The Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will stage Pinilakang Tabing, a gala presentation that will feature actors and actresses, producers and filmmakers to commemorate the 92nd year of Philippine films at the CCP Main Theater on June 22, 2011.
The intended beneficiary of the project is MOWELFUND.
MOWELFUND Executive Director Boots Anson Roa said the gala presentation will be written by Floy Quintos and directed by Chris Millado.
The birth of Philippine cinema is officially traced to the showing of Dalagang Bukid, a zarzuela by Hermogenes Ilagan, which was produced and directed by Jose Nepomuceno for his own Malayan Movies company. That film, which launched the career of legendary diva Atang de la Rama, was shown at the Empire Theater on Sept. 25, 1919.
President Fidel V. Ramos, on August 16, 1994, issued Proclamation No. 448 which declared the period Sept. 25, 1995 to Sept. 24, 1995 as the diamond (75th) anniversary of Philippine cinema.
Some of the pertinent portions of the proclamation are as follows:
Whereas, motion picture is a vital tool for the cultural and economic development of our country and people;
Whereas, Philippine cinema is the most popular entertainment medium that touches the life and psyche of every Filipino, being singularly responsible for the effective propagation and dissemination of the Pilipino language, as a graphic chronicler of history and a pervasive influence in the molding of our people’s mores, tradition and cultures, among others;
Whereas, Philippine cinema’s advent dates back to 1919 when the first full-length, 100% Filipino-capitalized and produced 35 mm film “Dalagang Bukid” was exhibited in the country;
Whereas, the celebration of this event is designed to inspire a renewed and concerted effort focused in harnessing the value and great potential of the motion picture medium in the rapid economic, social and cultural development of the country in line with the objectives of Philippines 2000;
Now, therefore, I, Fidel V. Ramos, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the period from 25 September 1994 to 24 September 1995 as the “DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY OF PHILIPPINE CINEMA”.
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