Two of the three episodes that make up the first Sine Panitik trilogy—Gregorio C. Brilliantes” Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro (directed by Jose N. Carreon)and Fanny Garcia’s Sandaang Damit (directed by Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao)—wrapped up shooting in Daet, Camarines Norte during the last week of March.
The third episode, Rogelio Sikat’s Tata Selo (directed by William G. Mayo), will shoot in Laguna on April 22 to 24.
The shooting of Sandaang Damit was from March 26 to 28 while the shooting of Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro was held on March 29 to 31.
The principal cast for Dr. Lazaro included Bembol Roco as Dr. Lazaro, Jethro Ramirez as his son Ben, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino as his wife and Ping Medina as Esteban.
The cast for Sandaang Damit included Rcee Tenefrancia, Ela Bautista and Jazzyl Torreflores as the three classmates, together with Richard Quan and Ynez Veneracion.
The shooting in Daet was facilitated by an agreement between Daet Mayor Tito S. Sarion and Film Academy of the Philippines Director-General Leo G. Martinez.
The cast and crew of both episodes were billeted at Zenaida’s Palace and the Kalinangan Center of the Daet municipal government.
Last March 23, a production team led by Martinez and Director Vinarao motored to Daet and even attended the flag ceremony at the Daet municipal plaza the following day where they were presented to the public by Mayor Sarion.
Sine Panitk is the first in a series of films which will translate into film classic literary masterpieces written by Filipino writers, including short stories, plays, novels and even poetry and folk tales like legends.
The first trilogy will include three short stories which were adapted into screenplays in the first Sine Panitik Scriptwriting Contest last year. There were seven winning scripts but three will be filmed first. These are Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro as adapted by Jeffrey P. Yap, Sandaang Damit as adapted by Therese Anne Cayaba and Tata Selo as adapted by Julie L. Po.
During the actual shot, Mayor Sarion supported the FAP by providing lodging and transportation requirements in Daet for the cast and also took care of the rentals and shooting permits for the locations used in the shooting.
In return, Martinez vowed to help promote Daet as a tourist destination inasmuch as the place will be amply promoted in the two film episodes. “The town, its people and officials will be properly acknowledged in the film credits. The First Trilogy will be shown commercially and will have special bookings in the big schools, colleges and universities throughout the country.”
He added that the film will solicit a required viewing endorsement from DepEd because the stories are included in the curriculum of the grade school, high school and even college levels.
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