The six scriptwriters who submitted the best adaptations for seven Filipino short story classics in the Sine Panitik contest received the final half of their cash prizes at the main lobby of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts building in Intramuros on Monday, December 3.
Winner Jeffrey Yap receives his check from FAP Director General Leo Martinez in the presence of NCCA Cinema Committee Chairman Dr. Miguel Rapatan and other FAP and Cinema Committee officers.
The NCCA released last Thursday, Nov. 22, the second tranche for their joint project with the Film Academy of the Philippines, in the amount of P268,000.
NCCA cinema committee chairman Dr. Miguel Rapatan and FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez distributed the checks to the six winners. The seven stories which were adapted into the winning screenplays were:
Magnificence by Estrella Alfon as adapted by Helen V. Lasquite
Faith, Love and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio Brillantes as adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap
Sandaang Damit ni Fanny Garcia as adapted by Therese Anne Cayaba
Bangkang Papel ni Genoveva Matute as adapted by Raynier C. Avecilla
The Virgin by Kerima Polotan as adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap
Utos ng Hari ni Jun Cruz Reyes as adapted by Antonio Pelon Jr.
Tata Selo ni Rogelio Sikat as adapted by Julie L. Po
The NCCA released an initial tranche of P138,000 to fund the scriptwriting contest which was conducted to choose seven scripts adapted from classic Filipino short stories in English and Pilipino.
The winners received half of their prizes last October 9. Authors of the seven short stories which have been adapted into winning screenplays each be granted a P35,000 royalty before their works are translated into film.
Winners in photo-ops with NCCA Cinema Committee Chairman Dr. Miguel Rapatan (seated third from left) and committee members. The winners include Jeffrey Yap, Raynier C. Avecilla, Julie Po, Antonio Pelon Jr. (first to fourth from left standing), Therese Anne Cayaba (seventh from left standing) and Helen Lasquite (leftmost, seated)
Sine Panitik—a joint project covered by a memorandum of agreement signed last July 5—will adapt into films the rich treasure trove of Filipino literary masterpieces.
The NCCA committed P460,000 in support for the scriptwriting portion of the project. A third tranche of P54,000 will be forthcoming after the liquidation of the second tranche amount.
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