Legarda Supports National Film Archives

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Legarda Supports National Film Archives


MANILA, Philippines -- In connection with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage last Oct. 27, Senator Loren Legarda hailed the creation of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), stressing that Filipino-produced films and other audiovisual recordings form part of the country's rich heritage.

Senator Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that Filipino films not only show a glimpse of the country's history and culture but they also showcase the rich talent of Filipinos like Atang dela Rama, Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, and Ishmael Bernal, who are among the Philippines' National Artists for Theater and Cinema.

"Film is a huge part of our cultural and national heritage. Many of these works of art depict the Filipinos' way of life. It is also a medium of communication which our talented directors, screen writers, actors, and film-related professionals use to narrate parts of our history," she explained.

"It is therefore lamentable that many of these Filipino films are no longer extant, which is why we welcome the effort of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to push for the establishment of the NFAP," she added.

The senator noted that according to the archiving officer of the NFAP, of the estimated 8,000 Filipino films produced since 1919, only about 3,000 are extant, some of which are even in poor condition.

Incidentally, Senator Loren was the special guest at the recent SM Megamall-held "A Pink Day Celebration," the annual breast cancer awareness event conducted annually by Woman Today, the magazine for empowered women.

Highlight of the event was the awarding of the Bessie B. Legarda (BBL) Memorial Foundation Award and Woman Today's Pink Ribbon of Hope award. The BBL awardee for 2011 was Cebu's very own Mary Anne Alcordo Solomon, a member of the breast cancer support group "I Can Serve," who is very active in breast cancer awareness-related activities in her native Cebu. …

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