FDCP reveals 3 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino finalists

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BY: Pilar Mateo

BY the President of the Philippines, Proclamation no. 622 declares 12 September 2019 to 11 September 2020 as the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema.

This is where the Constitution provides that the State shall conserve, promote and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as ARTISTIC CREATIONS.

Included are the enhancement of the social fabric, by promoting Philippine culture and values, safeguarding the Philippine cultural heritage and sustaining and enhancing cultural assets, and is one of the overriding objectives of the government under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

Whereas, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) was created through Republic Act No. 9167 to undertake initiatives that will promote the growth and development of the local film industry, as well as establish, organize, operate and maintain local and international film festivals, exhibitions and other similar activoties.

Under this proclamation, “Dalagang Bukid“, a film directed by Jose Nepomuceno and considered as the first Filipino-produced and directed feature film, which premiered on 12 September 1919 will be celebrating its centennial year on 12 September 2019.

By the virtue of the powers vested in our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by the Constitution and existing laws, declares 12 September 2019 to 11 September 2020 as “Centennial Year pf Philippine Cinema”.

And it is FDCP which will lead the observance of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema, and identify the programs, projects and activities for its celebration.


Yesterday over merienda at Gateway’s Gloriamaris, FDCP revealed the 3 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino finalists.

Rod Marmol‘s “Cuddle Weather” from Project 8 corner San Joaquin Projects, Perci Intalan‘s “The Panti Sisters” from the Idea First Company, Inc., and Jade Castro‘s “LSS (Last Song Syndrome)” from Globe Studios.

“Cuddle Weather” centers on two (2) sex workers who form an odd romantoc set-up as “cuddle partners”.

“The Panti Sisters” is top-billed by Paolo Ballesteros, Martin del Rosario, and Christian Bables. This family comedy film is about three (3) gay brothers whose dying father wishes for each of his sons to produce an heir in exchange for an inheritance.

“LSS: (Last Song Syndrome)” stars Khalil Ramos, Gabbi Garcia, Tuesday Vargas, Elijah Canlas, and indie folk-pop band Ben & Ben. The film revolves aroind dreamers Zak and Sarah who jabe a shared love for the band Ben & Ben and eventually get into a whirlwind romance.

As the assigned legacy celebrating the 100 Years of Philippine Cinema, FDCP now on its third installment, PPP the flagship program will celebrate a week-long celebration that exclusively screens quality Filipino genre films in all cinemas nationwide. Thus, it will run from September 13-19 this year.


By June, five (5) more films will complete the PPP line-up giving the film production companies enough time to submit their finished films or films in post-production until May 31, 2019.

They have buried the hatchet. Smoked the peace pipe. And Christian gave his yes, after Direk Perci talked to Kuya Boy (Abunda) in their intention to have him co-star with Paolo and Martin in “The Panti Sisters”.

They had a falling out for just a while. Now, Christian is so rarin’ to do the movie where they play gay brothers whose father is dying and summons all of them to say that whoever can give him a grandchild will inherit a huge “pamana”. And yes, their family name is Panti.

According to Direk Perci, it was his partner Direk Jun (Lana) whp from out of the blue thought of the title.

“Basta lang daw lumabas sa isip niya. Nagulat nga ako when he blurted it out. Sabi ko pa nga alangan namang Panti Brothers amg gamitin namin. ‘Yun sana ang sagot ko kung may nagtaning why the title. Pero when we were in HongKong recently sa Film Market, nag-survey na kami from people na hindi taga-rito. Gusto naman nila. They didn’t even ask kung ano ba spelling or what.”


A dream project, alright.

FDCP Chair and CEO Liza Diño is ecstatic to have these films roll.

“Iba-ibang stories. Different genres. Pasok sa millenials. Kami ng anak kong si Amara eh fans ng Ben & Ben. Imagine ‘yung songs nila pasok in one movie. LSS ka talaga. May sexy and daring. Na sigurado namang magugustuhan ng audience. Kasi, naglagay kami ng special student price for the tickets. Kaya they can afford it. P180 sa Manila and P130 sa probinsya.”

No Parade this time but the most-awaited awards night will happen where together with Chair Liza the members of the screening and selection committee will have Jose Javier Reyes and Carlitos Siguion Reyna (directors), Lee Meily (Director of Photography) and Manet Dayrit (Film Editor).

For the third time, let’s make “Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino” an event to reckon with!

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