By: Reymundo Salao
Just Another Film Junkie
THE FDCP Cinematheque Iloilo held “SiPat: Sine at Panitikan”, April 25 as part of the Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas 2017.
The event began with a screening of the newly restored film classic “Noli Me Tangere” by legendary Filipino filmmaker Gerry De Leon. A lecture and Q & A with Film Archivist and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCC), Commissioner Teddy Co and G. RR Cagalingan of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
The event capped “Poetika” that highlighted Fiction Reading. The Fiction Reading opened with the works of Palanca Hall of Famer, Leoncio P. Deriada, and the zines of writers in the region.
This is actually the first time I watched De Leon’s “Noli Me Tangere” and it was a very lovely piece of art, with groundbreaking film techniques and remarkable acting that could match with today’s thespians. The lecture that followed was eye-opening as well. Mr. Cagalingan was talked about Philippine literature and how it may relate to such adaptive forms of art such as in film. Mr. Co on the other hand talked about similar topics from more of the film art point of view, and elaborated on the restoration of films as well.
The Poetika which featured Fiction Reading capped the evening in a lovely and vibrant manner, as it attracted readers, writers, and lovers of literary art. For an art event that was held on a Tuesday, it was such a success. We could hope to see more of events like this, and see you by then as well.
Cinema and Theater have always been artistic siblings, as close as twins could get. There will be a special theater event happening this April 29 at Bo’s Coffee Atria Park, as the University of San Agustin Little Theater restages their romantic comedy play “Cupcakes” This is the first time ever in the whole Philippines for a full-length play to take place at Bo’s Cafe. Check out the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows. Be part of history as this event starts here in the City of Love!