Leading educational organization Asia Society of the Philippines (ASP) continues with its vow to showcase critically-acclaimed independent films as way to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia, and the West.
Embracing the works of creative, young talents from the region, ASP initiated the Asia On Screen Film Festival, and on its third year showed winning movies by Filipino filmmakers in cinema circuits abroad.
ASP’s intention to respect and acquaint the differences and similarities of Asian countries has led the organization to host events – particularly in film and food – to familiarize Filipinos with neighboring countries and to possibly fortify the Asian cultural heritage.
Doris Magsaysay-Ho, ASP chair, proudly shared the primary goal of holding this project.
“With the rise of Asia, it has become more and more important for Filipinos to learn about our neighbors. The Asia On Screen Festival is one of the ways that Asia Society carries this mission as film portrays cultural and human experiences,” she said.
During the opening, Liza Diño, chair of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), stated with pride: “As of late, cinema has been on the rise. The recent victories of Director Lav Diaz and his film Ang Babaeng Humayo in taking home the coveted Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and the Best Actress win of Ms. Jaclyn Jose at the Cannes Film Festival only prove this notion.”
Undoubtedly, the country is showered with films that can touch the hearts of the crowd and snatch the limelight of various international fetes around the world.
The festival, held on September 15 to 18, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City, was one of many impressive avenues to promote and give more opportunities to the country’s booming film industry.
Aside from host Philippines, participating nations included Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Ma. Lisbet K. Esmael