A groundbreaking film with an all-nurse cast aimed at celebrating 100 years of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) was launched October 9 at a dinner marking the centennial held at the PNA courtyard on Benitez Street, Ermita, Manila.

Dr. Carl Balita said his own movie production company is bankrolling the film in cooperation with the PNA, of which he remains an active member.

"My life and career have been devoted to nursing. My dream is to elevate our profession to a higher level of appreciation through this film," he said.

Lemuel Lorca ("Ned's Project," "Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino," "Water Lemon," "Maestra") has been tapped to direct "Siglo ng Kalinga." Lorca described the film as a fusion between past and present, juxtaposing the experiences and lessons gleaned from the life of Anastacia Giron Tupas, who founded the Filipino Nurses Association (FNA) in 1922. The FNA was to become the PNA years later.

Archie del Mundo writes the script.

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Balita announced a casting call in search for real-life nurses to play lead and supporting roles in the film.

They can be anywhere from 20 to 60 years old, are registered nurses, and who are willing to undergo a 5-day acting workshop.

Other activities lined up in connection with "Siglo" are theme song writing contest on the passion and heroism of Filipino nurses worldwide, and a poster-making contest.

Veteran nurses Mila Delia Llanes (centennial celebration overall chair) and Remedios Fernandez (historical committee chair) of the PNA expressed their full support to the fillm. They expressed hope that the varied stories told in the film could inspire more Filipinos to go into nursing as well as light the fire furthermore among our nurses to serve humanity.

Dr. Balita hopes to premiere "Siglo ng Kalinga" in April 2023 in cinemas.

Dr. Carl Balita to produce ‘Siglo ng Kalinga.’
Dr. Carl Balita to produce ‘Siglo ng Kalinga.’

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Model-turned-film producer-turned pageant enthusiast Marc Cubales is making sure that Cosmo Manila King and Queen Search which he is producing will be a big one.

Director Lemuel Lorca described the film as a fusion between past and present, juxtaposing the experiences and lessons gleaned from the life of Anastacia Giron Tupas, who founded the Filipino Nurses Association in 1922.
Director Lemuel Lorca described the film as a fusion between past and present, juxtaposing the experiences and lessons gleaned from the life of Anastacia Giron Tupas, who founded the Filipino Nurses Association in 1922.

Vying for the prestigious crown are 17 male and 15 female models aiming to be named as Cosmo Manila King and Queen to be held at the SM North EDSA Skydome on November 5 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by John Nite.

A cash prize of P200,000 goes to the grand prize winner of the pageant plus other exciting prizes. But not only that, the winners and four other models have been invited to participate in Bangkok Fashion Week right after the grand finals in November.

Marc said his group used to produce shows for fashion weeks held in Europe. They can put up a show in eight cities and five countries in a week. So he plans to produce a fashion week to be held in an Asian country.

He said his entry into the pageant was not planned. Marc he used to just agree to act as sponsor or be one of the judges whenever he is approached by pageant organizers.

"I am pushing through with Cosmo Manila King and Queen search because so far the outcome has been good. We want to level up this contest."

Marc and his partner who is a designer sends models to participate in fashion shows abroad. He said he wants the models who joined the Cosmo Manila King and Queen search to have a career in fashion after the pageant.

"When I saw the models after my trip from abroad, I saw all they have leveled up. We have been given a slot in the fashion week in Thailand to be held from November 28 to December 1. But I didn't expect this event will turn out to be a big one. For the last two months, I have been traveling to Korea, London, India, Thailand and Singapore.

Marc, who also produced the movie "Finding Daddy Blake" (directed by Jay Altarejos), is still unsure if he is going to make the Cosmo King and Queen search an annual event.

"I have yet to talk to my production team regarding that since producing a pageant is very much different compared to making a movie. But we are enjoying ourselves," said Marc who added that some of the models who joined the Cosmo Manila King and Queen search have the potential to make it abroad.