MANILA, Philippines - A senator wants Filipino movie producers to do more "green" films, or movies that are more sensitive to the needs of Mother Earth.
Senator Loren Legarda made the statement as she presented the first Loren Legarda Environment Award for Film during the 59th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards night.
She said the award aims "to promote worthwhile advocacies such as the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of the environment."
The first recipient of the award is "Project Noel," an environmental advocacy film produced by Marcus Phoenix Media Productions and directed by Jon Steffan Ballesteros.
"I laud filmmakers who have exerted time and effort to create advocacy films, such as 'Project Noel,' because despite the fact that such movies do not get much of the limelight, they pushed through it to be able to contribute in raising public awareness on vital issues that we must focus on," Legarda said.
"We hope to encourage movie producers to create films that will send a powerful message about the urgent need to save Mother Earth," she added.