Iginuhit ng Tadhana

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Iginuhit ng Tadhana (The Ferdinand E. Marcos Story) (lit. 'Drawn by Fate'), also known as Man of Destiny, is a 1965 Filipino biographical film about then-Senate President Ferdinand Marcos. Directed by Mar S. Torres, Jose de Villa and Conrado Conde, the film stars Luis Gonzales as Marcos, Rosa Mia as Marcos' mother Josefa, and Gloria Romero as Marcos' wife Imelda. The film was produced by 777 Film Productions and was first released by Sampaguita Pictures in the Philippine provinces on August 24, 1965, during Marcos' campaign for president in the 1965 presidential election.

The theatrical run of Iginuhit ng Tadhana was briefly suspended on September 2 by the Board of Censors for Motion Pictures due to the film having yet to be screened for the entire committee, though its exhibition was eventually allowed to continue five days later. The film was later followed by Pinagbuklod ng Langit, which was released in 1969.

Iginuhit ng Tadhana was first released in eight provinces on August 24, 1965, after it was approved for release by a subcommittee of the Board of Censors for Motion Pictures. Its theatrical run, however, was suspended on September 2 by the board, which then required that the film be screened first to the entire committee before it can continue its exhibition; Chairman Jose L. Guevarra resigned immediately from the board due to the suspension being carried out in his absence. On the same day, as a result of the suspension, the film's gala premiere at Rizal Theater in Makati was halted despite the attendance of approximately 400 people, which included Marcos, his wife, his mother, and the film's main cast; the theater decided to screen the American film The Thin Red Line instead to compensate for the cancellation. By September 7, the film's suspension was lifted after a local court in Manila issued a writ of preliminary injunction to the board which ordered that it halt the suspension.

After the election of Ferdinand Marcos to the presidency, the film was screened as Man of Destiny at the 13th Asian Film Festival held in Seoul, South Korea in early May 1966, where it received a special award "for portraying the life of an outstanding Asian leader." It was also later re-released in the Philippines on June 18 for the 1st Manila Film Festival.[8]

In later decades, it has since been claimed that people who were close to President Diosdado Macapagal, then running for re-election against Marcos, was behind the film's initial suspension. Bongbong Marcos later on became a groomsman at fellow cast member Vilma Santos' wedding in 1992.