P-Noy lauds FDCP, Lobregat for holding of filmfest here PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 February 2012 13:35

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has commended Mayor Celso Lobregat and the city government for supporting the showcase of cinematic talent for the second straight year in this city.

The President also congratulated the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) “as you hold the ninth leg of Sineng Pambansa in Zamboanga City.”

The President noted that the integration of the film festival as a highlight of the Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga celebration speaks of Lobregat’s commitment to supporting the arts and preserving our rich and dynamic heritage.

Zamboanga City will be the center of attraction of the movie industry starting Saturday until today, February 27, as it hosts Sineng Pambansa: 2012
Zamboanga International Film Festival, adding color and significance to the 75th Dia de Zamboanga (75th Charter Day) celebration.

The free screening of local and international independent films runs from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Mindpro Cinemas 1 and 3.

In his message, President Aquino said the inclusion of international film screenings, the Sine ng Masa mobile cinema, and the short film competition for students provide a venue for creativity and foster an appreciation for world-class movies, particularly those produced by the Filipino film industry.

The first Zamboanga short film competition for Zamboangueño film makers is an added feature in this year’s film festival.

The announcement of winners will be today during the closing program of Sineng Pambansa at the Lantaka Hotel by the Sea.

“As we commit to the process of rebuilding our institutions and setting in place a culture of transparency, accountability, and integrity, we must also engage in the task of national cultural renewal. Time and again, cinema has proven its capacity to galvanize peoples into nation, enhancing awareness and sensitivity on both timeless human ideals and timely social concerns,” President Aquino said.

“Let us continue to harness the power of film to unite our country and craft our shared version of a better Philippines,” the President added.

Lobregat said the key purpose in holding the Sineng Pambansa is to showcase and promote both local and international films and eventually nurture and inspire region-based filmmakers to contribute their talent and ingenuity to the industry.

Meanwhile, FDCP Chairman Briccio Santos said the Sine ng Masa mobile cinema will go around to Zamboanga City’s remote barangays to bring the cinema to those who cannot come to the theater.

Santos said the mobile cinema will screen films on LCD screens mounted on truck in several barangays in this city during the three-day film festival.

“Through this ambulant venue, we would be able to reach a wider audience who, we hope, will learn to appreciate Filipino films that reflect on diverse Filipino cultural experiences as seen through the artistic word of the filmmakers,” Santos said.