MANILA - The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) urged lawmakers Thursday to declare September as Philippine Movie Industry Month to commemorate the premiere of the first Filipino film 100 years ago.
FDCP chair Liza Dino also asked legislators to institutionalize the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino film festival as a celebration of the country’s movie industry month.
“We hope and we aspire that we can enjoin our legislators to hopefully declare September as Philippine Movie Industry Month and for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino to be institutionalized as the celebration of the Philippine Movie Industry Month,” she told reporters in Malacañang.
It was in September 12, 1919 when "Dalagang Bukid," directed by Jose Nepomuceno, premiered. It is considered the first Filipino-produced and -directed feature film.
On Thursday night, the FDCP pays tribute to the historic movie premiere with Sine Sandaan at the New Frontier Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City.
“Hinihimok po namin ang lahat na sana ay suportahan ang ika-100 taon ng pelikulang Pilipino dahil naniniwala ako na at some point in our lives, cinema is a very, very big part of us,” Dino said.
(I am urging everyone to support the 100th of Philippine cinema because I believe that at some point in our lives, cinema is a very, very big part of us.)
President Rodrigo Duterte last year declared Sept. 12, 2019 to Sept. 11, 2020 as the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema.