The new set of officers of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines, led by President Isabel D. Sebullen, were inducted by Film Academy Director-General Leo G. Martinez in simple ceremonies last Monday, March 23, at the Academy office in OctoArts building, Panay Avenue, Quezon City.
Also inducted were Enrico Villa, chairman of the board; Vic Dabao, vice-president; Andy Beltran, secretary/treasurer; and Lani Tolentino and Lita Duguran, board members. Absent were Hernan Robles, Tess Clarin and Manny Rodriguez, all board members.
The new SGP board being inducted by FAP DG Leo Martinez. From left, Andy Beltran, Enrico Villa, Lani Tolentino, Dr. Isabel Sebullen, Vic Dabao and Lita Duguran
FAP Chairman Espiridion Laxa and Director Jose Carreon gave inspirational talks to the new set of officers. DG Martinez advised the group to invite the former members of the SGP to renew their membership and keep the SGP doors open for new and young scriptwriters.
Dr. Sebullen has a Ph.D in Public Policy Management and currently a professor in Lyceum of the Philippines. She is also a three-time Palanca winner in the short story category. Aside from being a scriptwriter, Vic Dabao is also a noted production designer and a visual artist who is one of the advocates of the mixed media art style. Andy Beltran is into different businesses and board chairman Enrico Villa is a veteran writer.
The new SGP board convened last Feb. 12 with 8 members in attendance: Enrico Villa, Isabel Sebullen, Tess Clarin, Vic Dabao, Hernan Robles, Manny Rodriguez, Andy Beltran and Lani Tolentino. On the pre-approved straight voting and secret balloting system, the board members all agreed to elect only three officers plus a board chairman to concentrate on the operations so that the remaining five board members will be free to handle the heavy lineup of projects.
Right after election, the new board discussed the first project called Story Festival. It aims to collect concepts and storylines from SGP members and the collection will eventually be offered to producers who are intending to join the Metro Manila Film Festival.
The SGP board will soon meet again to thresh out other matters and also to give attention to activities that will directly benefit the members.
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