Direk Jose Javier Reyes optimistic about appointment of Tirso Cruz III as FDCP chair

by Jerry Olea
Jul 7, 2022
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Jose Javier Reyes (left) on appointment of Tirso Cruz III as new FDCP chairperson: "There could not have been a better person! There could not have been a better person because he comes from a tradition of people movies, and not only that, he is a good person. And over and above everything, for somebody to work for the industry, you make sure you work for the industry and not for yourself."
PHOTO/S: Jerry Olea / RTVM

Nagulat si Direk Jose Javier Reyes sa pagka-appoint kay Tirso Cruz III na bagong chairperson ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

Read: Tirso Cruz III, itinalaga bilang bagong FDCP chairperson sa kabila ng reappointment ni Liza Diño

“Ang gulat ko nga, ambilis, e!” bulalas ng multi-awarded writer-director sa mediacon ng Cinemalaya 18: Breaking Through The Noise nitong Hulyo 6, 2022, Miyerkules, sa CCP Main Theater Lobby.

“Ambilis! I think… I mean… I mean, President Marcos Jr. has not sat in office for a week, and ‘AH?! MAY BAGONG FDCP NA?!’ Nagulat ako.”

Natuwa siyempre si Direk Joey sa appointment kay Tirso bilang kapalit ni Liza Diño as FDCP Chairperson.

Read: Liza Diño welcomes appointment of Tirso Cruz III as her FDCP successor

“There could not have been a better person! There could not have been a better person because he comes from a tradition of people movies, and not only that, he is a good person.

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“And over and above everything, for somebody to work for the industry, you make sure you work for the industry and not for yourself.

“And that is Tirso Cruz III,” maigting na sambit ni Direk Joey.

Mahigit limang dekada nang artista sa pelikula at telebisyon ang 70-anyos na si Tirso. Sikat na sikat noong 1970s ang Guy & Pip love team nila ni Nora Aunor.

EXPLORATORY TALK

Matapos ang panunumpa ni Tirso sa Malacañang Palace noong Hunyo 5, Martes ng hapon, nagkausap sila ni Direk Joey sa office ni Senador Jinggoy Estrada.

It was exploratory, OK. Exploratory in the sense na itinatanong niya, ‘Ano ba ang mga problema?’

“So, iniisa-isa namin yung mga possible na naging mga problema, ano yung mga solusyon, ano yung mga puwede nating gawin, at ano yung dapat ipagpatuloy, ano yung dapat palitan.

“Yun naman ay exploratory lang na usapan, OK? Tapos, ano yung mga bagay na puwedeng gawin within lines of legality, OK?

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“At saka ano yung pinaka-urgent na problema natin ngayon na puwedeng matulungan ng FDCP?”

Ano ang reaksiyon ni Tirso na napili siya bilang bagong FDCP Chair?

“Well, nagulat siya. Nagulat siya, OK. Ahh, maybe I can talk about it now,” matamang sambit ni Direk Joey.

“He got a call last weekend. He called me up and asked me if I am willing to help if and when he gets appointed.

“So, he called up Laurice [Guillen] and Atty. Joji [Alonso]. ‘Let’s have an exploratory talk on how we can help you and we can give you more or less the landscape of movies now.’

“Because iyong perspektibo niya bilang isang artista, di ba…”

Nag-apply ba si Tirso sa posisyon na FDCP Chairperson?

“He did not. He did not. He was just… appointed. Oo, he was just appointed,” saad ni Direk Joey.

“So, nag-ano kami, ‘Sige, let’s find a common time to meet.’ And we decided, ‘O, sige, Tuesday afternoon, 4 o’clock.’

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“So, at 4 o’clock, let’s meet. Kasi, yun ang common time namin na available.

“Then he calls up, ‘Teka muna, male-late ako, kasi may oath-taking akin.’ Nalokah kami!

“After the oath-taking, nag-usap kami yesterday afternoon. And we were discussing what we can do, what projects of Liza we have to continue.

“Which, what obligation established by Liza we have to continue. What are some changes that we can do?

“And how we can make the FDCP function as the FDCP, and the working relationship with the other agencies dedicated to film, which are the Film Academy and Mowelfund.”

Excited ba si Tirso o nervous sa posisyong ibinigay sa kanya?

“No, he was not. We were laughing all the time,” wika ni Direk Joey.

“We were laughing all the time, that’s why I agreed to say ‘yes’ to Pipo [palayaw ni Tirso] because I’ve known him for years.

“And because he is a person not working on self-interest but, you know, it’s dedicated to the purpose of whatever he’s working.”

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Twelve years ago pa napabalitang si Tirso ang napiling bagong FDCP Chair. Nagulat na lang ang mga taga-industriya na ang umupo noon ay si Briccio Santos.

Napakibit-balikat nang bahagya si Direk Joey, “Well, you know how it is. Welcome to the Philippines!”

THE NEW FDCP CHAIRPERSON

Ano ang maaasahan kay Tirso bilang bagong FDCP Chair?

Napakunot-noo si Direk Joey, “Ahh, how shall I put it? Kasi, Tirso has an open mind, e. And he is untainted.

“He has no political tainting, which is good. I think the very fact that he was selected without any partisan coloring is good.

“He can work with the best people from both camps. And he can bring people together.”

Paano mapagkakaisa ni Tirso ang mga taga-industriya na nasa magkaibang kampo?

“You talk to the people. You cannot provide solutions to problems which you imagined yourself,” mabilis na tugon ni Direk Joey.

“If you wanna know the problems, you talk to the people. And from the people, you find the solutions.

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“And it cannot just be you. It has to be all of us.”

Itutuloy ba ng bagong pamunuan ng FDCP ang Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino?

“Hindi pa namin masagot yun. Hindi pa namin masasagot kung itutuloy yun o hindi,” tugon ni Direk Joey.

“Ahh, sa ngayon, ang importante is ano ba talaga ang mas malaking problema ng industriya na kailangang i-address at matutulungan ng FDCP.

“At hindi yun sa pamamagitan ng ayuda. I always believe in sustainability.

“Help the industry, and not a temporary… not a band-aid sort of solution.”

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Jose Javier Reyes (left) on appointment of Tirso Cruz III as new FDCP chairperson: "There could not have been a better person! There could not have been a better person because he comes from a tradition of people movies, and not only that, he is a good person. And over and above everything, for somebody to work for the industry, you make sure you work for the industry and not for yourself."
PHOTO/S: Jerry Olea / RTVM
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