Costanilla: Free ‘Sinegugma’ film fest screening

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Laudable. The move to revive the Cebuano film industry is so laudable and we should appreciate the Cebu City Government, particularly the Office of the Mayor, for spearheading a short film competition as a first step. The effort is ambitious considering the substantial amount that producing even a single movie entails. But we have to start somewhere in order to achieve what we have been dreaming of.

Screening. And so on Saturday, July 19, 10 short films will be screened during the Sinegugma Short Film Competition at the social hall of Cebu City Hall starting at 5 p.m. Of the 10 short films, seven are official contest entries while the remaining three are guest entries. These short films represent the different barangays in the city as suggested by Mayor Michael Rama. Sadly, however, not all barangays have submitted entries. The event on Saturday is free so everybody is welcome to witness the screening of the short films. Cocktails will also be served.

Entries. We learned from event organizer and film director Marlon Douglas Hofer that all short films are well crafted by their respective directors. This is amazing considering the fact that these directors have not studied filmmaking and yet they were able to come up with impressive productions. Anyway, the barangays and their entries are: Capitol Site (Balay); Sirao (Aninag); Apas (Grotto); Guadalupe (Mangga); Kinasang-an (Bato Lata); Kamputhaw (Brad); and Budlaan (Kanbas). The guest entries are Aftershock, Diabetiko and Kinit, directed by Remton Zuasola, Francis Mumar and Hofer, respectively.


Judges. We also gathered from Hofer that the judges during the competition are actress Suzette Ranillo, Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, Councilor James Cuenco, actress Bambi Beltran and Msgr. Titing Ancajas.

Revive. Talking of Cuenco, we are hoping he or his father, former Rep. Tony Cuenco, will revive Bisaya Films. We remember that they produced Matud Nila in the 80s. Its stars included Pilar Pilapil, Gloria Sevilla, Dr. Warfe Engracia, Pinky Marquez, Mat Ranillo Jr., Lau Rogero, Jennifer Sevilla and several local talents. We were then involved in the production as its press relations guy.

Statue. To us, the plan to transfer the huge Lapu-Lapu statue from Rizal Park to Punta Engraño should not be pursued. Let the hero’s statue stay there forever as a reminder to all Filipinos and even foreigners that Lapu-Lapu, a native of Cebu, was the first hero to successfully defeat foreign aggression. And why place Lapu-Lapu’s statue in Punta Engaño which was not the actual location of the Battle of Mactan in 1521?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2014.


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