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Dingdong Dantes advocacy puts spotlight on stuntmen

by Ruel J. Mendoza
Jul 21, 2019
Dingdong Dantes pays tribute to the unsung heroes of local showbiz via his Project #BeScene.
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal

Sa pamamagitan ng YesPinoy Foundation ng Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, pinagsanib-puwersa niya ang Stunts Association of the Philippines (SAP) at ang Seoul Action School-Korea sa isang five-day training and seminar para sa mga local stuntmen at stuntwomen.

Tinawag itong Project #BeScene.

Sa naganap na graduation ceremony ng naturang programa sa GMA Network Center, naging opening remarks ni Dingdong ay ang kanyang pasasalamat sa mga tinaguriang “unsung heroes” ng TV and film industry.

“Ang layunin nito is to honor the unsung heroes ng ating industry. Pag sinabing unsung heroes, hindi ba ang ating mga stuntmen, sila parati ang tinatawag, o kayo, ang frontliners?

“Kayo parati ang nasa background pero madalas ang buhay ninyo is at risk, ang buhay ay nasa peligro.

“Kaya #BeScene, dahil sa pagkakataong ito, kayo naman ang gusto nating ilagay sa limelight.

“Kayo ang gusto namin i-recognize and we want you to be seen that's why we are recognizing you dahil nakikita namin na may magandang future sa industriyang ito lalong lalo na sa sektor ng ating stuntmen.

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“Hindi lang isa ang naniniwala sa inyo. Lahat ng taong nasa harapan dito ngayon naniniwala sa inyo at gusto namin kayong bigyan ng isang magandang oportunidad.

“Sa dulo, gusto natin ng good quality of life. At para magkaroon ng good quality of life, gusto natin ng good quality of work.”

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Naging parte ng naturang training ang seminar ang safety, welfare, advancement and inclusivity of stunt people.

Humiling din ng suporta si Dong para sa kanyang Project #BeScene sa iba’t ibang institutional partners tulad ng GMA Network at ng Film Development Authority of the Philippines.

Dumalo sa naging graduation ceremony sina Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas, Mark Lapid representing Senator Lito Lapid, Brian Poe Llamanzares representing Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares, David Fabros from the Film Development Council of the Philippines, at ang mga coaches and trainers mula sa Seoul Action School-Korea.

Sa Instagram account ng Kapuso PR Girl, heto ang pinost tungkol sa naganap na graduation ceremony:

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“Kapuso Primetime King and YesPinoy Foundation Chairman Dingdong Dantes delivers his opening remarks, "Kaya Project #BeScene ay dahil kayong mga stuntmen ang nasa likod ng camera, pero kayo ang mga at risk. Kaya ngayon, gusto namin kayo naman ang nasa limelight. We want you to Be Seen.“

Sa Instagram account ni Dong, pinost niya ang naging masidhing training nila ng co-stars niya with the Special Forces para sa teleserye na Descendants of the Sun.

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Kapag nagsimula nga naman silang mag-taping para sa teleserye, mga stuntsmen ang gagawa ng mga mahihirap na mga eksena para sa kanila.

“A snappy salute to my co-actors for showing their never-say-die dedication to the craft by agreeing to immerse with our country’s Special Forces in preparation for our respective roles.

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“We give much respect to our uniformed men for their love and dedication to protecting our people and securing the land. It is true that we enjoy these liberties in society because the Armed Forces are in the frontline, risking their lives for us to enjoy ours, free from threat— may it be man made or natural.

“That is why it is our duty as actors to represent them properly and as accurately as possible on screen. And what better way to do it than by learning WITH them in their own school!

“We all have our roles to play in this society. Doing what is expected of us with integrity and purpose that is greater than ourselves makes us responsible citizens. For actors like us, our battle ground is the set and our mission is to portray a character in the best way we can, so that the whole production can tell a story in the most effective way possible. The messages may vary, according to values. They may be an outright approval of the status quo or a dissenting, discomforting one. But there is unity, beauty and growth in diversity, especially in a (developing) democracy like ours.

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“Ang sabi nga ng isang Pilosopo, “... a whole is more than the sum of its parts.” This means that a system just like the entertainment production becomes more effective and successful when all components - actors, stunt actors, directors, scriptwriters, among many others - are working at their best and in synergy.

“If our industry does well and asserts its responsibility to the Filipino people, then we know that we are humbly contributing in building a strong and progressive nation, and, at the same time, expressing our patriotism and love for our country.

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