Six award-winning films were shown in a festival of Filipino films in Shanghai, China on April 21 to 27.
This was reported by Elvert C. Bañares of the Cinema Values Reorientation Program (CVRP) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, who attended the festival with Director Maryo J. delos Reyes and actor Mark Gil.
The six Filipino films included Magnifico of Violett Films (directed by delos Reyes), Minsan Pa by Angora Films (directed by Jeffrey Jeturian), Tanging Yaman (directed by Laurice Guillen) and Milan (directed by Rory Quintos) of Star Cinema, Crying Ladies of Unitel Films (directed by Mark Meily) and Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros of Cinemalaya (directed by Aureaus Solito).
Director Delos Reyes and actor Gil represented the film Magnifico which was the first film to be shown on April 21.
Bañares said he will submit a report on the festival upon their return to the country.
Meanwhile, two Central Luzon cultural organizations are seeking the assistance of the NCCA-CVRP to provide them prints or video tapes of quality Filipino films which can be shown to their constituents.
Hilaga, under the management of the Philipine Tourism Authority and based in San Fernando City, Pampanga, and Museo Valenzuela of Valenzuela City, Bulacan, are volunteering as partner agencies of NCCA-CVRP in promoting arts and culture.
Zenaida Quiñahan, Hilaga officer-in-charge, offered the site of the Paskuhan Village for the exhibition of classic Filipino films. She explained that the village was the site of the first International Garden Festival in Southeast Asia. It has also been designated as the venue of the WOW tourism project of the Department of Tourism.
Fr. Mardi Arenas, president of the Museo Valenzuela Foundation, on the other hand sought assistance from the NCCA-CVRP regarding its Sine sa Museo project which aims to educate the public on the value of cinema through film screenings of quality and classis Filipino films.
The foundation particularly asked assistance in borrowing and getting permission from producers to show their films, especially the old films which are very hard to track down. Fr. Arenas added they might need the help of a consultant to evaluate the list of films that they will line up for showing under their Sine sa Museo project.