‘Dukit’ carts off MMFF awards

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Kapampangan independent film “Dukit” was judged as this year’s Best New Wave Film and New Wave Best Picture in the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards night at the Meralco Theater on Friday.

The film also bagged the Best New Wave Film Director for Armando Lao and New Wave Best Actor for Bor Ocampo, Willy Layug and Bambalito Lacap who portrayed the three generations of the main character.

Main actor Willy Layug, who portrayed himself, said he was honored by the recognition given him.


Dukit, the Kapampangan word for woodcarving, is centered on the region’s culture; its arts, crafts, food, music, values and traditions. It is the latest film of Lao, an acclaimed screenwriter.

The story is about a celebrated Kapampangan sculptor, Layug, who is embittered by how the father abandoned his family for another woman. It takes him years and success to learn to forgive the old man.

"Dukit is my attempt to make an authentic regional film. Shot entirely in Pampanga and over a year, the film features everything that is Kapangpangan — language, religion, music and the woodcarving tradition for which the town of Betis is known. Except for one actor, the cast is made up only of Kapangpangan talents and one-half of the production team is young Kapampangan filmmakers," Lao said.

Brillante Mendoza, also an award-winning director, said he is proud to have produced the film of his former mentor.

"This is a tribute to the century-old woodworking tradition in Betis area of Guagua. It depicts the townspeople’s faith to God and patron saint Santiago, their devotion to the church, and the willingness of the few remaining woodcarvers to retain the tradition in spite of this modern generation," Lao shared.

The film stars Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Layug, Ocampo, Raquel Villavicencio, Mark Grisworld, Thea Lelay, Lacap, Rhea Lim, and Grace Martinez.

"Dukit" bested other works like "Island Dreams" by Aloy Adlawan and Gino Santos, "Maestra" by Joven Tan, "Mga Anino ng Kahapon" by Alvin Yapan, and "Saka-saka" by Toto Natividad.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 29, 2013.


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