The 7th Sineng Pambansa Filmfest of the Film Development Council of the Philippines was held in Ilocos Norte on October 25 to 27, hosted by the provincial government led by Gov. Imee R. Marcos.
The three-day filmfest was held in two venues—the Mariano Marcos State University training enter in Batac and the Robinson’s Movieworld Cinema 3 in San Nicolas.
The filmfest featured Filipino films in the supernatural or horror genre as it coincided with the weeklong celebration of the Semana ti Ar-Aria or Ghost Week being held in the province from October 25 to 31.
The Sineng Pambansa films shown at the state university and Robinson’s included the following classic and contemporary films: Ibulong Mo sa Hangin by Gerardo de Leon (1966); Itim by Mike de Leon (1976); Haplos by Butch Perez (1982); Kinatay by Brillante Mendoza (2008); Maligno by Celso Ad. Castillo (1977);
Villa Estrella by Rico Ilarde (2009); Shake, Rattle & Roll 1 by Ishmael Bernal, Peque Gallaga and Emmanuel Borlaza (1984); Pasiyam by Eric Matti (2004); White House by Toppel Lee (2010); Ded na si Lolo by Soxie Topacio (2009); Sigaw by Yam Laranas (2006); Yanggaw by Richard Somes (2008); Condo by Martin Cabrera (2008) and 100 by Chris Martinez (2008).
The Sine ng Masa films were shown in mobile screens in Badoc, Bacarra, Banna, Burgos, Currimao and Solsona. The films included Himala by Ishmael Bernal (1980); Ang Panday by Fernando Poe Jr. (1980); Ang Pagbabalik ng Panday by Fernando Poe Jr. (1981); Emir by Chito Rono (2010); Once Upon a Time by Peque Gallaga (1987) and Yamashita by Chito Rono (2001).
The FDCP is pursuing its policy of bringing Filipino films to selected urban centers as well as villages thoughout the country as a joint undertaking wit the local government units.
A major component of the Sineng Pambansa is the mobile Sine ng Masa which brings trucks which are equipped with multiple-screen LCD TV systems for showing films in community centers and places where there are no malls or cinema houses.
The first six Sineng Pambansa filmfests had been held in Iloilo, Zamboanga, Baguio, Pampanga (San Fernando), Lanao del Sur (Marawi), Tawi-Tawi (Bongao) and now in Ilocos Norte (Batac and San Nicolas).
On October 26, simultaneous with the film screenings, a workshop was conducted by Film Academy of the Philippine Director General Leo G. Martinez, a well-known multi-media artist, at the MMSU training center in Batac.
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