pio to the Filipino pilgrims. I first "met" St Pio at Greenbelt Chapel, a high-end commercial mall surrounded by classy restaurants and expensive shops. He was in front of the altar, bust-sized, wearing a brown clothing being a Capuchin. I didn't take him seriously because he looked funny to me. Why would I pray to a statue who doesn't look like a saint? I kept on laughing inside the chapel. My friend who played St. Pio in a theatrical play explained that the beloved saint was a bi-locator. He can be seen at many places at the same time. He knows all your sins even if you haven't confessed it and he bore Jesus' stigmata.
One afternoon, I got a phone call asking if I'm available to shoot a documentary on St. Pio at his hometown in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. I didn't have second thoughts. I said 'YES!' right away.
|Behind-the-scenes interview with the Hospital Director|
Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, a hospital built by St. Pio
|A Filipino pilgrim is in deep prayer.|
|Ms. Boots Anson Roa is an acclaimed actress and devotee of St. Pio. She is the host of the documentary.|