Tres, the Sine Panitik film trilogy produced by the Film Academy of the Philippines, will have English sub-titles through a P150,000 post-production grant from the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC).
The first tranche of P50,000 was given by QCFDC last Monday, September 8. The amount will finance the sub-titling of the three-episode film.
The remaining P100,000 of the grant is earmarked for the production of DCPs (digital cinema package) or the released copies to be exhibited in commercial cinemas and school auditoriums.
The first film trilogy of the Academy include Gregorio C. Brilliantes” Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro (directed by Jose N. Carreon), Rogelio Sikat’s Tata Selo (directed by William Mayo) and Fanny Garcia’s Sandaang Damit (directed by Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao).
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.
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.
Tres is the first in a series of Sine Panitik 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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