QC mulls ordinance for week-long showing of Filipino films in August

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The Quezon City council is considering passing an ordinance that will require cinemas to screen all-Filipino films for one week in August, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said Monday.

Belmonte, the council’s presiding officer, made the statement ahead of the kick off of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino on August 11.

“May balak ang Sangguniang Panlungsod na magpasa ng isang ordinansa kung saan merong isang linggo sa Buwan ng Wika na puroFilipino film lamang ang pinapalabas sa lahat ng sinehan sa buong lungsod,” she said.

Belmonte said it is the local government’s goal for Quezon City to be recognized as a center of arts and culture, as well as the country’s entertainment capital.

“Gusto po talaga nating patunayan sa lahat na we are deserving of these titles that have been bestowed upon us,” she said.

PPP will start on Saturday with a Grand Fans’ Day at Liwasang Aurora in Quezon Memorial Circle, which will include an “all-star” motorcade beginning at the Amoranto Sports Complex.

This will be followed by an opening night on August 14 and a Film Industry Conference on August 17 and 18 at Novotel Manila in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

PPP features eight films which will be shown in theaters nationwide from Aug. 15 to 21, 2018. The entries are:

– “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi” by Jun Lana

– “Bakwit Boys” and “The Day After Valentine’s” by Jason Paul Laxamana

– “Madilim ang Gabi” by Adolfo B. Alix, Jr.

– “Pinay Beauty” by Jay Abello

– “Signal Rock” by Chito S. Roño

– “Unli Life” by Miko Livelo and

– “We Will Not Die Tonight” by Richard Somes