Film Academy of the Philippines Chairman Espiridion Laxa, Director-General Leo G. Martinez and Deputy Director-General Jesse Ejercito were elected for another three-year term in last Saturday’s FAP elections where heads of the 14 affiliated guilds voted.
The board of governors also elected Manny Morfe, president of the Production Designers’ Guild of the Philippines, as board treasurer and John Suarez, of the Movie Preducers and Distributors Association of the Philippines, as secretary.
Senior Adviser Eddie Romero, National Artist for Films, and Adviser Robert Arevalo were the election committee chairmen.
Those who voted during the July 30 board meeting included: Ms. Boots Anson-Roa, executive director of the Movie Workers’ Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund); Pagsanjan Mayor E.R. Ejercito, representing the Kapisanan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT); William Mayo, president of the Kapisanan ng mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP);
Manny Nuqui, president of the Philippine Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (PMPPA); John Suarez, representing the Movie Producers and Distributors Association of the Philippines (MPDAP); Pablo S. Gomez, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines;
Josefino Cenizal, president of the United Film Music Directors Association of the Philippines (UFIMDAP); Jess Navarro, president of the United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (UFEGPI); Manny Morfe, president of the Production Designers’ Guild of the Philippines (PDGP);
Rolly Ruta, president of the Sound Technicians’ Association for Motion Pictures (STAMP); Isagani Sioson, president of the Filipino Society of Cinematographers (FSC); Tony Ramos, president of the Assistant Directors and Production Managers Guild (ADPM);
Johnny Delgado, chairman of the Actors’ Workshop Foundation (AWF); and Ben Pinga, president of the Organization of Specialized Filmmakers (OSFILM).
Chairman Laxa, Director General Martinez and Deputy Director-General Ejercito were elected unopposed. Manny Morfe won the post of treasurer by getting seven votes against Tony Ramos (4) and ER Ejercito (3). John Suarez won as secretary with seven votes, beating Manny Nuqui (5) and William Mayo (2).
The Academy was esablished in 1981 by Executive Order No. 640-A. Its principal functions are: to give recognition and awards to film artists, technicians and workers for their outstanding performances and achievements; and to serve as the umbrella organization for all guilds in the Philippine motion picture industry with the responsibility to supervise and coordinate their activities.
Under the wings of the Academy are three vital institutions: the Mowelfund, the Mowelfund Film Institute; and the Cinema Values Reorientatiton Program (CVRP) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
The Academy also has the following additional functions:
• It helps manage and stage the annual Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines.
• It chooses the country’s entry to the foreign language film category of the Oscar Awards, as well as other film festivals abroad.
• It sends delegates to some foreign film festivals, such as the Asean and Asian Pacific film festivals.
• It collaborates with the government-run Film Development Council of the Philippines which operates the Cinema Evaluation Board and the International Film Festival Committee (IFFCOM).
In its 24 years of existence, the Academy has made a significant number of solid accomplishments, foremost of which is its unique success in instituting a strong unity of purpose among all the movie guilds and their constituents.