MANILA FILMFEST TO HONOR ERAPíS DIREK
Manila, June 5, 1999 - Director-scriptwriter Totoy Buenaventura, one of President Joseph Estrada's favorite filmmakers, is this year's lifetime achievement awardee of the Manila Film Festival.
A Manileño, Buenaventura was born on Feb. 2, 1933 in Tondo, Manila, where he also finished elementary (Magat Salamat Elementary School) and high school (Torres High School). He took up bachelor of arts at Far Eastern University in downtown Manila.
Buenaventura wrote scripts and directed films set in Manila, many of which starred Joseph Estrada.
The Manila Film Festival honored him with a best director award in 1971 for "Ang Uliran."
Buenaventura's writing and directorial credits include "Geron Busabos," "Ito ang Pilipino," "Erap Is My Guy," "Bakya Mo Neneng," "Kumander Alibasbas," "Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa," and "Sa mga Kuko ng Agila," all starring Josesph Estrada.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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