NCCA to take ‘Cinema Rehiyon’ to Oro

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

IN CELEBRATING the National Arts Month (NAM), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold “Cinema Rehiyon” here on Feb. 18-22.

This is one of the seven flagship programs during the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) of NCCA.

Now on its sixth installment, Cinema Rehiyon will be headed by Dr. Miguel Rapatan, chair of the National Committee on Cinema of NCCA's Subcommission on the Arts.


It will have screenings and forums that will focus on the film productions from the regions.

Independent filmmakers from Baguio, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Zamboanga and others will showcase their latest films.

The Cinema Rehiyon 6, themed “Filming the Frontiers,” is the second that would be held in Mindanao after Davao City in 2011.

There are 93 films that will be shown. Fourteen are full length – one hour and thirty minutes to two hours – movies.

Entrance requirements from moviegoers are goods worth not less than P20 preferably toothbrush and tooth paste, bath soap, four pieces sanitary napkins.

“All of these goods will be donated to super Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas,” said Hobart Savior, Cinema Rehiyon Festival director.

The festival seeks to educate its audience on regional works that exist outside of the mainstream cinema, and to engage film enthusiasts in the dialogue with filmmakers discussing the arts.

The Philippines celebrates NAM during February since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991.

As the country’s main agency for the arts and culture, the NCCA, headed by its chairman, Felipe de Leon, Jr., leads in celebrating NAM with the Philippine Arts Festival.

For 2014, PAF has taken the theme "Art on the Edge,” highlighting the advancements achieved in different art forms, the innovations, the modern evolution of art, and the artistic creations in the peripheries.

Spearheaded by the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts, PAF consists of the flagship projects of the seven committees of the subcommission—architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater, and the visual arts.

It aims to highlight the artistic talent and brilliance of the Filipino people.

Initially centering around the National Capital Region, PAF activities will be held all over the country in order to reach as many people as possible.

With private and government agencies as partners, PAF 2014 promises to be an exhilarating celebration of the arts with workshops, exhibitions, forums, performances, and many other events participated in by numerous artists.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 30, 2014.


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