Monday, May 29, 2017

Bohol readies for movie
hub dream in the region

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 23 (PIA)—When it rains, it pours.

Good things start to fall into place for Bohol as officials attempt to splice the local creative industries to the country’s mainstream theatre and film.

This week, a group of theatre acting experts from the Cultural Center of the Phlippines’ (CCP) Tanghalang Pilipino, led by theatre director Fernando Josef and actors Monique Nellas and Marco Viana arrived here to conduct an acting workshop.

The workshop, now on-going at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School for members of Bohol theatre ensembles started May 22-26, according to Kasing Sining Creative Director and Bohol cultural icon Lutgardo Labad.

Kasing sining, an aggrupation of local theatre artists and theatre groups has consistently spearheaded innovations in arts and culture as well as cultural education and capability building for local theatre groups.

Theater workers here see the coming of Tanghalang Pilipino, premier theatre company as a huge step in Bohol’s bid to finally establish the first steps in its effort to present Bohol as a filming capital in the region.

This year, with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Bohol established the Bohol Film Commission.

The Bohol Film Commission is now mandated to draft the development of local films, prepare to patch Bohol into the mainstreams of the country’s film making industry and present the province as an alternative film location.

In the past, Bohol has provided locations for films like Lagablab sa Maribojoc, Muro-Ami, Panaghoy sa Suba as wll as international films like Tiger Shark, Dark Tide and Moby Dick (portions of which have been clips from Pamilacan).

Boholano dads insist that bringing local and international film companies to shoot in Bohol allows the tourism province free tourism promotions. 

This week, the acting training lays the foundation for the provision of a pool of support actors.

The local film commission also lobbies for the use of local resources, including artists in shootings here, in exchange of tax perks.

This should help lay the foundation for a budding film industry, local stage artists commented of the development. 

This same week, a local film maker has been calling for auditions to certain roles in a japanese era film to be shot here anytime. 

In similar development, FDCP through Liza Diño Seguerra hinted a plan to set up a local cinemaPhilippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of the as a venue for the promotion of local and international films. 

The cinema, is part of the FCDP mission to "bring Filipino films to Filipinos," Diño who came to officiate the establishment of the local film commission said.

The Cinematheque was designed, and is destined to be, an alternative and accessible venue for classic and contemporary Filipino films, both mainstream and independent, Dino explained.

It can also be a local venue for state-of-the-art foreign films sourced through the FDCP's Film Cultural Exchange Program with other countries. 

The FDCP Cinematheque would also provide venue for workshops and symposiums on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and all other aspects of filmmaking, according to Diño.

The Cinematheque would be a fully funded government project that would include a theatre, conference rooms, admin and technical offices and film library with complimentary staff. 

As Bohol counterpart, the government would only need a strategically located lot to build the film center.

With the development, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto said he knows exactly of a place where this should rise. 

He did not elaborate however.

The provincial government is expected to make the arrangements to the FDCP for the realization of the project. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
Governor Edgar Chatto met the FDCP executive director Liza Diño-Seguerra and the men of the FDCP in another bid to elevate Bohol's potential as film capital in the region. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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