Shooting of 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)—begins on Tuesday, April 22. The shooting, which winds up on April 24, have locations in Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan and Lumban in Laguna.
The other 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 is supported and backed by Laguna Gov. E. R. Ejercito.
The cast of Tata Selo includes Leo Martinez in the lead role, Jerico Estregan, Rez Cortez, Menggie Cobarrubias and Mara Lopez. The production team is composed of Romy Opulencia and Dante Kabigting (production managers), Archi Adamos (casting coordinator),Rommel Mayo (assistant director) and Edward Mayo (cinematographer).
The two other episodes —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.
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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