Magic Temple

Magic Temple is a 1996 Filipino family-fantasy-adventure film directed by the acclaimed director Peque Gallaga and his directing partner Lore Reyes. Released by Star Cinema. It was written by Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes and Erik Matti. It is notable for winning all of the 14 nominations including the Best Film at the 1996 Metro Manila Film Festival.[1]

Magic Temple
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Peque Gallaga
  • Lore Reyes
Story by
Music byArchie Castillo
CinematographyJoe Tutanes
Edited byDanny Gloria
Release date
  • December 25, 1996 (1996-12-25)
Running time
106 minutes


The magical world of "Samadhi", threatened by the evil forces of Ravenal. Sifu sends out three teenage boys to journey on the Magic Temple. Jubal, Sambag and Omar, each with their own unique power, battles the threat to the world of "Samadhi" and along the way faces many extraordinary things. The boys are sure to face a huge battle ahead of them but with the help of magical creatures they met along their journey, evil is eliminated and they learn the true value of camaraderie and believing in themselves to face any problem.


  • Jason Salcedo as Jubal
  • Junell Hernando as Sambag
  • Marc Solis as Omar
  • Erwin Meregildo as Wewin
  • Anna Larrucea as Yasmin
  • Jun Urbano as Sifu
  • Jackie Lou Blanco as Ravenal
  • Gina Pareño as Telang Bayawak
  • Aljon Jimenez as Rexor
  • Cholo Escaño as Sisig
  • Koko Trinidad as Grand Master
  • Sydney Sacdalan as Shaolin Child
  • Chubi del Rosario as Gamay
  • Mae-Ann Adonis as Rexor's mother
  • Alvin Froy Alemania as Young Sambag
  • Tess Dumpit as Jubal's mother
  • Kristopher Peralta as young Rexor
  • Carlo Aquino as young Jubal


  • The names of the three main characters has national symbolism in it. Jubal is an Igorot, a tribe from Luzon; Sambag is a Visayan word for Tamarind from the Visayas and Omar is a name found among the Muslim tribes of Mindanao. The names, therefore, accounts for the Philippines major islands.


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
1996 Metro Manila Film Festival [2] Best Picture Magic Temple Won
Best Director Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes Won
Best Screenplay Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes and Erik Matti Won
Best Original Story Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes and Erik Matti Won
Best Production Design Rodell Cruz Won
Best Cinematography Joe Tutanes Won
Best Editing Danilo Gloria Won
Best Musical Score Archie Castillo Won
Best Original Theme Song Archie Castillo Won
Best Visual Effects Benny Batoctoy Won
Best Make-up Artist Siony Tolentino Won
Best Sound Recording Michael Idioma and Ronald de Asis Won
Best Float Magic Temple Won
1997 FAMAS Awards Best Sound Michael Idioma and Ronald de Asis Won
Best Child Actress Anna Larrucea Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Gina Pareño Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards Best Cinematography Joe Tutanes Nominated
Best Production Design Rodell Cruz Nominated

Special awardsEdit

Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
1996 Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards[2] Best Picture Magic Temple Won


A remake of the film was announced in December 2018 to be produced by ABS-CBN and Cre8 Productions. Mikhail Red will direct the project.[1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b Cupin, Bea (2018-12-07). "Star Cinema working on new 'Magic Temple' movie". Rappler. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  2. ^ a b "Metro Manila Film Festival:1996". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  3. ^ Bunoan, Vladimir (2018-12-07). "New 'Magic Temple' movie in the works". ABS-CBN News.
  4. ^ Escosia, Matthew (2018-12-07). "A 'Magic Temple' remake is coming from Mikhail Red!". Film Geek Guide. Retrieved 2019-10-02.

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