Something is a-brewing at the third level of Ali Mall, Cubao, from April 25 to May 19, 2007. In celebration of its 25th year anniversary, the Film Academy of the Philippines—in coordination with the Mowelfund (Movie Workers Welfare Foundation), Inc.—presents its first Salin-Gamit festival.
This is where "treasures" from your idols—from the Superstars to the newest stars in the industry will donate their used items (bags, shoes, clothes, household items, etc.) be sold to the public at affordable prices, the proceeds of which will be given to the FAP.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got to talk to FAP’s director general, Leo Martinez, during the blessing and formal launching of the said festival.
"We have actually started raising funds for the Academy when we had the Kantang-Kanta project at the Esplanade in Mall of Asia last month, where the singers and other artists gave their time and talent free of charge, which will be aired on Channel 2 on May 20, 2007.
"This time, we came up naman with another project, katulong ang Mowelfund and all the organizations under FAP’s umbrella for Salin-Gamit festival. And we are being supported by the management of Ali Mall through Ms. Judy Roxas of the Araneta Group of Companies with the help of Ms. Espie Vibas. For 25 days, the public is invited para makapamili sila ng mga kagamitan ng ating mga artistang nagpa-participate sa aming proyekto.
"Hindi na kami mahihiyang sabihing kulang na kulang ngayon ang pondo ng Academy, simula nga ng certain amount from the festival na ipagkakaloob sa FAP, e, dahil ‘yong dating 30% na aming nakukuha eh, naging 10% na lang. So, we are doing something to augment ‘yong mga nasimulan ng projects, like the workshops we usually hold at sa iba’t iba pang mga projects ng iba’t ibang guilds."
Apart from the workshops that they do, the FAP also has plans of putting up a library for elementary, high school and college students wherein they can find all the materials that they need as far as our industry is concerned."
FREE BOOTHS FOR ARTISTS. PMPDA (Philippine Motion Pictures Directors Association) president, director Willie Mayo and project coordinator of the Salin-Gamit festival is also encouraging everyone to join in the 25-day event.
"May free booths naman para sa mga artists na gustong mag-participate na merong mga gamit na gusto nang i-dispose at puwede pang magamit ng iba. Nakakatuwa nga dahil si Ms. Regine Velasquez, e, nagpadala na ng mga gowns niya na bagong-bago pa ang itsura dahil alam mong minsan lang itong nagamit sa kanyang mga shows, na mabibili naman nila sa napaka-murang halaga. Giselle Sanchez sent a sofa bed na mukha pa ring bago. May clothes from Ms. Boots Anson-Roa, Ms. Gloria Romero, Evangeline Pascual, Cherie Gil, Rita Avila, Cherry Pie Picache. May designer bags. May shoes. May generator from director Rudy Meyer. Maraming gamit sa bahay."
"And it’s the Production Designers Guild who takes care of that," Mayo points out. "All they need to do, e, bumisita lang sa 3rd level ng Ali Mall. May entrance fee na twenty five pesos. At marami na silang mapapamili sa loob kung saan nandoon ang mga booths. Merong certification na ii-issue sa artists at mga magdo-donate ang FAP. And every day, may report ang lahat ng mako-kolekta from the sales."
The public will also be treated to live entertainment and shows for the duration of the 25-day festival. According to Mayo: "Apart from the booths, meron ding entertainment provided para sa mga mamimili. Ian Veneracion will have his on-the-spot painting. May comedy shows. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, marami na silang mabibili at mage-enjoy pa sila sa mga makikita at mapapanood nila dahil may mga artista ring sila mismo ang magtitinda ng kanilang mga ’treasures.’"
PEP looked around and found the booth where the "treasures" of the stars are located. One of Regine’s gowns cost P2,500. There’s Noel Trinidad’s necktie for only P150. A leather bag from producer Neal Tan costs P200 bucks. There are lots of bags and clothes from Ana Capri, Ms. Bella Flores, and more. Cherie Gil’s white Cartier bag sells for only P150.
This writer got a bargain for a Clarins bag, which is perfect for summer because of its flowery designs, and it cost only P50 bucks! Plus it was formerly owned by Cherie Gil!
Get more surprises from the Salin-Gamit festival, which is ongoing until May 19 at Ali Mall, Cubao.