MANILA, Philippines - Although the film “Mga Lihim ng Kalapati” was done almost three decades ago, internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza is still proud of his production design work for the Celso Ad. Castillo masterpiece.
Mendoza, who watched the movie at the Fully Booked U View at Bonifacio High in The Fort recently, was very ecstatic to watch it for the first time.
“Nakakaloka. Imagine, gano’n na katagal ‘yon. Ngayon ko lang napanood ‘yan. Magaling talaga si Celso. Maganda ang motivation niya sa akin as production designer. Kung saan-saan kami naghagilap ng mga kalapati para maging authentic ang mga eksena,” recalled Mendoza.
“Maipagmamalaki ko sa aking sarili na nakagawa ako ng ganyang production design. And to think that it was a bold drama movie,” he said.
The film, led and starred in by a newcomer named Isadora, is a foray into the psychological makeup of a young, rebellious daughter who hated the baby she bore out of wedlock.
Strangely, FLT Films, owned and operated by lady producer Rose Flaminiano, has no copy of the film, prompting screening organizer Jojo de Vera to look for a video version of the rare film.
“Kumuha lang kami ng permiso from the producer,” said de Vera, a young film buff who exhibits Filipino films, both classics and new, to orient the audience, young and old alike, about the jewels of Philippine cinema and their importance in our daily lives.
De Vera, who shuttles from the United States of America to the Philippines just to show significant Filipino film productions, said he also organizes screening of Filipino films abroad.
“I would like to bridge generations of film goers that’s why I see to it that we show films of various genres,” explained de Vera.
Aside from Mendoza, Castillo and Isadora also graced the occasion.
“It’s good that we still maintain copies of old films and I appreciate the initiatives of the organizers to show them to the public,” praised Castillo.