Create ‘cinema council,’ City told

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

INDEPENDENT filmmakers and artists of Cebu are asking the Cebu City Council to pass an ordinance that will create a Cebu Cinema Development Council.

This council will initiate programs and projects aimed at reviving and advancing Cebuano cinema, said Marlon Douglas Hofer, the convenor of the Cebuano Cinema Development Council.

In his letter to the legislative body, Hofer lamented that Cebuano films have been forgotten.


Tagalog films

“In the 1970s, Cebuano movies ran parallel or were more popular than Tagalog and international movies to audiences in the province and the region. It is unfortunate that a majority of these motion pictures are now considered whispers of a lost cinema,” he said.

Hofer said there is a need to revive the Cebuano films to promote Cebu and its culture.


He invoked Section 16 of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines, which urges local government units to ensure and support the preservation and enrichment of culture.

Hofer submitted to the legislative body a draft ordinance that seeks to create the Cebu Cinema Development Council.

He said it should be composed of 10 representatives-two from the government, one from the tourism sector, two from the academe, one from movie journalism, three from independent cinema and one from the film archives sector.

“This is to ensure that the development of a native cinema industry serves the diverse interest and advocacies for a progressive and prosperous Cebu,” he said.

During the council’s Feb. 12 regular session, Hofer’s letter was referred to the committee on tourism, culture and the arts headed by Councilor James Cuenco for report and recommendation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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