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Philippine Film Archive Continues Preservation of Gems from UPFI Film Collection

MANILA, August 19, 2020 — The community quarantine due to COVID-19 took over the second quarter of 2020, but this did not deter the Philippine Film Archive (PFA) from fulfilling its role of protecting our national film heritage, which includes the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) Film Center film collection.

The PFA, a division of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), reported that from April to June 2020, it was able to complete the rewinding, transfer, and inventory of Class A and Class B elements from its acquisitions from the UPFI Film Center.


Among the historical and cultural gems that went through the rewinding, transfer, and inventory process are two films done by National Artists. These are “Noli Me Tangere” (1961), in original print, by National Artist for Cinema Gerardo de Leon and “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” (1984) by National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Lino Brocka.

Class A elements are in good condition with just minimal damage while Class B elements have medium to heavy damage such as warping, light to medium deterioration, slight blockage, and low to high Vinegar Syndrome. Class C elements, which are subject for disposal because of having melted images, blockage, or heavy deterioration, are undergoing rewinding, transfer, and inventory at present.

The PFA team acquires film elements from the UPFI Film Center.


In August 2019, the UPFI Film Center turned over 1,024 film reels to the PFA for archiving, scanning, digitization, and possible restoration. There are even Russian titles in the acquired collection. Through FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra, the PFA had a fruitful meeting with UPFI Director Patrick Campos which led to the completion of the acquisition of the UPFI film collection.

PFA Head Don Gervin Arawan explains the rollercoaster of emotions that he and his team feels whenever they do the film archiving process: “There is excitement during acquisition; feeling of loss before we leave, seeing some films that were destroyed in time; thrill during inspection; and tension during the handling of some delicate and damaged films.”

He continued, “Then, there is pleasure after initial cleaning and transfer to a new container, and fulfillment when we complete the inventory and put them on racks or inside the film vaults. And before the day ends, we feel very honored to be able to do this for our country and for the present and future generations.”

The PFA team transfers film reels from old to new cans


Arawan reveals that the plans for the UPFI gems include digitizing the collection, migrating it to a new medium, and generating access copies for the public. Titles with significant historical and cultural values, such as “Noli Me Tangere” and “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim,” will be prioritized for the PFA Film Restoration Program, which has already restored nine titles and is currently restoring two films.

“Our beloved Chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra is always ecstatic about these kinds of projects and she already has plans on how to showcase and share to the Filipino people this culturally and historically significant endeavor,” concluded Arawan.



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“Greetings from the Film Development Council of the Philippines!

“We are pleased to support and partner with the ATA for the 25th year of Asian Television Awards.

“Just this year, January 10 to 12, 2020, Asian Television Awards celebrated their 24th year here in the Philippines at Newport Performing Arts Theaters of the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City with a total of 11 acts performance from Anggun, Dick Lee, Jona, Morrissette, Martin Nievera, 4th Impact, Hoang Yen Chibi, Jasmine Henry, Arman Ferrer, Tien Chong and Cherry Bullet.

“On January 15 to 17, 2021, ATA will celebrate their silver year at Nagaworld, Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Bayon TV as official broadcast partner.

“As the official national film agency of the Philippines, we encourage you to submit your entries with ATA to better promote and hype-up the Philippines’ pride in both local talents and industry producers.

Deadline of entries will be on September 6, 2020!

“Kindly see attached files for the needed documents to submit your entry.

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“The Awards is now televised to 500 million homes across Asia Pacific through our network of 11 broadcast partners comprising Bangkok TV, Cignal TV and TV5, Today TV, Bayon TV, Channel O Indonesia, Citra Entertainment, The Indonesia Channel, Formosa TV, ViuTV and Jiangsu Broadcast. The Awards are also available on Facebook Live.

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