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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.

Sep 14, 2013

It's Sad That Viewers Did Not Support The Good Films Being Shown At Sineng Pambansa Filmfest

WE FELT SAD that the All Masters Edition Sineng Pambansa film entries were not supported by the moviegoing public. The topgrosser is Joel Lamangan’s “Lihis”, but it earned only P300,000 plus on opening day. We were at SM North Edsa and the general public is not fully aware of the festival. We heard a lot of them asking: “Bakit puro Tagalog ang palabas?”

Three entries didn’t make it on opening day: Chito Rono’s “Badil”, Romy Suzara’s “Tinik” and Tikoy Aguiluz’ “Eman”, which were hardly promoted at all. We heard Joey Reyes’ “Nakalimutang -Pangarap” and Maryo de los Reyes’ “Bamboo Flowers” also didn’t open on time due to technical problems. How sad.

If ever there’d be another filmfest like this next year, we hope it will be better promoted and better orchestrated by the FDCP who should keep on reminding the directors concerned about their deadlines to make sure they finish them on time. If you care for Philippine cinema, you still have time to watch the entries until Tuesday, September 17.