The third episode of the Sine Panitik film project of the Film Academy of the Philippines—Rogelio Sikat’s Tata Selo (directed by William Mayo)—has scheduled its shooting after Holy Week, from April 22 to 24, in three places in Laguna, namely, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan and Lumban.
Whereas the first two episodes were shot in Daet, Camarines Norte through an agreement between Mayor Tito S. Sarion and FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez, the Tata Selo episode will have the support and backing of Laguna Gov. E. R. Ejercito.
Director Mayo motored to Laguna with his production team last Monday, April 7, to confer with Gov. Ejercito in the provincial capitol. The production team included Romy Opulencia and Dante Kabigting (production managers), Archi Adamos (casting coordinator),Rommel Mayo (assistant director) and Edward Mayo (cinematographer).
The group also started hunting for their locations and had pinpointed these in the three places in the province.
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 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 cast and crew of both episodes were billeted at Zenaida’s Palace and the Kalinangan Center of the Daet municipal government.
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.
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