Legazpi City: Newly-appointed head of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Liza Diño, has affirmed her commitment to help the growth of regional cinema during a press briefing in Bicol’s capital over the weekend.
“As an actress myself, I have a personal stake in the development of regional cinema to show the plurality of Philippine culture via the film medium,” she stated as she presided over the “Call for Project Proposals for 2017 of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts” in the city.
Diño said that as head of the FDCP, she will try to promote cultural exchange among film workers in the region as well as in the ASEAN region.
Present at the press briefing with the FDCP head were members of the NCCA Committee on Cinema namely, Teddy Co and newly reelected Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino chair, Tito Valiente; and Committee on Dramatic Arts head, Jasmin Llana.
Diño, who is a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte was appointed as FDCP chairperson in early August, at the same time her spouse Aiza Seguerra was named chairman of the National Youth Commission.
Diño is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at NCCA’s “Taragbuan: Cinema Rehiyon 8 from October 2 to 5 in Naga City.”
“Taragbuan,” the Bicolano word for “convergence,” will gather filmmakers from outside Metro Manila to showcase their works and hold exchanges with fellow directors.
Now on its eighth year, the festival’s highlight, according to the FDCP, will be the screening of Genghis Khan (1950) by the late National Artist for Film, Manuel Conde, a native of Camarines Norte.
In addition to spotlighting regional films, organizers announced that Taragbuan will also take a look at regional culinary culture and literature during the four-day event. Chefs from the various participating regions have already agreed to perform cooking demos and give out lecture. Poetry readings and book launchings of Bicolano literary works are also lined up for the festival, which has the backing of the NCCA, in partnership with the FDCP, the University of the Philippines Los Banos, Ateneo de Naga University, and the city government of Naga.
Taragbuan’s closing film will feature Nora Aunor’s Cinemalaya entry Tuos.