PRESS STATEMENT FROM TV5:
"The Movie Workers Welfare Fund (Mowelfund) together with TV5, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will present a salute to Philippine Cinema via the staging of "Pinilakang Tabing: Handog Sa Pelikulang Pilipino" on Wednesday, June 22.
"The grand production coincides with the celebration of more than 90 years of Philippine cinema. It will be held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
"The production aims to raise the awareness and funds for the preservation of the country’s film heritage.
"Audiences will be treated to a musical journey starting from the film version of the popular sarswela Dalagang Bukid to the post-war films up to the big studios of the Fifties. The theme of popular love teams will also be presented as well as the Cebuano cinema scene. There will also be a presentation about the decade of socially relevant films and the emergence of independent films.
"The gala musical will feature the country’s top talents, producers, filmmakers and members of the movie industry.
"Some of the big name celebrities expected to attend include Mowelfund executive director Boots Anson-Roa, German Moreno, MTRCB Chairperson Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Cesar Montano, Janno Gibbs, Jolina Magdanagal, Aiza Seguerra, Dulce, Mitch Valdez, Jun Urbano, Bituin Escalante, Ciara Sotto, Gian Magdangal, Ramon ’Bong’ Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and former President Joseph Estrada.
"They will be joined by performing arts companies Ballet Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
"The production is written by Floy Quintos and directed by Chris Millado.
"Mowelfund is a non-stock, non-profit foundation established by former President Joseph Estrada in 1974. It was organized to look after the welfare of workers in the Philippine movie industry."