Actor-director-producer Ronnie Ricketts was appointed the new chairman of the Optical Media Board, the third actor in a row and second former Actors Guild president to be named to the position.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced this last Wednesday, October 21. Ricketts replaces Edu Manzano who resigned two months ago in preparation for running as senator in next year’s elections.
Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. was the first actor to be named to the Videogram Regulation Board (VRB). During his incumbency as VRB chairman, the office was renamed the Optical Media Board.
Interestingly, Ricketts also replaced Manzano as actors’ guild president several years ago. He served from 1997 to 1999. He was then succeeded by German Moreno (1999 to 2005), E. R. Ejercito (2005 to 2009) and the incumbent Philip Salvador.
Ricketts made his mark as an action star with martial arts credentials and also appeared in biopics of outstanding police officers like Maganto.
He eventually directed films he also starred in and was able to qualify in the Metropolitan Manila Film Festival for at least two years. He is married to fellow actress Mariz with whom he has two daughters.
The Film Academy of the Philippines, through Director-General Leo G. Martinez, among others has endorsed Mr.Ricketts to the OMB position.
In a letter addressed to Usec. Enrique Perez of the search committee of the Office of the President, dated October 6, 2009, Martinez wrote:
“I also worked together with Mr. Ricketts during his term as president of the Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon. In my position as chairman of the board, I was witness to Mr. Ricketts’ effective management of the guild and the projects benefiting its members. Under his stewardship, he was able to bring about improvements in the guild’s operation and exercised judicial care in his relationship with officers, members and other personalities involved in the film industry.”
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