REELive the Classics with the Magic Temple and More

Monday, December 12, 2016








December 6, 2016--Film enthusiasts and 90's kids flock to Rockwell Power Plant Cinemas to watch the premiere of the digitally restored and remastered Magic Temple directed by Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes. Magic Temple is a primer for ABS-CBN's Film Restoration project in coordination with Power Plant Cinema entitled "REELive the Classics".

The project is part of ABS-CBN Film Restoration Group's campaign to save classic film or dubbed as "Sagip Pelikula". It aims to restore the classics and make it available in different media platforms for the general public to see and enjoy.

This year, Magic Temple celebrates its 20th year anniversary since the film made its debut on December 1996 as part of the films competing in the Metro Manila Film Festival. The event was graced by some of the main cast members including Mr. Jun Urbano (Sifu), Marc Solis (Omar), Junell Hernando (Sambag) and Sydney Sacdalan (Shaolin kid) as well as its staff and crew.

Movie goers enjoyed a better and clearer digitally-restored Magic Temple. It took me straight back to my childhood days and I am just as proud of Jubal (played by Jason Salcedo) when he was chosen to be Sifu's student instead of Rexor. I felt every bit nostalgic hearing each song, the music were all-original and all-Filipino. The film is a proof that Filipinos can do fantasy story-telling just as well as foreign movies.

Magic Temple cast and crew before the film was shown


Director Cathy Garcia-Molina

The cast and crew with ABS-CBN Film Archives and Restoration Group executives and members

With Junell Hernando who played Sambag

With Marc Solis who played Omar

Whether you're an avid movie fan or just want to relive the greatness of these timeless films, you can still REELive the Classics until December 14! Tickets are available for PHP 230 and at a discounted price of PHP 200 if you are a student. 

Restored films include these timeless classics: Bagong Buwan, Tanging Yaman, Himala, Insiang, Haplos, Cain at Abel, Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?, Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi, Dekada '70, and Mario O'Hara's Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos. See the schedule below:


ABS-CBN Film Archives has already restored 120 films since it started in 2011. Some of these films were screened in international film festivals and locally via red carpet premieres. It is also made accessible to the public through free-to-air and cable television, pay-per-view and video-on-demand, as DVD's and are downloadable through iTunes.

To know more about ABS-CBN Film Restoration and get the latest updates about classic films, you may visit their Facebook page.

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