Replacements for the members of the Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee who resigned – Ricky Lee, Ed Lejano and Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala – have been named over the agency’s official Facebook Page. They are multi-awarded director and ToFarm Film Festival executive director Maryo J. delos Reyes, Quezon City Vice Mayor and QC Development Council In-Charge Joy Belmonte Alimurung, and actor-host-comedian and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Services Arnell Ignacio.
Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Tim Orbos announced the appointments in an official statement, indicating they are tasked to implement and oversee the proper conduct of the yearly festival.
Orbos further said that there are remaining slots in the ExeCom, have been kept open for other representatives from the independent cinema after holding a meeting them along with other MMDA officials.
“May this clear the air for constructive and productive work for the members of the ExeCom and assure the public that we are reaching out to all sectors and serving the best interest of our film industry,” Orbos concluded in the official statement.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City Vice Mayor released a statement explaining why she accepted the post: “This was a decision that took me a while to think about precisely because of the reported issues and controversies involved. However, I was a member of the selection committee last year, and am familiar with many of the debates surrounding the festival and the arguments presented by all sides.”
Belmonte is also chairman of the QC International Film Festival and as such is familiar with the sentiments of the varied audience bases as well as industry players involved.
“It is important that we do not alienate any of these interests but we must strive for conditions acceptable to all, without sacrificing our fundamental values of fairness and transparency,” she stressed.