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‘Bamboo Flowers’ preem prelude to FDCP festival

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Filipino-American actress Max Collins in Maryo J. de los Reyes’ “Bamboo Flowers”

Filipino-American actress Max Collins learned what it was really like to be a provinciana in her new indie movie, Maryo J. de los Reyes’ “Bamboo Flowers.”

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The artist as bold actress

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BANGS Garcia and Allen Dizon play a couple in the Sineng Pambansa entry.

Actress Bangs Garcia turned down the role of Lauriana twice because it required “extremely daring” scenes. But she said the Mel Chionglo period movie could empower women, so she finally said yes.

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Best regional films show unity in diversity

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Quite fittingly, a film set in northern Luzon, Martin Masadao’s “Anac ti Pating,” won the top prize in a national tilt held in Mindanao.

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Listen to disparate, desperate voices of the Filipino via indies

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SCENE from  “Malan,” which showcases the B’laan culture of South Cotabato.

Indie films capture the disparate, sometimes desperate, voices of the nation. This was very much evident in the full-length feature films screened at the second edition of the Sineng Pambansa in Davao.

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1st Sineng Pambansa film festival opens Friday in Davao

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Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. are the special guests at the 2012 Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival which opens tonight in Davao City. The five-day festival is the flagship program of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). It will run until July 3. A [...]

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Filmmakers from regions come out for 1st Sineng Pambansa competition

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A total of 23 films will compete in the 1st Sineng Pambansa National Film Competition, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), which hosts the contest, has announced.

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FDCP film archives now fully operational

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BRICCIO Santos. Photo by BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

MARAWI CITY—Apart from Sineng Pambansa, another pet project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), now fully operational in the council’s old Ortigas office. The entire Sampaguita Pictures collection was recently turned over to the NFAP, according Briccio Santos, FDCP chair. “Roughly 200 titles [...]

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Maranao filmmakers have many stories to tell about Mindanao

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DIRECTOR Emman de la Cruz helps Venice Film Festival consultant Paolo Bertolin into a malong at the party after the awards. BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

For the first time, Sineng Pambansa included a short film competition in its program. It was propitious that the inaugural tilt (with the theme “Peace Is…”) was held in this Lanao del Sur city, home of Mindanao State University (MSU), last week.

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Sineng Pambansa goes to Mindanao

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While previous festivals were held in malls, the Sineng Pambansa edition in Lanao del Sur is going straight to the students of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City. The Lanao del Sur Film Festival, which opens today (Wednesday) and runs till July 1, is set in two venues on campus: the Mamitua Saber [...]

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Brillante does MMK

During the Sineng Pambansa in Pampanga, Cannes-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza announced that he will direct an episode of the ABS-CBN drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”

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Next attraction: Cinema all over

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AS THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) gears up for the fourth leg of the Sineng Pambansa festival in San Fernando, Pampanga, other important projects are in the offing, too. The National Film Archives is set to open soon, according to Briccio Santos: “Filmmaker Mike de Leon donated restoration (digitizing and spooling) equipment [...]

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