Apat ang mga anibersaryong ipinagdiriwang ng mag-asawang Ice Seguerra at Liza Diño-Seguerra.
Disyembre 8 sila ikinasal sa Amerika. Enero 8 ang wedding nila sa Philippines. Marso 5 ang kanilang jowanniversary, at Mayo 14 ang kanilang commitment anniversary.
Facebook post ni FDCP Chair Liza nitong Mayo 15, Sabado, “This was a promise Ice and I made to each other. Na through thick and thin, sa hirap at ginhawa, may pera o wala — WE WILL MAKE TIME to celebrate our love through these moments.
“And true enough, sobrang laking bagay na may mga special days na ganito because it gives us the reason to take the time to spend time together. Na kahit sobrang BUSY dahil sa trabaho... may 5, 8, at 14 kaming laging nandyan na dapat pinaglalaanan namin ng panahon.
“So love, I know I am a day late. But I just want to remind you of this post I wrote six years ago, which captures what I feel for you, mula noon hanggang ngayon.
"May 14, 2013 — I was walking down the ‘aisle’ with nothing but a PROMISE to give you my love and my full commitment. We thought at first it was silly. ‘Let's do something crazy,’ I said. And you said yes. Just You. Me. And a consensus to take that leap of faith.
“But as we saw each other on both ends of that aisle, we knew right then that this was something else.
“Right in front of me is the man that I thought I almost lost some 13 years back—syempre Hindi na.
“At that very moment, I realized why it took a long time for us to see each other again.
“They say Soulmates and life partners are two different things, and in most cases, it's rare that you meet both at the same time. Most often than not, your soulmates are different from your life partners.
“Sabi nila, yung soulmate daw, pwedeng di mo makatuluyan. But a Life Partner, eto yung supposed to be for KEEPS.
“So that's why US didn't happen 13 years ago. Love, di ka Lang daw pangsoulmate — na pwedeng mawala sa buhay ko eventually. Pang FOREVER ka. Therefore, life prepared us not just to be each other's soulmates but life partners as well."
“HAPPY 8TH COMMITMENT ANNIVERSARY MAHAL KO! Ikaw ang habambuhay ko.”
Sa sobrang ka-busy-han ni FDCP Chair Liza ay nale-late siya minsan para sa mga personal affair nila ni Ice, pero lagi siyang bumabawi, at si Ice ay laging umuunawa.
May mga pagkakataon na pito o higit pa ang virtual meeting ni FDCP Chair Liza mula umaga hanggang gabi, kaya hindi siya magkandaugaga.
Tuluy-tuloy ang mga proyekto ng FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) sa kabila ng pandemya. Noong Abril 27 ay inilunsad ng FDCP ang Kidlat Tahimik's Unsung Sariling Bayani (USB) Short Film Competition.
“Balik tayo sa simple storytelling. I think we are all, even at a high school age, we are intelligent enough to see a positive value in somebody older or chosen as a hero who can really bring out the best in us,” sabi ng 78-anyos na si Kidlat Tahimik, National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts.
Tatlo ang kategorya sa USB—Youth Category - Senior High Student (Public School), Youth Category - Senior High Student (Private School), at Adult Category (Aged 18 and above). Tatlumpong finalists ang pipiliin. Ang deadline para sa submission ng entries ay sa October 11, 2021.
The FDCP Channel will host the USB Online Film Festival from November 11 to 17 and will stream the Awards Ceremony on November 14.
Mada-download ang application form sa website ng FDCP. Naka-post ang guidelines sa Facebook page naman ng FDCP.
Ikinakasa rin syempre ng FDCP ang ikalimang Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
Noong Mayo 6, inihayag naman ng FDCP ang sampung finalists ng 4th Sine Kabataan Short Film Competition. Bawa’t finalist ay may PHP 100,000 grant bilang pondo sa pagbuo ng kani-kanyang maikling pelikula.
Nagkakaloob ang Sine Kabataan ng platform para sa aspiring young filmmakers na edad 18 hanggang 30.
Nakipagsanib-pwersa ang FDCP sa Embassy of France in Manila, Philippine Italian Association, Goethe-Institute Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, at Japan Foundation-Manila para sa Mit Out Sound (MOS): International Silent Film Lab 2021 ng 15th International Silent Film Festival Manila (ISFFM) sa Nobyembre.
Ipino-promote dito ang silent filmmaking sa Pilipinas.
Sampung filmmakers ang pipiliin ng ISFFM committee para sumailalim sa intensive MOS film lab. Kabilang sa aktibidades ng MOS ang Visual Storytelling Lab, Safe Filming Lab, at Editing Lab sessions via Zoom.
Participants will each be awarded a production grant worth PHP 50,000 to produce their silent shorts.
Very well documented ang pagmamahalan nina Ice at Liza, at kasama talaga ang public sa halos bawa’t yugto ng kanilang journey bilang couple.
Here’s wishing them the best, and more years of peace, quiet, contentment and true happiness!
Ang isa sa curious ako sa mga projects ng FDCP na pinangunahan ni Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra ay ang International Silent Film Festival Manila 2021, na gaganapin sa November ng taong ito.
Inaasahang mababa na ang COVID cases sa Nobyembre at hindi na ito kasinlala ng hinaharap natin ngayon. Nakikipag-negotiate na ang FDCP sa NCCA na gamitin ang Metropolitan Theatre para pagdausan nitong film festival.
Dito sa Mit Out Sound (MOS): International Silent Film Lab 2021, makakatuklad ng filmmakers na makakagawa ng silent films na sana ma-enjoy ng mga kabataan sa ngayon.
Kung matutuloy ito sa MET, mai-experience natin ang kakaibang cinema, ang silent film na sinasabayan ng orchestra o banda.
Baka weird ito sa mga huling henerasyon, pero dapat na balikan natin ito para ma-appreciate natin ang pinanggalingan ng cinema.
Sabi ni Professor Nick Deocampo, “Many scholars and critics would like to think that the best time of cinema was during the silent film period.
“That is debatable of course, and to a certain point I would like to agree… getting old and becoming the historian myself, learning all the wisdoms of all decades of filmmaking that silent cinema was a period par excellence, right? A superior period wherein film did not need dialogues.
“The film themselves as visual experience really came across on the screen. And for that reason, cinema was able to become global and transnational.
“It did not need language to be able to penetrate India or the Philippines, or Vietnam, all the African countries or Latin American countries.
“Sure there where intertitles and that’s where the language came in, but the visual was independent of the spoken language.
“And to a certain point, many of our students right now and filmmakers are so dialogue-dependent. All the characters speak and speak and speak that you can close your eyes in moviehouses, or do something else while your video is running in your laptop and you know, you may not even need to watch it.
“The whole point is, let’s go back to the very lessons that silent cinema has given us and this is film language.
“For me, it’s very important because it brings us back to the very essence of what cinema is.”