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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 9, 2016

Allen Dizon Is The True Filmfest King With Many Of His Movies Shown In The Various Film Festival Held Throughout The Year

ALLEN DIZON is the true film festival king as he has an entry in almost all the local film festivals held throughout the year. In the World Premieres Filmfest, he has two entries: “EDSA” directed by Alvin Yapan and “Iadya Mo Kami” by Mel Chionglo. “Iadya Mo Kami” won him the best actor award at the Silk Road International Filmfest in Ireland. In last year’s Sinag-Maynila Filmfest, he won best actor for Lawrence Fajardo’s take on illegal immigrants in Japan, “Imbisibol”. Other filmfest entries that gained him acclaim are “Children’s Show”, “Lauriana” and “Magkakabaung”.

Now, he has an entry in the current Cinemalaya filmfest, “Lando and Bugoy”. “I play an illiterate father in Camiguin, where we shot the movie of Director Vic Acedillo on location,” he says. “Yung anak ko, played by Gold Azeron, ayaw nang mag-aral. So to encourage him, sabi ko, sabay kaming pumasok sa school. My character kasi, si Lando, was not able to go to school when he was young sa sobrang hirap ng buhay at nagtrabaho agad siya for his family. But he wants to show his children kung gaano kaimportante ang edukasyon kaya bumalik siya sa eskwela. It’s a very inspirational movie to encourage yung mga no read, no write na it’s never too late to get a good education."
Allen has also just finished a serious drama for BG Productions, “Area”, with Ai Ai de las Alas, about the lives cheap prostitutes in Pampanga. This is intended as an entry in the Metro-Manila Filmfest this December. Aside from this, he has also started shooting “Malinak Ya Labi (Silent Night)”, an entry in the Cinema One Digitals Filmfest directed by Abdel Langit and to be filmed totally in the Pangasinan dialect. This is going to be quite a challenge for Allen as he is Kapampangan. This is slated to be shown in November and he’s paired with Angeline Quinto.