Senator Juan Miguel ‘Midz’ Zubiri donated P2.5 million to seed the scholarship program of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino which aims to help deserving kin of local film workers through four-year college courses.
The turnover was held at the mezzanine floor of the Imperial Palace on Morato Extension at noon on September 19 with officers of the NMPP and the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. and the press in attendance.
The senator vowed that he would also turn over another P2.5 million for the housing program for movie workers which will enable them to apply for Pag-Ibig membership. He added he intends to allot these amounts yearly for the two programs.
The NMPP board of directors attended the turnover and the press conference that followed. These included Director Joel Lamangan, NMPP president; Chairman Maning Borlaza, Vice-President Richard Gomez and board directors Rez Cortez, Tony Reyes, Mel Chionglo, Soxy Topacio, Dick Israel, Manny Morfe, Josie Tagle, Gina Alajar and Baldo Marro.
Directors Gil Portes and Jose Carreon of the DGPI also attended with Pablo Gomez and Pablo Libiran, officers of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines.
According to Director Lamangan, the scholarship program intend to benefit the members of both the formal and informal guilds or organizations of movie industry workers.
The formal guilds are those affiliated with the Film Academy of the Philippines and include actors and actresses, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographer, production designers, editors, sound technicians, musical scorers, assistant directors and production managers.
The informal groups are made up of stuntmen, talents and extras, checkers, bookers, make-up artists, stillmen, legmen, lagaristas, dubbers, managers and even members of the entertainment or movie press.
Lamangan said that the guilds and organizations will submit ten applications each for scholarships. For the first year, a total of 10 to15 scholars might be selected. He announced the following pertinent information:
–To qualify, the applicant must have at least 87% grade average on his fourth year high school graduation. He or she must also present admission tests and eligibility requirements.
–Only the tuition fees shall be covered by the scholarship fund.
–A two-year or four-year college course is preferable in any state university or college. At least three of the scholars must take film school courses or allied courses, like mass communications, tri-media or creative writing.
–The scholarships will be extended on a semestral basis provided the scholar is able to maintain the grade point average in passing his or her subjects.
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