GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Saying the city has a thriving community of filmmakers, Mayor Ronnel Rivera on Wednesday welcomed award-winning Pepe Diokno who gave a lecture to some 2,000 film enthusiasts and students.
“I am glad that Direk Pepe Diokno honored us by accepting our invitation para ibahagi ang kanyang kaalaman at kadalubhasaan sa sining ng pelikula (to share his knowledge and expertise in film art),” the city mayor said in welcoming Diokno.
The young film maker urged budding filmmakers to continue make films and hone their skills and to watch and patronize Filipino feature movies as well ‘indie’ films.
The best way to make quality films is to continue to make them.
His debut film ‘Engkewntro’ won the “Luigi de Laurentiis” (Lion of the Future) Award for Best Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2009.
The same film also bagged the Best Asian Film, for the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival in Seoul, Korea.
It was likewise voted Best in Editing in the prestigious Urian Award also in 2009.
“As a city with an amalgam of culture, we have rich history and tradition that are very excellent materials for short films and even full feature movies,” Mayor Rivera said in his message.
He added that Wednesday’s activity was part of the Lecture Series “which my wife Jane and her colleagues in the General Santos City Tourism Council are initiating and organizing.”
“It is,” he added, “designed to help cultivate and discover talents and artists in the city.”
General Santos was once home to the late National Artist Manuel Conde who produced and directed the classic Genghis Khan and Juan Tamad movies.