Jun 15
AROUND THE GUILDS AND ELSEWHERE by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Wed, Jun 15, 2005

Two of the country’s directors’ guilds held graduations for their acting and filmmaking workshop-seminars.

The Film Academy of the Philippines hosts a dinner meeting this afternoon (June 15) for a delegation of Chinese film officials and experts in celebration of the 30 th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.

A FAP delegation will participate in Balayan’s (Batangas) parada ng lechon on June 24.

The Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Office has extended an invitation to representatives of the Academy’s guilds for the first ever Gender Sensitivity workshop.

These about summed up past, ongoing and forthcoming activities in the FAP calendar of events.

Just last Monday, June 13, FAP Director General Leo G. Martinez graced the graduation of more than 30 young film enthusiasts of San Pablo in Laguna. The seminar-worshop they attended, which culminated in a stage presentation by the participants on the evils and victims of corruption, was conducted by the Kapisanan ng mga Direktor ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

KDPP President William Mayo said this initial seminar will soon be complemented by other seminars which will be conducted by the participants themselves under the auspices of San Pablo City Councilor Edgardo Adajar.

Director General Martinez encouraged the workshoppers to translate into video the stage play they presented during the graduation and advised them to participate in a video competition the FAP will soon undertake nationwide.

The seminar-workshop was held for four weekends with resource persons coming from the KDPP and the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc. These included Director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna who lectured the participants on film direction; Director Felix Dalay, film production; Director Jose N. Carreon, scriptwriting; Director Joel Lamangan, film direction and appreciation; Johnny Delgado, acting; and Director Mayo, introduction to film and film history. The workshop was free to all attendees, mostly students and amateur film enthusiasts aged 18 years and above.

The DGPI, meanwhile, held its own graduation for 28 participants, aged from 13 to 23, who undertook an eight-week basic acting seminar-workshop last June 5 at Cinema 7 of the Robinson’s Galleria.

The workshop was a joint project of the DGPI and Regal Entertainment Inc. of Mother Lily Monteverde held at the Regal offices on Valencia street.

During the graduation, short films starring the graduates were previewed to provide a showcase of their acting talents and capabilities in the presence of parents and friends. Mother Lily also attended the affair.

The DGPI member-directors who acted as trainors, lecturers or resource persons included Joel Lamangan, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, Jose Javier Reyes, Rudy Meyer, Mel Chionglo, Emmanuel Borlaza, Soxy Topacio, Khryss Adalia, Manny Castaneda, Tony Reyes, Jose Carreon, Mark Meily, Quark Henares, Joey Romero and Jeffrey Jeturian.

Mother Lily said she will be casting the workshop participants in forthcoming Regal Entertainment film projects but said she is amenable to lending the workshop graduates to other film producers.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts has arranged a meeting between a Chinese delegation of film experts with their FAP counterparts this afternoon June 15) at the Mowelfund Plaza on 66 Rosario Drive, Quezon City.

The meeting coincides with the 30 th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese embassy has confirmed that the delegation from China, headed by Mr. Yang Buting, the CEO of the China Film Group Corporation, is visiting the country from June 9 to 16.

In another development, a FAP delegation will be particpating in the traditional parada ng lechon in Balayan, Batangas on June 25 (Friday). FAP Director General Martinez, who hails from Balayan, will lead the delegation.

Cultural and civic groups are expected to participate in the unique parade where lechons are displayed around town in various poses ala-Elvis or Liberace. Several FAP members will cover the event with video cameras. The Academy plans to come up with a short documentary film under its pride campaign.

The Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Office extended congratulations to the Academy for the recent Luna awards. Mary Ruby Palma, executive director of the GDRCO, even lauded the academy’s choices for best actor and supporting actor (Dennis Trillo and Jay Manalo respectively) and cited Aishite Imasu as the most gender sensitive film. Ms. Palma informed the FAP that her office intends to take the initial step for gender mainstreaming in the film industry and invited two representatives from each guild to attend the first Gender Sensitivity workshop.

She said the module for the seminar will include key gender concepts/gender bias manifestations (lecture with video presentation) and national and local mandates for gender sensitivity in the movie industry.