Costanilla: Cebuano cinema council

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, June 8, 2014

GLAD. We are glad that the effort to promote and support the development and growth of the Cebuano filmmaking industry is gaining ground. Our good friend Marlon Douglas Hofer, creative director of the Cebu City Public Information Office, should be credited for taking the first step in creating the proposed Cebuano Cinema Development Council (CCDC) whose primary aim is to formulate and implement policies and programs to upgrade the art and craft of local filmmaking.

Language. In an invitation letter e-mailed to us, Cynthia Kahulugan, acting secretary to the Cebu City Sangguniang Panglungsod, wrote: “The proposed council would encourage the promotion of the Cebuano/Visayan language in films intended for public entertainment that seeks to enhance the quality of life, examine the human and social conditions and contribute to the dignity and nobility of the human spirit.”

Support. We fully support the proposed CCDC so that there will be an entity whose clear mandate is to revive the dormant local movie industry. We agree with Kahulugan’s observation that Cebu has a rich cultural heritage in the field of cinema that traces back in the early 50s, with the production of movies such as Tahas (1950), Rosas Pangdan (1957), Badlis sa Kinabuhi (1969) and Mayor Andal (1979).


Movies. We vividly remember that during our high school years, we saw films like Itlog Mo Noy Orange (written and directed by Tony Solis), Awit sa Damgo (written and directed by Talyux Bacalso), Aliyana (Chanda Romero was its lead actress), Korak, Ug Unya Nalinaw, Hari sa Kalasangan, Bulawan sa Lapok, Paypay Placid, Batol of Maktan, Villa Lagrimas, Gulpig Bun-og and Talina, Talina, among others. For sure, because of our poor archiving system, copies of these movies can no longer be retrieved.

Attend. At any rate, the proposal to create the CCDC will be extensively tackled in a public hearing on Wednesday, June 11, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Cebu City Session Hall, 4th floor of Cebu City Hall. Kahulugan is reminding anyone who is interested to attend it to observe the City Council’s House Rules on the wearing of appropriate attire, meaning the wearing of slippers, shorts and sleeveless T-shirts are not allowed inside the session hall. We encourage people, especially those who are also for the revival of the local filmmaking industry, to attend the public hearing and express their views.

Forum. At 9 a.m. on Friday, June 13, the Publishers’ Association of the Philippines Inc. (Papi) Cebu Chapter will formally launch Tapok-Tapok, its weekly media forum, at Cebu Business Hotel on Colon St. this city. Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes, his consultant Dr. Mike Nuñez and Ed Llamedo, public information officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region VII, will be the panelists. The forum is open to all legitimate media practitioners here.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 09, 2014.


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