The FAP Board of Governors, in a meeting last March 30, ratified the decision of a three-man-committee tasked to choose the name for the FAP statuette trophy. The FAP statuette will henceforth be named Luna.
The committee, composed of Director Jose Carreon, Pablo S. Gomez, the new president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines , and Manny Morfe, president of the Production Designers’ Guild of the Philippines picked out Luna from among 221 names submitted to the contest. There were actually 319 entries as some of the names were submitted by more than one participant.
The list was trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists and each semi-finalist was required to send thru the website their rationale or justification for the submitted names. Twenty-two entries send back their rationales.
Hereunder are the final choices of the Name the FAP Statuette Contest Committee (with the corresponding justifications sent thru our website):
First prize (P5,000) LUNA – Baltazar P. dela Cruz
I chose the name Luna because it means beauty, elegance and supremacy. A names that will surely fit to the anonymous trophy that will be given to the most talented and superb people in the Philippine movie industry.
Second prize (P3,000) TALA – Valerie Ann Bacay
I chose the name Tala for the statuette because to be awarded by the FAP means that he/she outshines the best. It symbolizes infinite greatness and just like a star aka Tala, you look up to it in the midst of darkness while it radiates its own energy to stand out, just the same with exemplary talent/performance which the FAP recognizes.
Third prize (P2,000) MARIA CLARA – Bing Manalo
I choose Maria Clara because first and foremost, the FAP statuette is a female, and what better name symbolizes the Filipina but Maria Clara who went down in history as famous as those who have won and will be winning in the FAP. Maria Clara will also revive the very first award giving body prior to FAMAS and at the same time, once it becomes FAP’s name, it will become a byword specially to the youth, making them aware of our true genuine Filipino values and traditions It is very Filipino. Ating-atin ito.
There are 10 consolation prizes of Php 1,000 each and they are as follows (with the corresponding justifications sent thru our website):
Luna personifies the moon which is a standout in the night skies with its radiant beauty that is worth the admiration of the entire planet earth. (Submitted by Romeo Cando)
Sinisimbolo ng TALA (statuette) ang lahat ng mga manggagawa sa likod at harap ng pinilakang tabing. Dahil tulad ng mga nagniningning na tala sa kalawakan tuwing gabi, sila—mula sa director, artista, scriptwriter, grip o kahit simpleng stand-in—ay tinitingala at nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa bawat Pilipinong sumusuporta sa pelikulang Pilipino. (Submitted by Denver Harrison T. Dangatan)
Mga pilapil ng kalangitan, kumikinang, minamasdan, nagniningning. Tulad ng mga alagad ng sining na animo’y mga tala sa pinilakang tabing. (Submitted by JR Victorio)
Pinili ko ang Maria Clara sapagkat ito ay sagisag ng katutubong Pilipino, kagandahan, kahinhinan, walang dungis, kalinisan, at katapatan. Ang statuette award ay kamukha ng OSCAR, ngunit isang babae na nakasuot ng damit ni Maria Clara na may panuelo, nakapusod, baro at saya or Pilipina terno. (Submitted by Romualdo Arrieta)
Simbolo ng isang uliran at huwarang babae ng ating makaluma at makabagong panahon. Tulad ng ating ina siyang ehemplo na dapat tularan at iukit ang kanyang pangalan sa isang bagay at maging sa isipan ng ating mga kabataan. (Submitted by Cecilio L. del Castillo)
Maria Clara should be chosen because this is already a well known name that signifies a true Filipina’s qualities, such as mahinhin, magalang, maganda at kapikapitagan. (Submitted by Gerardo I. delos Santos )
Maria Clara depicts the beauty, purity, modesty, intelligence and respectability of the Filipino that should be shown to the world. (Submitted by Teresita Clarin)
The name Estrella which is synonymous to the word star is a well-loved and recognized name of a Filipina that most appropriately belongs to the realm of the film industry as it symbolizes the aspirations of a movie worker to excel, or in other words, to be a star in his own right and to be the star which he or she deserves to be—thus the idiom “reach for the stars”. An easy-to-remember name such as ESTRELLA would be easily identified with the statuette because, literally, as the name suggests, it refers to an object (of art) which manifests itself in nothing less than shining and sparkling fashion, and figuratively, it pertains to a heavenly apparition which, like a movie star who has achieved greatness, is always something to look up to. (Submitted by M. Paulino L. Umali)
Nararapat lamang na tawaging LIKHA ang statuette na iginagawad ng FAP sa kadahilanang ito ay simbolismo ng natatanging likha (pelikula) bunga ng paglikha ng mga taong nasa likod nito. Ang lahat ng likha ay nagsimula sa magandang ideya o pangitain na pinag-uukulan ng panahon at pagod ng mga taong bumuo nito upang maging isang natatanging likha, ganun din ang mga natatanging pelikulang Pilipino. (Submitted by Jason Kelly D. Enriquez)
Maharlika refers to the pre-Hispanic Philippine nobility, the class from which the best and most eminent is selected to lead a village, to become a datu. Accordingly, the word Maharlika (today) not only evokes and celebrates excellence, nobility, honor, courage, credibility, and single-mindedness in achieving any endeavor, it also represents the pool of individuals who embody such traits, making them the notables and leaders of their own respective arts and crafts; people worthy of emulation, admiration and much deserved respect. (Submitted by May Francelline D. Jimenez)
In its report forwarded to the board of governors, the committee emphasized that its decision to choose LUNA was primarily influenced by the following considerations:
The committee was looking for a two-syllable word that will be easily recalled and retained in the mind.
For the obvious reason that the FAP statuette is a woman, the committee settled for a feminine name that also implies a neuter or unisex connotation.
The committee found Luna appropriate because it means the moon or a personification of the moon goddess. Shooting for the moon is a popular idiomatic expression meaning aspiring for the seemingly unreachable, the unattainable. Winning the LUNA award will indeed be an exemplary endeavor that will be difficult to achieve.
Most importantly, the committee justified its choice of LUNA because it is an indirect and subtle way to honor and pay homage to one of the country’s eminent visual artists, Juan Luna. The committee emphasized that cinema is the latest visual art to surface in the twentieth century. In researching the background of the FAP statuette, the committee discovered that it was inspired by a painting or sketch of Juan Luna, which appeared in a coffee-table book of Luna’s artworks. The painting, titled Mother Spain Leaving the Philippines, was the model that inspired production designer Angel ‘Ulay’ Tantoco when he was tasked to make the design for the statuette for the first FAP awards way back in 1981.