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FDCP recognizes international acclaim – big or small

GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

Awards — whether most deserved or self-solicited through sneaky means — do validate to some extent the fine achievements of mortals in any field of human endeavor.

To some, the quest is like a never-ending obsession as if their lives largely depended on it. They fall all over themselves to grab them in a ceremony where they can press hard the proof of their full-time labor to their bosom however ephemeral.


Caveat, who is given to the notion of postmodernism where things on earth get philosophically relative and to Jean Baudrillard’s simulacra and simulation of culture and media, has no issues for or against owning up to one or two awards whoever is the giver.

Some others though, in particular the snooty elitists, think awards to be most your while, say in the realm of international film festivals have to come from the A-listers of award-giving bodies the world over.

The very few ones as most of us know are patently from Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and even Oscars, the most illusive of them all as far as our local dreamers are concerned.

Lesser than this there is no reason to celebrate, says director Tony Aguilar, a Peta alum, former President of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines and a Jury Prize winner himself for his short film, “Ianfu (Comfort Woman),” bestowed on him from the prestigious San Francisco International Film Festival several decades ago.

(From left) FDCP Chairman and CEO Liza Diño, ‘The Hows Of Us’ producer Olivia Lamasan, actress Kathryn Bernardo and writer Carmi Raymundo CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

This he got vis-à-vis Star of the Festival award given him by his peers at said filmfest. Since then not one from the locals has followed in his footsteps.

In fact, his short film was shown recently in a retrospective at the UP Film Center to commemorate Philippine-Japanese War. This antedated the A-list awards bestowed much later on the likes of directors Joel Lamangan from Cairo, Lav Diaz from Venice, Brillante Mendoza and Raymond Red from Cannes, etc.

Caveat’s debate with Aguilar in the direction meandered into the recent Film Ambassadors Night (FAN) hosted by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairman Liza Diño held at Maybank Auditorium, BGC, Taguig City.

Noticeably there were one too many awards with an international ring to it for the taking that included even those grand winners perhaps from the desert of Sahara or the disappearing island of Vanuatu, so to speak.

But awards, whether big or small are awards, Caveat insisted to the skewing Aguilar, adding that it is an expression of having come and conquered the opposite ends of the world through one common language of the film, and an enabler for international diplomacy as well.

Aguilar, however, loosened up when Caveat quoted Liza rationalizing said event also as time for celebrating multi-ethnicity and diversity amid raging issues on neo-liberalism, homogenization, “otherness,” gender-associated hate crimes, terrorism and even viral scare.

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GUESS WHO? In the middle of a take, the gay and self-annointed “method” director with all his might punched the upcoming Talented Stage Actor (TSA) in the stomach for not delivering the “guts-out” authentic kind of emotion called for by said director.

TSA took the pain in stride and thought it was part of learning the ropes of acting. Not really. It was but a prelude to their now-blossoming romance not exactly kept away from some preying eyes.

Clue: TSA has an upcoming teleserye with him in the lead.

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