7th Cinema Rehiyon concludes today in Cebu

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The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) seventh “Cinema Rehiyon,” an independent film festival featuring movies produced outside Metro Manila, concludes today in Cebu City with cultural performances, film screening with forum, and closing ceremonies.

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In the morning, a Day of Heritage will simultaneously be held at various venues around the capital including Museo sa Sugbo, Jesuit Museum, San Diego Museum, Fort San Pedro, Cathedral Museum and Sto. Nino Basilica.

The performers include students from the University of San Carlos who will do a Fashion Flash mob, and the Lapunti Arnis de Abanico featuring its grandmaster, Filemon Caburnay, among others.

Come the afternoon, the much-awaited showing of Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment by award-winning director Kidlat Tahimik takes place at the SM City Cebu Cinema. The film is said to be Tahimik’s tribute to the pre-Hispanic Cebuano.

This will be followed by a forum moderated by Teddy Co, the vice co-chairman of the National Committee on Cinema (NCC) of the NCCA, which established Cinema Rehiyon in 2009.

A total of 17 full-length features and 57 shorts were shown at Oriente Theater, which is considered the oldest cinema in the country having first opened in the 1890s.

The closing ceremony follows after at the same venue in which NCC organizers will announce the film festival’s host for 2016.

Cinema Rehiyon 7 opened on Thursday with back-to-back screenings of two Cebuano films in honor of the host city. The first was Soap Opera by director Remton Siega Zuasola, which was the only Cebuano entry at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival in 2014. The second was the semi-restored, 1970 Cebuano classic Badlis sa Kinabuhi starring veteran actress Gloria Sevilla and the late actor Mat Ranillo Jr.

Sevilla graced the opening night alongside fellow Cebuana actress Pilar Pilapil. Both were given recognitions by NCC for their contribution to the regional film industry of the country. They were joined by fellow Cebuano actors Suzette Ranillo, Julian Daan, and Undo Juizan.

Participating directors, producers and actors from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, who flew to Cebu, were also welcomed at the opening ceremonies.

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