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)—wrapped up last Thursday, April 24 in Laguna.
The film trilogy is now in post-production work with 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)—almost finished with its editing requirements.
The two earlier episodes were shot in Daet, Camarines Norte during the last week of March 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).
Meawnhile, 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 Panitik 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 includes three short stories which were adapted into screen-plays in the first Sine Panitik Scriptwriting Contest last year. There were seven winning scripts but three were filmed first.
Daet Mayor Sarion supported the FAP by providing lodging and transportation requirements in his town for the cast and also took care of the rentals and shooting permits for the locations used in the shooting.
This was the same support extended by Laguna Gov. Jeorge E. R. Ejercito for Tata Selo.
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