DAVAO CITY May 17 (PIA)- The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) office in Davao celebrated the centenary of Philippine cinema with a program held last Monday (May 15) at the Davao Cinematheque.
Local film actor Ferdinand Mesias and filmmaker Bagane Fiola shared some insights about the active Davao regional cinema while several short films from the Araw ng Davao Guerrilla Filmathon was shown during the evening program attended by the local filmmaking community and the members of the academe.
Kristine Cruz lead officer of FDCP Davao said the month-long local celebration of the country’s cinematic milestone will hold screenings of classical Filipino films produced from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Among the films include Jack and Jill (1954), Mr and Mrs. (1956), Let’s Go (1964), Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (1976), Sister Stella L (1984), Partida (1985), Sarah ang Munting Prinsesa (1995), Cedie (1996), Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo (1998).
Filipino film historians mark the year May 15, 1917 as the birth of Philippine cinema when the first Filipino movie production company was founded by Jose Nepomuceno. Two years later in 1919, it produced the first all-Filipino motion picture Dalagang Bukid. (PIA/RG Alama)