The Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) has acted positively to an invitation extended by Director General Leo G. Martinez and returned to the Film Academy of the Philippines, effective June 30, 2015 during the board of governor’s meeting.
DGPI President Joel Lamangan attended the BOG meeting after a delegation of DGPI officers convened with Director General Martinez at the FAP office in Mowelfund Plaza two days earlier on Sunday, June 28, to pave the way for the guild’s return to the Academy.
The DGPI withdrew from the Academy on January 22, 2001. The then DGPI president was Jose Javier Reyes and the board chairman was Maryo J. de los Reyes. The late Directress Marilou Diaz-Abaya, the first DGPI president when it was organized in 1994, was still a member of the board of directors then.
In an official letter dated June 10, 2015, Martinez invited the guild to be part once more of the Academy, reiterating a similar invitation to the DGPI in 2009 when Tony Reyes was the president.
Addressed to Director Lamangan, the FAP letter read:
“We appreciate the effort of DGPI and its veteran members to extend its membership to young and newly established directors of both mainstream and independent films, a move that is congruent to FAP’s thrusts for a more dynamic film industry. Working together would certainly be educational for all of us and afford us as well a unified approach towards our own development objectives.
This invitation is supported by the FAP Board of Governors who approved the invitation during its regular meeting held last March 24, 2015.”
Since its organization 21 years ago, the DGPI had been headed by seven presidents, namely, Ms. Marilou Diaz-Abaya (1994-1996); Peque Gallaga (1997); Mel Chionglo (1998); Jose Javier Reyes (1999-2001); Carlitos Siguion-Reyna (2002-2004); Tony Reyes (2005-2013); and Joel Lamangan (2014 to present).
Others who make up the present board are:
Emmanuel Borlaza, chairman of the board; Mike Sandejas, vice-president;
Mac Alejandre, treasurer; Rica Arevalo, secretary; and Board Members Cesar Apolinario, Ruel Bayani (chairman of membership committee), Joyce Bernal,
Ellen Ramos, Paolo Villaluna and Soxie Topacio.
The policy to recruit young directors actually began in 2010 during the term of Tony Reyes.
Those inducted in 2010 included Adolph Alix, Jay Altarejos, Cesar Apolinario,
Rica Arevalo, Ruel Bayani, Ronaldo Bertubin, Wenn V. Deramas, Dante Nico Garcia, Jun Lana, Chris Martinez, Ellen Ramos, Mike Sandejas, Joven Tan
Neal ‘Buboy’ Tan, Veronica Velasco and Paolo Villaluna.
Veteran Director Tikoy Aguiluz finally received the DGPI invitation to be a member with Jerrold Tarrog and Paul Soriano during the DGPI Christmas party and elections on Nov. 3, 2013.
The newest batch of DGPI members who were inducted last April 12, 2015
Included Mae Cruz-Alviar, Sari Lluch Dalena, Louie Ignacio, Tara Illenberger,
Clodualdo ‘Doy’ del Mundo Jr., Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Palo, Andoy Ranay, Armand Reyes, Eduardo ‘Roy’ Jr. and Alvin Yapan.
The veteran director members of the DGPI include Jose ‘Kaka’ Balagtas,
Jose Carreon, Manny Castañeda, Uro de la Cruz, Nick Deocampo, Lav Diaz, Lauren Dyogi, Eddie Garcia, Frank Gray Jr., Quark Henares, Rico Ilarde;
Jeffrey Jeturian, Jess Lapid Jr., Jon-Dy Lazatin, Toppel Lee, Johnny Manahan, Baldo Marro, Erik Matti, Mark Meily, Wilfredo Milan, Toto Natividad, Ellen
Ongkeko, Ricardo ‘Bebong Osorio, Ipe Pelino, Gil Portes, Jun Posadas;
Eric Quizon, Lore Reyes, Mark Reyes, Ronnie Ricketts, Joey Romero, Augusto Salvador, Rowell Santiago, Jerry Sineneng, Romy Suzara, Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao and Ben Yalung.
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