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MOVIEGOER: 185 PH films saved, more coming

JUST A THOUGHT: “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” - John Bunyan

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RE-INTRODUCING NORA AUNOR: Classic Filipino movies like “Banaue,” “Ikaw ay Akin,” “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos” have successfully bridged the gap between Nora Aunor, future National Artist, and today’s young audiences.

Thanks to efforts being made by the men and women behind ABS-CBN’s Film Restoration project, these films have re-introduced Nora to new audiences even as one particular film, “Banaue,” brings them to the Philippines at the dawn of history.

NORA AUNOR in 'Banaue'

NORA AUNOR in ‘Banaue’

Such efforts, happily, aren’t passing away unnoticed.

Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN’s Film Restoration proudly announced recently the network’s efforts to preserve outstanding local films. Dubbed “Sagip Pelikula,” it recently won an international Gold Quill during ceremonies held in Vancouver, Canada by the International Association of Business Communicators.

The campaign seeks to expose millennials, which consist half of the country’s population, to classic films. “Sagip Pelikula” has thus far restored a total of 185 Filipino films.

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RECORDED HISTORY: “Sagip Pelikula” offers tangible snapshots or records of different eras, whether it’s the theme, the setting, or the sensibility. What were once oral anecdotes from parents and grandparents now have something more visceral in terms of context,” Katigbak says.

“I think the greatest disservice we can do to future generations is not providing them the means to remember and appreciate the past.

IN 'TATLONG TAON WALANG DIYOS'

IN ‘TATLONG TAON WALANG DIYOS’

“We have a rich cinematic legacy that is at par with the other world greats and we owe it to those creators to preserve and honor their work, so that future generations can learn and be proud of them. ”

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MODERN PLATFORMS: Since its launch in 2016, the campaign has mounted theatrical screenings of the restored classics, sold the movies on iTunes and via DVD formats, and broadcast them on nontheatrical platforms such as Channel 2, Cinema One and Jeepney TV.

As the campaign gained momentum, the classic films also gained recognition abroad as they were invited to participate at various international film festivals, including the Udine Film Festival in Italy, Arsenal Institut Fur Filmin in Germany, Tokyo International Film Festival, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening in the USA.

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MORE CLASSICS SURFACING: More developments are opening up. Leo announced that very soon, a theater dedicated to film classics will open at Greenbelt mall in partnership with the Ayala Malls.

“Sagip Pelikula” will also soon release its official theme song celebrating the legacy of Filipino films. More film classics have been surfacing because of the campaign, says Leo. His team is currently doing new scans of several LVN classics like “Ibong Adarna,” “Biyaya ng Lupa,” “Malvarosa,” and “Anak Dalita.”

Restoration is also underway for the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines’ final two films: “Misteryo sa Tuwa” and “Soltero,” Perlas Films’ “Mga Bilanggong Birhen,” Ishmael Bernal’s “Tisoy,” “Bad Bananas sa Putting Tabing,” “Danny Zialcita’s “Tinimbang Ang Langit,” Carlitos Siguion Reyna’s “Saan Ka Man Naroroon” and many more.

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