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EAT BULAGA: IT'S CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY IN 'JUAN FOR ALL & ALL FOR JUAN'


DECEMBER 21 -"Juan for all, All for Juan" also features Sugod Bahay segment where Dabarkads get know the interesting stories of the lucky 'Eat Bulaga' viewer chosen as their beneficiary for the day
 Remedios Chaves of Lubao, Pampanga prayed hard that she would be chosen as a “Sugod-Bahay” winner when Eat Bulaga came to her barangay in July for the segment “Juan for All, All for Juan.” The reason: she wanted to see her son Lito, a tattoo artist based in East Timor, whom she had not seen for 16 years. They would only communicate occasionally via email, and only through his cousins. Clearly, Remedios was longing for her son since her husband passed away. “Lagi ko noon sinabi na, ‘Diyos ko, paano na kaya ang anak ko.’ Akala ko kung ano na nangyari,” she said. Remedios saw “Juan for All, All for Juan” as her only means to finally be reunited with her son. And Lito, whom Eat Bulaga was unable to contact at first, found out his mother became a “Sugod Bahay” winner, thanks to a fellow Filipino in East Timor, who saw the episode on the Internet. “Noong una, tumawag si Bossing Vic Sotto. Hindi ako makontak. Nalaman ko na lang na nanalo nanay ko n’ung sinabi ng kaibigan ko na may ‘Sugod Bahay’ daw, nakita n’ya sa Youtube. Pinakita sa akin. Sabi ko, nanay ko nga yan. Nakita ko rin na maraming nagsasabi sa Facebook na, ‘Umuwi ka na, hinahanap ka ng nanay mo.’ Naiyak ako. Nagulat talaga ako,” Lito said. READ MORE...

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DECEMBER 21 -Sign up to WorldRemit and send to the Philippines, and enjoy the very best in Pinoy entertainment with TFC today! Many Filipinos who have moved overseas find different ways of staying connected to their home country, including eating at restaurants serving their nation's cuisine or tuning in to their favorite TV shows. This is why TFC has teamed up with WorldRemit to bring you the very best in Pinoy entertainment: If you make a money transfer to the Philippines with WorldRemit, you'll get 30 days' free access to TFC.tv! All you need to do is send money to the Philippines with WorldRemit between now and Feb. 6, 2017 and we'll email you a TFC Prepaid Card Serial Number and PIN to gain access to www.tfc.tv. READ MORE...

ALSO: Leyte Rep. Yedda inherits work load from hubby Martin


DECEMBER 21 -Former Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and wife, now Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Mendoza-Romualdez, with their children (from left): Marty, 15; Bella, nine years old; Maddey, one year old; and Andrew, 16. Last Saturday, former Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and his wife Yedda invited movie writers to a Christmas party, along with representatives from the PWD (People With Disability) group, beneficiaries of a law authored by Martin.
Because it’s beauty-contest season, with beauty-watchers holding their breath in anticipation of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant’s staging here on Jan. 30 next year, movie writers 30 years old and below wondered if Yedda was ever a beauty queen. They were pleasantly surprised to learn that, yes, Yedda (full name: Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt-Romualdez) was, indeed, a beauty queen who reigned as Bb. Pilipinas International in 1996, the same year she finished one of the Top 15 semi-finalists in that year’s Miss International pageant in Japan. (“Won by Portugal’s Fernanda Alves,” according to this corner’s “beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas. “Yedda was also named Miss Pond’s Beautiful Skin during the Bb. Pilipinas finals; her co-winners were Aileen Damiles, Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Daisy Reyes, Bb. Pilipinas World.”) READ MORE...

ALSO: MMFF holds Parade of Stars


DECEMBER 24 -FACE VALUE – A giant mask adorns the float of the movie ‘Die Beautiful,’ one of the eight entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which held a Parade of Stars yesterday around Manila. The other entries are ‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2,’ ‘Kabisera,’ ‘Sunday Beauty Queen,’ ‘Oro,’ ‘Saving Sally,’ ‘Seklusyon,’ and ‘Vince & Kath & James.’ (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)
Unlike in previous years, the MMFF Parade of Stars kicked off at Manila City Hall instead of Roxas Boulevard. The crowd, composed mostly of young people, flocked to the parade route that included Jones Bridge, Claro M. Recto Avenue, Rizal Avenue, Quezon Boulevard with final stop at Plaza Miranda in front of Quiapo Church. They bore and held up banners that had the names of the stars participating in this year’s Magic 8, namely “Die Beautiful,” “Kabisera,” “Oro,” “Seklusyon,” “Saving Sally,” “Sunday Beauty Queen,” “Vince and Kath and James” and “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough.” The reroute is just one of so many things new with the festival that saw a new set of executive committee, new guidelines that resulted in the current entries with emphasis on story quality and technical excellence, and new festival run (shorter by four days, ending at Jan. 3, 2017). READ MORE...

ALSO: Liza has big plans for the industry


DECEMBER 24 -The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) under its chair Liza Diño is striking while the proverbial iron is hot — Photo by Ver Paulino­
Another golden age of Philippine cinema is here. Our filmmakers are winning in international film festivals. Lav Diaz bagged the Silver Bear in Berlin for Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. He won the Golden Lion for Ang Babaeng Humayo. His other film, Ang Araw Bago Ang Wakas, got the Principal Prize at the International Short Filmfest in Oberhausen, Germany and Best Feature at the Tabor Filmfest in Croatia. Jaclyn Jose is the first Filipina to win Best Actress honors in Cannes (for Ma’Rosa). Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza’s film may have not been shortlisted in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, but it was reviewed in Variety and The Guardian. The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) under its chair Liza Diño is striking while the proverbial iron is hot. Since she assumed office months ago, the hardworking Liza has lived out of a suitcase, promoting Filipino films not only in the country, but abroad. READ MORE...


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In ‘Eat Bulaga’: It’s Christmas everyday in Juan for all, All for Juan


"Juan for all, All for Juan" also features Sugod Bahay segment where Dabarkads get know the interesting stories of the lucky 'Eat Bulaga' viewer chosen as their beneficiary for the day

MANILA, DECEMBER 26, 2016 (MANILA STANDARD) posted December 20, 2016 - Remedios Chaves of Lubao, Pampanga prayed hard that she would be chosen as a “Sugod-Bahay” winner when Eat Bulaga came to her barangay in July for the segment “Juan for All, All for Juan.” The reason: she wanted to see her son Lito, a tattoo artist based in East Timor, whom she had not seen for 16 years. They would only communicate occasionally via email, and only through his cousins. Clearly, Remedios was longing for her son since her husband passed away.

“Lagi ko noon sinabi na, ‘Diyos ko, paano na kaya ang anak ko.’ Akala ko kung ano na nangyari,” she said.

Remedios saw “Juan for All, All for Juan” as her only means to finally be reunited with her son. And Lito, whom Eat Bulaga was unable to contact at first, found out his mother became a “Sugod Bahay” winner, thanks to a fellow Filipino in East Timor, who saw the episode on the Internet.

“Noong una, tumawag si Bossing Vic Sotto. Hindi ako makontak. Nalaman ko na lang na nanalo nanay ko n’ung sinabi ng kaibigan ko na may ‘Sugod Bahay’ daw, nakita n’ya sa Youtube. Pinakita sa akin. Sabi ko, nanay ko nga yan. Nakita ko rin na maraming nagsasabi sa Facebook na, ‘Umuwi ka na, hinahanap ka ng nanay mo.’ Naiyak ako. Nagulat talaga ako,” Lito said.

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"Juan for all, All for Juan" also features Sugod Bahay segment where Dabarkads get know the interesting stories of the lucky 'Eat Bulaga' viewer chosen as their beneficiary for the day

Eat Bulaga did not disappoint Remedios. Not only was she able to talk to Lito via a video call days after her “Sugod-Bahay” win, the noontime show even sent her to East Timor, where she stayed for 15 days.

“Noong nakita n’ya ako, syempre, katakot-takot na iyakan ang nangyari kasi 16 years kaming hindi nagkita,” Remedios said.

Their lives have changed since then, thanks to Eat Bulaga. Remedios now has a small sari-sari store in Pampanga as a means of livelihood. Meanwhile, Lito returned to the Philippines two weeks after his mother’s visit in East Timor. He has decided to stay here for good.

“Babalik ako ng East Timor after one year para kunin yung mga anak ko. Pagkatapos, dito na kami sa Pilipinas titira. Lagi kasing naglalambing nanay ko. Matanda na raw siya, gusto n’yang makasama na kaming pamilya n’ya,” Lito said.

“Malaking bagay. Malaking tulong ang Eat Bulaga. Binuo niya ang pamilya namin,” Remedios said. “Parang Pasko araw-araw.”

This is a sentiment common among winners of “Juan for All, All for Juan.” Not only has the show given entertainment and joy to various communities in the Philippines. It has also made many viewers, especially contestants from depressed areas in the country, feel that Christmas can come everyday, right on their doorsteps.


Dabarkads Maine Mendoza and Paolo Ballesteros with Nanay Remedios Chaves

“Juan for All, All for Juan began as an Eat Bulaga segment in February 2009, with hosts Ruby Rodriguez and Wally Bayola going to different barangays every day. It started out as a simple “Bring Me” game, where the hosts at Broadway Centrum tell the viewer-contestants what items to give Ruby and Wally in order to win prizes.

The segment eventually evolved. Now, “Juan for All, All for Juan” is the heart of Eat Bulaga, thanks mostly to “Sugod-Bahay” portion, where the Eat Bulaga mainstays get to personally interact with the segment winners in their homes without fail, rain or shine. Current segment hosts Wally, Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, and Maine Mendoza agree that “Juan for All, All for Juan” is special for everyone involved.

“Everyday, nakikita namin yung iba’t ibang istorya ng tao,” Wally said.

“Masarap yung pakiramdam na kasama ka dito. Maraming hosts ang Eat Bulaga, at maswerte kami na magkaroon ng sariling portion na kailangang alagaan mo,” said Jose. “Araw-araw may pressure. So yung feeling dapat mahalin mo yung segment, kung paano mo palalaguin sa tulong ng mga nasa Broadway.”

Jose, who grew up in Tondo, Manila, said he enjoys spending time with the people outside Eat Bulaga. “Masarap yung pakiramdam sa part ko, kasi sabi nga nila ang artista dapat lumilingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan. Ito yun, e. Hindi ako nawawala sa mundo ko noong araw. Sa tulong ng “Juan for All,” hindi ako naaalis sa lugar ko. Nabigyan lang ako ng trabaho pero andoon pa rin ako sa lugar ko”


"Juan for all, All for Juan" segment hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola continue to bring cheers and help less fortunate Filipinos

“Mahilig akong makipagchikahan sa mga matatanda,” said Paolo, who initially joined “Juan for All, All for Juan” as temporary substitute for Wally, who was down with sore eyes. He clicked with the segment and has become a mainstay ever since. “Nakakatuwa rin na kapag nasa barangay kami tapos may lalapit sa amin na naging winner na before, tapos chichikahin namin kung ano ginawa nila sa premyo nila.”

Maine, the latest addition to the Eat Bulaga family, joined the show via “Juan for All, All for Juan.” “Dito ako nagsimula. Iba yung pag-welcome sa akin dito. Family ang trato sa akin dito kahit (noong) una pa lang. Noon hanggang ngayon, sobrang saya, hindi nagbabago yung pakiramdam,” she said. “Masarap to get along with different kinds of people and to hear with different stories.”

The TV host-actress said she personally chose to do “Juan for All, All for Juan” instead of doing hosting duties in the Eat Bulaga studio. “Niloloko nila ako na lilipat na ako sa Broadway. Pero sabi ko, parang hindi ko kayang iwan yung barangay kasi ditto ako nagsimula. Dito rin ako magtatapos. Ayokong iwan kung saan ako nagsimula. Sobrang napamahal na ito sa akin.”

Jose believes Juan for “All, All for Juan” is a blessing to the segment winners and the Eat Bulaga viewers at home.

“Yung viewers, mas nagiging matatatag sila sa tulong ng ‘Juan for All, All for Juan.’ Doon nila pwedeng makita na may mga taong mas nangangailan ng tulong kaysa sa kanila, na dapat di sila magalit o magtampo sa mundo,” he said. “Yung mga pinupuntahan naman namin, nabibigyan naming sila ng bagong pagasa na hindi huminto yung mundo nila sa tulong ng ‘Juan for All, All for Juan.’ At the same time, yung mga payo nina Tito, Vic, and Joey, nagagamit nila yun.”

The hosts of “Juan for All, All for Juan” and their fellow Dabarkads feel they also get something in return from being one with Filipinos at the barangay.

“Give and take siya, e. We learn mula sa mga kwento nila, and kami naman nakakapaghatid ng papremyo,” Wally said.

Maine said, “Marami kaming nalalaman dito sa barangay. Mas marami akong natututunan tungkol sa buhay dito. Dito ko nare-realize na ang swerte ko pala talaga. At the same time, sobrang saya kasi nakakatulong ka rin sa tao.”

Jose said, “Araw-araw Pasko para lahat sa lahat dito. Hindi lang araw-araw Pasko – namimigay din tayo ng saya at pagasa sa bawat pamilya at tahanan na napupuntahan namin. Hindi lang kami pumapasok para sa show. Pumapasok din kami sa buhay ng tao.”


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Leyte Rep. Yedda inherits work load from hubby Martin FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Former Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and wife, now Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Mendoza-Romualdez, with their children (from left): Marty, 15; Bella, nine years old; Maddey, one year old; and Andrew, 16. Last Saturday, former Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and his wife Yedda invited movie writers to a Christmas party, along with representatives from the PWD (People With Disability) group, beneficiaries of a law authored by Martin.

Because it’s beauty-contest season, with beauty-watchers holding their breath in anticipation of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant’s staging here on Jan. 30 next year, movie writers 30 years old and below wondered if Yedda was ever a beauty queen.

They were pleasantly surprised to learn that, yes, Yedda (full name: Yedda Marie Mendoza Kittilstvedt-Romualdez) was, indeed, a beauty queen who reigned as Bb. Pilipinas International in 1996, the same year she finished one of the Top 15 semi-finalists in that year’s Miss International pageant in Japan. (“Won by Portugal’s Fernanda Alves,” according to this corner’s “beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas. “Yedda was also named Miss Pond’s Beautiful Skin during the Bb. Pilipinas finals; her co-winners were Aileen Damiles, Bb. Pilipinas Universe and Daisy Reyes, Bb. Pilipinas World.”)

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Yedda replaced Martin as Leyte representative after Martin finished three terms and (unsuccessfully) ran for senator in last May’s elections. (He said he’s running again for the same position in 2019.) The couple has four children: Andrew, 16, and Marty, 15, who are home for the holidays from Switzerland where they are in boarding (high) school; and Bella, nine years old, a student at International School (IS) and Maddey, one year old.

“I’ve never met somebody who loves being a mommy more than she does,” Yedda quoted Martin as saying. “He’s right. I do love being at home, happy being in the sidelines helping Martin quietly. I’m comfortable with myself, happy being a wife to Martin and being a mom to our children who are all very smart.”

That was until Martin asked her to run, which surprised Yedda because, as Martin himself admitted, he’s the jealous type. During the Q&A, Yedda told the movie writers that when she dressed in something revealing (by Martin’s standard, that is), he would ask her to change to something more, well, “conservative.” But now that Yedda is in the political arena, Martin has “conceded” that she has become some kind of a public property.

“When Martin was courting me,” Yedda recalled good-humoredly, “he was really determined. His motto was ‘Akin ka; bahala ka kung ayaw mo.’” At a pre-election presscon, Martin confessed likewise. Asked how to win the attention and affection of a beauty queen, Martin told the amused crowd, “Don’t take no for an answer.”


Martin and Yedda during last Saturday’s Christmas party for the movie press


Yedda as 1996 Bb. Pilipinas International…


…and with co-winners Aileen Damiles (left, Bb. Pilipinas Universe) and Daisy Reyes, Bb. Pilipinas World

Being a first-timer in Congress (where her good looks light up the usually drab halls, along with such beauties as Vilma Santos of Batangas, Lucy Torres of Ormoc, Baby Arenas of Pangasinan and Gwen Garcia of Cebu), Yedda learns, in a manner of speaking, the “tricks of the trade” mostly from Martin, from her colleagues and even from Tacloban City Mayor Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzalez-Romualdez who had served three terms as councilor.

Kring-Kring is the wife of former Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez. Martin and Alfred are cousins, thus Yedda and Kring-Kring are cousins-in-law.

“I admire Cristina,” said Yedda. “She’s hardworking. She’s doing a lot in bringing Tacloban back to where it was before Yolanda happened. We are close because my sister Lily is married to Cristina’s brother Michael. They are living in the States.”

An RN (Registered Nurse), Yedda said that she inherited most of Martin’s work load — bills filed by Martin that didn’t reach third reading and which Yedda is refilling, including 1). The creation of a department that can address natural or man-made disasters (NDRRMC is only a coordinating body); 2). The creation of a National Cancer Center that can address the needs of cancer patients; and 3). The creation of an Alternative Learning System (ALS).

On behalf of their colleagues, the PWD present at the party were grateful to Martin for the Expanded PWD Benefits and Privilege Act authored by Martin and signed into law on March 23, 2016, “implementing the rules and regulations signed on Dec. 2, 2016, by DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo,” including “additional 20 percent discount on specific goods and services, maximum of 32 percent discount on specific goods and services (including VAT exemption).”


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MMFF holds Parade of Stars 0 SHARES Share it! Published December 24, 2016, 12:08 AM by Betheena Kae Unite

Change has come to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and it spilled over to the streets, Friday.


FACE VALUE – A giant mask adorns the float of the movie ‘Die Beautiful,’ one of the eight entries in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) which held a Parade of Stars yesterday around Manila. The other entries are ‘Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2,’ ‘Kabisera,’ ‘Sunday Beauty Queen,’ ‘Oro,’ ‘Saving Sally,’ ‘Seklusyon,’ and ‘Vince & Kath & James.’ (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

Unlike in previous years, the MMFF Parade of Stars kicked off at Manila City Hall instead of Roxas Boulevard.

The crowd, composed mostly of young people, flocked to the parade route that included Jones Bridge, Claro M. Recto Avenue, Rizal Avenue, Quezon Boulevard with final stop at Plaza Miranda in front of Quiapo Church.

They bore and held up banners that had the names of the stars participating in this year’s Magic 8, namely “Die Beautiful,” “Kabisera,” “Oro,” “Seklusyon,” “Saving Sally,” “Sunday Beauty Queen,” “Vince and Kath and James” and “Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough.”

The reroute is just one of so many things new with the festival that saw a new set of executive committee, new guidelines that resulted in the current entries with emphasis on story quality and technical excellence, and new festival run (shorter by four days, ending at Jan. 3, 2017).

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The floats started converging at Mehan Garden near Manila City Hall as early as 11 a.m. These were not as big as the previous MMFF motorcade but it is by design so they could easily navigate through narrow streets.

As expected, traffic was bad in the affected areas, especially since it coincided with last day of work before the long Christmas weekend.

“We always do this every year, kaya tangkilikin natin ang sariling atin (We have to support our own films),” said Tim Orbos, MMDA general manager.

Although movies starring the usual big stars as Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda did not qualify this year, some young viewers think the 2016 line-up is “a breath of fresh air.”

Different view

“Ako, okay lang may ibang mukha pero paano naman ‘yung iba na sila ang inaabangan? Pero let’s wait and see kung maganda talaga ang kalalabasan ng MMFF ngayon (For me it’s okay to have new faces but how about those who look forward to seeing the usual stars? Let’s wait and see if the outcome will be good) despite the unfamiliar faces,” said Andrew, a young professional who watched the parade.

The MMFF, now on its 42nd year, had total earnings of more than a billion pesos last year.


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Liza has big plans for the industry DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 24, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) under its chair Liza Diño is striking while the proverbial iron is hot — Photo by Ver Paulino­

Another golden age of Philippine cinema is here. Our filmmakers are winning in international film festivals. Lav Diaz bagged the Silver Bear in Berlin for Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis.

He won the Golden Lion for Ang Babaeng Humayo. His other film, Ang Araw Bago Ang Wakas, got the Principal Prize at the International Short Filmfest in Oberhausen, Germany and Best Feature at the Tabor Filmfest in Croatia.

Jaclyn Jose is the first Filipina to win Best Actress honors in Cannes (for Ma’Rosa). Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza’s film may have not been shortlisted in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category, but it was reviewed in Variety and The Guardian.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) under its chair Liza Diño is striking while the proverbial iron is hot. Since she assumed office months ago, the hardworking Liza has lived out of a suitcase, promoting Filipino films not only in the country, but abroad.

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Liza’s travel assistance program for filmmakers who join international festivals spares these talented people from the agony of begging for airfare and money for accommodations abroad.

Speaking of financial help, FDCP helped bankroll Ma’Rosa’s bid for a nomination in the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film Category (it didn’t make it to the shortlist, though).


‘Shoot in the PHL’ FDCP chair Liza Diño plans to turn PHL into hotspot for local, foreign film prods The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on August 12 welcomed actress Liza Diño as the organization's new chair. Diño succeeds Briccio Santos, who first held the office in 2010.

The momentum has become too strong to let go of. Next year will be even more hectic and exciting.

Up high on Liza’s to-do list is a three-day film congress in October that promises to make the Philippines a motion picture hub in Asia.

It will expose Filipino indie filmmakers to experts in marketing and distributing films around the world.

“There are so many projects and grants filmmakers can access to fund their projects,” says Liza.

For her — and the film industry — it’s the more, the merrier.

It’s also the more, the merrier for filmmakers who dream of having a good venue where their creativity and hard work can be shown without the risk of being pulled out after the first few days of exhibition.

The good news is that FDCP has partnered with SM cinemas to show these films nationwide. FDCP will provide the movies to be screened in eight SM cinemas.

Indie films to be shown in SM cinemas will enjoy a wider audience, and longer exposure where it matters most — the mall most families go to.

You don’t have to go to Manila anymore to watch your favorite indie. It will be shown in the provincial SM Mall nearest you.

FDCP is going to remote places that deserve all the help it can get.

Compostela Valley, for instance, has been holding an indie film exhibition at the town plaza for four years now. This breeding ground of local talent has even won a citation for Responsible Tourism, Community-Based Category.

It’s about time the place gets its own movie theater, or cinematheque. The same is true for Antique, which will also have its cinematheque, as soon as construction on the building is done.

“We’re working on an P8M budget,” explains Liza. Thanks to Sen. Loren Legarda, that budget even grew bigger to cover the construction of three cinematheques.

FDCP is also teaming up with the University of the Philippines (UP) Film Institute to come up with a teaching manual, online workshops, and others on film. Liza and company are sponsoring inter-collegiate filmfests nationwide to help young, budding filmmakers from universities nationwide.

If plans push through, these students will go to Subic for their research. FDCP will convert part of SBMA’s (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, which Liza’s dad, Martin Diño heads) vast facilities into a film archive. And just so filmmakers can come up with more outputs this year, Liza is working on a proposal that would include the film industry in the government’s investment priority plan. It will entitle films to get tax rebates from government.

Liza has big plans and she needs, and deserves our full support. —With reports from Almed Garcia and Julian Mauricio


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