FDCP to Celebrate First Philippine Film Industry Month this September


BY: Pilar Mateo

GOOD NEWS! A very good one at that. From the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chair herself, Liza Diño Seguerra and her staff.

Beginning this year, the Philippines will officially celebrate and commemorate the heritage, significance, and legacy of Philippine Cinema through Philippine Film Industry Month in September, an annual month-long observation mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Film Development Council of Philippines (FDCP), as the lead agency in observing Philippine Film Industry Month, has lined up a wide array of events and programs for the inaugural celebration with the theme “Ngayon ang Bagong SineMula!”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the observance of Philippine Film Industry Month 2021 will be done online on the social media pages of FDCP for the Opening and Closing events. Screenings will be hosted exclusively on the FDCP Channel virtual platform (fdcpchannel.ph).

The Opening of Philippine Film Industry Month on September 1, to be streamed on FDCP’s Facebook pages and YouTube channel, will feature the launch of the Nood Tayo ng Sine Campaign plus important announcements from the International Film Industry Conference (IFIC), First Cut Lab Philippines (FCL PH), FDCP FilmPhilippines Incentives Program, and Mit Out Sound: International Silent Film Lab.

FDCP’s flagship program, the 5th Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), returns to the FDCP Channel with its first leg, featuring free screenings from the Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition and Sine Isla: LuzViMinda Short Film Competition from September 17 to 26.

Also screening for free on the FDCP Channel are eight heritage films restored or enhanced by the FDCP Philippine Film Archive such as “Insiang” by National Artist Lino Brocka and “Manila by Night” by National Artist Ishmael Bernal for the whole month of September, and films in the special Elwood Perez Retrospective from September 25 to 30.

Three films, “Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin” by Randolph Longjas and the restored versions of “Bata Bata Paano Ka Ginawa” and “Dekada ’70” by Chito S. Roño, will be available for rental for Pamana ng Lingkod Bayani @ FDCP Channel from September 1 to 12, a partnership between the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and FDCP to celebrate the 121st Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.

Meanwhile, the only in-person event is the Philippine Film Industry Gala at The Manila Metropolitan Theater (MET) on September 12 featuring the by-invitation screening of “Dalagang Ilocana” by Olive La Torre, launch of the Elwood Perez Retrospective, and book launch of “Ang Daigdig ng mga Api” by Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo, Jr., “Alter/native Cinema: The Un-chronicled History of Philippine Alternative Cinema” and “Three-Volume Anthology of Essays on Philippine Cinema (Vol.1 Philippine Cinema and History; Vol.2 Philippine Cinema and Culture; and Vol.3 Philippine Cinema and Literacy) by Nick Deocampo, and “Keeping Memories: Cinema and Archiving in Asia-Pacific” by SouthEast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

September 12 is a special day in Philippine Cinema history because it was when “Dalagang Bukid” by Jose Nepomuceno, the first Filipino-produced and -directed feature film, was shown in 1919.

So many activities in store! So, follow them at the FDCP Channel.

Every day, FDCP shares blessings that concerns our movie industry. Be part of it!


IS GRETCHEN BARRETTO aiming at a political position at this time and age?

Her friends from the industry, the closest ones at that just laughed at the question.

The question came up when the press, mostly from the entertainment field were sent several goodies by the former sexy actress of Regal and Seiko Films who has now opted to be a domesticated wife and mom.

Said her bosom friend Ana Abiera, herself a former showbiz denizen and part of “That’s Entertainment”, “No! Walang ganyang agenda si Gretchen. Kilala mo naman na ‘yan. Hindi rin naman kasi ipinapaalam ang pagtulong niya. Pero now, since mga press ang gusto niya matulungan, na sabi nga niya eh, naging malaking bahagi rin ng kanyang career for a long time, this is one sector na gusto niyang maabutan ng makakanan niyang ayuda.”

Sacks of rice. Goodies for the pantry.

Aside from that, through her friends, she seeks people who are in dire need but does not ask for help. And these are industry people. Co-actors. People from production. The crew. And everyone who might need an “ayuda”.

Yes, knowing the “controversial” Gretchen, she has a pure heart made of gold laden with so much love.

Don’t get her to think about being in Politics. She knows better!


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