TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- Hundreds of young film enthusiasts from Northern Luzon provinces converged in this city to grace the first ever ‘Cinema Padday’ film festival highlighting the life and culture of the people in the big screen.
Jerome Dulin, festival director and head of the North Luzon Cinema Guild, Inc.(NLCG), said the festival aims to discover local talents in film productions and to help preserve and promote the diverse culture of the people in Northern Luzon.
“It was a passion. We want to start this to encourage other young film enthusiasts to collaborate and to embrace the art of independent film making,” Dulin said.
Purita S. Licas, regional director of the Philippine Information Agency and one of the partners of the NLCG, recognized the efforts and teamwork and the labors and pains endured by the organizers to make this first film festival of the whole North Luzon possible.
“This endeavor does not only promote short films as one of the best and archival ways of preserving our culture but able to combine the music, the arts and the stories of every culture to form a one masterful craft that can be archived and be passed on to future generations simply by watching them,” Licas said.
Licas said the event will also serve as an inspiration for young film makers to go and find the stories of the past generations and their current stories and be able to tell them using film as a medium of artistry.
Congressman Randolph Ting of the province’s thid district also encouraged local officials and other sectors to support the film festival ast it promote and preserve the North Luzon’s culture and arts.
“We have to pool our local talents not only in the independent film productions but also in other means of culture and tradition promotion as well as in boosting our tourism industry,” Ting said.
Tourism Regional Director Virgilio Maguigad expressed his gratitude to the group for braving the challenges in staging the festival.
Maguigad said the films are good materials in promoting the rich and diverse culture of the people in Northern Luzon, especially in Cagayan Valley region. Oliver Baccay/PIA