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Filipino flicks unfurl in Singapore

Bea Micaller

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Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap.

The Philippines and Singapore enjoy a rich history of friendship, bond and cultural ties.

And to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, along with the recognition of the Centennial Year of the Philippine cinema, the Embassy of Singapore in Manila successfully inaugurated the Philippine Film Festival.

The opening night of the Philippine Film Festival had featured “Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,” a romantic comedy-drama shot in 5he beautiful  sceneries I. Palawan.

“Philippine cinema has found a new calling as a global brand,” said Philippine ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap.

“Gone were the days when Philippine cinema was only for Filipino moviegoers. The world has become our stage and the international community has become our target audience,” the envoy added.

“We aspire to be part of the resurgence of a new breed of Asian cinema. Uniquely Filipino but with an international appeal.”

Other films featured during the Philippine Film Festival were Seven Sundays, Bakwit Boys and Siargao.

The roster of films for the Philippine Film Festival highlighted not just the artistry and talent of Filipino filmmakers but as well as the particular facets of life in the country.

The beautiful settings of the films Mr. and Mrs. Cruz and Siargao, which are Palawan and Surigao, respectively, put a spotlight on these tropical paradises as exciting tourism destinations.

Seven Sundays was about the highs and lows of a tightly knit family, which is common among Asian societies, including Singapore.

First Secretary and Consul Gonaranao Musor (leftmost) with Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap (center) and members of the UP Alumni Association in Singapore. Laura Kelly

Bakwit Boys showed the inherent musicality of Filipinos even in times of calamity and adversity.

The event was closely coordinated with the National University of Singapore — Office of Alumni Relations, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc./Star Cinema.

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