* Repected film director Gil M. Portes, who passed away Wednesday at age 71, was first to signify interest in joining this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, submitting the title for the film
* His last two films were “Ang Hapis at Hinagpis ni Hermano Pule” and “Moonlight Over Baler” in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
*One of Portes’ most important works is “Mga Munting Tinig” in 2002, which won multiple awards and was the country’s entry to the annual Oscar Awards in the Foreign Language category that year.
*Portes, a native of Quezon province, was a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. He started a career in advertising prior to joining ABS-CBN as production assistant and MBS-4 as producer-director. He later on received a scholarship grant at the City University of New York, where he studied television and film production.
* Portes made his directorial debut in 1976 with the film “Tiket Mama! Tiket Ale! Sa Linggo ang Bola.”
* Among other acclaimed works were “Saranggola” in 1999 and “Gatas sa Dibdib ng Kaaway” in 2001, both of which were also submitted for Oscars consideration.
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