Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP): Announces list of Film Ambassadors and hosts recognition night this February

Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will celebrate the triumphs of the Filipino filmmakers by hosting the FDCP Film Ambassadors’ Night on February 9, 2018 at Sampaguita Gardens, Quezon City.

This is to give recognition to the Filipino filmmakers who brought honor to the country by winning in various international film festivals last 2017.

Aside from the citations, FDCP will also name the A-Lister winners from the top international film festivals, as well as the Camera Obscura awardees, the highest Artistic Excellence Award given by the Agency for outstanding members of the film industry. Previous recipients of the Award include Directors Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz, and actors Jaclyn Jose, Allen Dizon, and Teri Malvar.

This event will also serve as a venue for fellowship and an opportunity for the filmmakers and industry movers to meet again and build a creative ground for future projects and collaboration.

The Film Ambassadors’ Night will be hosted by Monster Radio RX 93.1 DJ and film enthusiast, Chico Garcia.

The following are the names of the Film Ambassadors who will be recognized that night:


              1.       SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN directed by Baby Ruth Villarama

2.       TWO WAY JESUS, directed by Jet Leyco


1.       WARMER, documentary by Atom Araullo

2.       FRONT ROW: BATA SA BINTANA, documentary produced by JC Rubio of GMA Network, Inc. 

3.       REEL TIME: MALING AKALA, documentary produced by Jayson Bernard Santos of GMA Network, Inc. 

4.       REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: PASAN-PASANG PANGARAP, documentary produced by Ian Simbulan of GMA Network, Inc.



1.       IMAGO, directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez

2.       FATIMA MARIE TORRES AND THE INVASION OF SPACE SHUTTLE PINAS 25, written, edited and directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad

3.       JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad

4.       DO I HAVE BOOBS NOW? directed by Joella Cabalu and Milena Salazar,

5.       CONTESTANT #4, directed by Jared Joven and Kaj Palanca

6.       DILIMAN, written and directed by TJ Collanto

7.       SUPOT,  Directed by Phil Giordano

8.       MARIA, directed by JP Habac,



1.       LAV DIAZ 

2.       LOUIE IGNACIO  

3.       MIKHAIL RED


5.       SHERON DAYOC 






1.       ANG ARAW SA LIKOD MO  directed by Dominic Carlo P. Nuesa

2.       AREA directed by Louie Ignacio

3.       LAUT directed by Louie Ignacio

4.       SINGING IN GRAVEYARDS directed by Bradley Liew

5.       BABOY HALAS directed by Bagane Fiola

6.       IGNACIO DE LOYOLA directed by Paolo Dy

7.       Tale of the Lost Boys directed by Joselito Altarejos

8.       Women of the Weeping River directed by Sheron R. Dayoc

9.       Patay Na Si Hesus directed by Victor Kaiba Villanueva

10.   2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten directed by Petersen Vargas

11.   1st Sem written and directed by Allan Michael Ibañez and Dexter Paglinawan Hemedez,

12.   Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) directed by Lav Diaz

13.   Birdshot directed by Mikhail Red

14.   Dagsin (Gravity) directed by Atom Magadia

15.   IMBISIBOL directed by Lawrence Fajardo

16.   PAGLIPAY directed by Zig Dulay

17.   HURAMENTADO (Oath to Die), directed by Noriel Jarito

18.   PITONG KABANG PALAY, written and directed by Maricel Cabrera-Cariaga,

19.   PAMILYA ORDINARYO, written and directed by Eduardo Roy Jr.,

20.   PIPO, written and directed by Richard Legaspi

21.   BAKA BUKAS, written and directed by Samantha Lee

22.   ACROSS THE CRESCENT MOON, written and directed by Baby Nebrida

23.   SIKRETO SA DILIM, directed by Mike Magat and produced by Ramon Roxas, 



1.       GABBY CONCEPCION (TV), “Ika-6 Na Utos”

2.       MARY JOY APOSTOL, “Birdshot”

3.       LOTLOT DE LEON, 1st Sem”

4.       ANGEL LOCSIN, “Everything About Her”

5.       AI AI DELAS ALAS, “Area”

6.       ANA CAPRI, “Laut”

7.       HASMIN KILLIP, Pamilya Ordinaryo”

8.       RONWALDO MARTIN, Pamilya Ordinaryo” 

9.       IZA CALZADO, Bliss”

10.   CHARO SANTOS-CONCIO, “Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left)”

11.   ANNA LUNA, “Maestra

12.   LAILA ULAO, “Women of the Weeping River”

13.   ARNOLD REYES, “Birdshot”

14.   TOMMY ABUEL, “Dagsin” 

15.   RICKY DAVAO“Dayang Asu”


17.   CARLOS MORALES, “Rolyo”

18.   LEON MIGUEL, “Galit Na Aso”











FDCP (2017): Quality Genre Films Featured in FDCP’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino


With only days to go, the Film Development Council of the Philippines is geared and ready for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP), a one-week exclusive screening of Filipino films from August 16-22, 2017 in all cinemas nationwide. This fiesta-themed celebration of Filipino films features a diverse set of quality genre films which audiences nationwide may choose from.

·         100 Tula Para Kay Stella

By Jason Paul Laxamana

–          Viva Communications, Inc. –          JC Santos, Bella Padilla
·         Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B

By Prime Cruz

–          The IdeaFirst Company –          Ryza Cenon, Martin Del Rosario
·         AWOL

By Enzo Williams

–          Skylight –          Gerald Anderson, Dianne Medina, Bembol Roco
·         Bar Boys

By Kip Oebanda

–          Tropic Frills, Inc. –          Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, Kean Cipriano, Odette Khan
·         Birdshot

By Mikhail Red

–          TBA Studios –          Arnold Reyes, Mary Joy Apostol, Ku Aquino, John Arcilla
·         Hamog

By Ralston Jover

–          CPI/ Cinema One –          Zaijian Jaranilla, Therese Malvar
·         Paglipay (Crossing)

By Zig Dulay

–          TOFARM –          Garry Cabalic, Joan Dela Cruz, Anna Luna
·         Patay Na Si Hesus

By Victor Villanueva

–          T-Rex Entertainment Production –          Jaclyn Jose, Chai Fonacier, Vincent Viado, Mailes Kanapi, Melde Montanez, Sheenly Gener, Olive Nieto
·         Pauwi Na (Pedicab)

By Paolo Villaluna

–          Universal Harvester Inc. –          Bembol Roco, Cherry Pie Picache, Meryl Soriano, Jerald Napoles, Jess Mendoza, Chai Fonacier
·         Salvage

By Sherad Sanchez

–          CPI/ Cinema One –          Jessy Mendiola, JC De Vera
·         Star na Si Van Damme Stallone

By Randolph Longjas

–          Unitel x Straight Shooters –          Paolo Pingol, Candy Pangilinan, Sara Brakensiek, Ebong Joson
·         Triptiko

By Miguel Michelena

–          Michelena Brothers Production –          Albi Casino, Joseph Marco, Kean Cipriano, Kylie Padilla

“We are very proud of this incredible roster of films that we are showcasing for Pista. As this is the first time that we are partnering with all the theaters for massive event for the whole country, we hope that we get the support of all Filipinos by watching the films,” said FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño during the Grand Press Conference held last August 3, 2017 at SEDA Vertis North. Quezon City in partnership with Globe.  “This is not just a film showing event, but really a celebration of films that are distinctly ours and which we can connect and identify with. We are glad that we have the support and advocacy partnership with Globe for their anti-piracy campaign to make PPP more meaningful,” she added. Continue reading “FDCP (2017): Quality Genre Films Featured in FDCP’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino”


Globe Telecoms: Partners with Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Launches #PlayItRight


Globe Telecom partners with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) for its #PlayItRight advocacy in a bid to encourage the public to play content from legitimate sources as well as provide an opportunity for local movies and film-makers to grow their business and expand to more audiences.

By bannering PPP, one of the biggest Filipino film festivals that hero homegrown talent, Globe is also able to show its support to the Philippine movie industry.  PPP has the largest number of screenings for films nationwide with 790 theaters showcasing 12 top-rated locally-produced movies chosen by the FDCP. Continue reading “Globe Telecoms: Partners with Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Launches #PlayItRight”


FDCP: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino’s 12 chosen films slated to be shown August 16-22

100 TULA PARA KAY STELLA (Jason Paul Laxamana)
Fidel and his crushie Stella go through college together and we watch as he struggles to confess his feelings for her.

“Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B” is a love story… but with a creature from Philippine folklore. Ryza Cenon of “Ika-6 Na Utos” plays the titular character who has to keep emotions at bay or risk transforming into a winged creature.

AWOL (Enzo Williams)
Lt. Abel Ibarra goes after the man who tried to kill him and his family.

BAR BOYS (Kip Oebanda)
Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, Carlo Aquino and Kean Cipriano star as four law students and the sacrifices they make as they inch closer to their dream of passing the bar and becoming lawyers.

BIRDSHOT (Mikhail Red)
After unintentionally shooting a Philippine Eagle, Maya is forced to flee and hide in a forest — where violence and other threats lurk in the dark.

HAMOG (Ralston Jover)
Four kids try to survive the mean streets of Manila. Kapuso teen actress Therese “Teri” Malvar received Moscow International Film Festival Best Actress award for her performance in this film.

PAGLIPAY (Zig Dulay)
An Aeta crosses the river to go to town and find a wife. On the way he meets a woman who grew up in the city and the encounter creates a lasting impact.

PATAY NA SI HESUS (Victor Villanueva)
Cannes best actress Jaclyn Jose plays mother Iyay, who takes her kids on a road trip, traveling from Cebu to Dumaguete, to attend the funeral of her estranged husband.

PAUWI NA (Paolo Villaluna)
A sickly man, his nagging wife, a blind and pregnant woman, “Jesus Chirst”, and a dog ride a pedicab out of Manila to find greener pastures in the province. “Pauwi Na (Pedicab)” was awarded Best Film at the Shanghai Film Festival.

SALVAGE (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)
A news crew reporting on alleged mythical creatures in Mindanao are chased by an armed groups into the forest.

A child with Down Syndrome dreams of being a star, prompting his struggling family to hustle some more and help turn his dreams into a reality.

TRIPTIKO (Miguel Franco Michelena)
A three-panel film that unearths the mysterious happenings in the lives of a playboy who runs out of luck, a model whose skin-deep curse reaches a boiling point, and a musician chasing after light-footed love



FDCP: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino launch

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino August 16-22, 3017 in all cinemas nationwide

Emmanuel Borlaza (MTRCB), Aiza Seguerra (NYC) and Liza Diño (FDCP) signs MOA for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino slated to run from Aug. 16-22, 2017 in all cinemas nationwide.


FDCP: Disowns connections with Film ASEAN Inc.


The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has released an official statement disowning any connection to the non-government organization called Film ASEAN (Southeast Asia Film Development Foundation, Inc.).

Film ASEAN started as an FDCP program during the chairmanship of Briccio Santos but is now operating as a private organization. The Council has clarified that there are no ties between it and the Film ASEAN and that any agreements entered into by the organization are illegal and have no effect.

“FDCP is the sole agency that is empowered by law to enter into agreements with local and foreign agencies on matters relating to film or the cinematic arts, and the Film ASEAN is in no way connected to the Council,” said Liza Diño, Chairperson and CEO of the FDCP.

“If the public is aware of any Film ASEAN transactions relating to FDCP, please let us know as soon as possible,” she added.


FDCP: To host Film Ambassadors Night, an evening of thanksgiving and appreciation


In honor and celebration of the strides and victories of Filipino films in the past year, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will host the Film Ambassadors Night at the end of the month at the FDCP Cinematheque Manila Open Grounds, Kalaw, Manila.

Dubbed as an evening of thanksgiving and appreciation, the Film Ambassadors Night will recognize the award-winning filmmakers of 2016 who have continued the proud tradition of Philippine cinema and have brought not only prestige to the country but also raised the level of awareness to the craft and art of filmmaking.

Among the recipients of the FDCP Film Ambassador Award include Jun Robles Lana and Paolo Ballesteros for their work in Die Beautiful. Brillante Mendoza, Director of Ma Rosa, Philippines’ entry to the Oscar 2016, will be receiving the FDCP Artistic Excellence Award. Continue reading “FDCP: To host Film Ambassadors Night, an evening of thanksgiving and appreciation”


19th Cine Europa: At the FDCP Cinematheque Manila


The Cine Europa Film Festival is back with its last run of 2016 this December at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Cinematheque Centre Manila, with the festival presented to us by the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines and its member states, in partnership with the FDCP through its Film Cultural Exchange Program, and other cultural organizations.

Boasting 19 years and being one of the longest and largest local film festivals, the Cine Europa celebrates 25 years of the EU Delegation in the Philippines with the theme of “Friendship” to highlight years of cross-continental partnership and collaboration as well as the quality filmmaking cinema from all over Europe. Also in celebration of this friendship, a by-invitation only gala for delegates of the European Union as well as special guests of the FDCP will be conducted during the festival run on December 8, 5 pm, before the private screening of Inés París’s Miguel Y William at 7:30 pm.

21 films showcase at the Cinematheque Manila this month, showing us what friendship means to all different cultures and points-of-view from 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The 19th Cine Europa films screening at the Cinematheque Manila are: Continue reading “19th Cine Europa: At the FDCP Cinematheque Manila”


Film Development Council of the Philippines: Condolences on Dick Israel’s Passing


The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) joins our local industry in mourning the passing of famous character actor Dick Israel, who passed away in their Makati home last Tuesday evening, the 11th of October, at the age of 68.

Co-Actor Vivian Velez who had worked with Israel in previous projects and was a member of Damay Kamay Foundation, an organization that helped entertainment industry workers in need, confirmed Israel’s passing in an interview, having been informed by Israel’s son Essex that his father passed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Two weeks prior Israel’s wife Marlyn had suffered an aneurysm and was taken to the hospital, where she still lies in a coma.

The FDCP sends their condolences to Israel’s family and prayers for the recovery of his wife through these difficult times.

More about the Actor after the jump
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FDCP: Celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque Manila


As the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month this October 2016, it offers through the FDCP Cinematheques a selection of screenings giving worthy attention to the lives and perspectives of our indigenous people, with Cinematheque Baguio honoring the Gong Film Festival from the 17th to the 26th of October, and the Cinematheque Iloilo and Cinematheque Manila offering screenings and more from the 12th to the 14th of October.

Screenings for National Indigenous People’s Month at the FDCP Cinematheque Centre Manila this October 12th to 14th have a P100 admission, except for the screening of Bontoc Eulogy, which is offered for free. The Q&A session for Flor Chantal Eco’s curated “Land, Life, and Struggle” on October 13, 7 pm is also for free. Tickets are released an hour before the screening time, on a first-come, first-serve basis, only at the Cinematheque Manila.

More about the featured films after the jump Continue reading “FDCP: Celebrates National Indigenous People’s Month at the Cinematheque Manila”