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Costanilla: Revive Visayan films

Monday, August 28, 2017

MEMBERS. More local performers and entertainers are joining the three-month old Sugboanong Musikero that Margarito Ornopia Jr., Edgar Butalid, Babyluz Condeno, Alex Nuñez, Danilo Nuñez, Rey Rafols and yours truly have founded. The four-member Cebu Clergy Performing Artists (Fr. Jun Gutierrez, Fr. Rudy Ibali, Fr. Kipling Agravante and Fr. Zachary Zacarias) and Fr. Jonas Mejares, parish priest of the Sto. Niño Parish in Mohon, Talisay City, have already accepted the club’s invitation for them to join.

GUITARS. I commend the organizers of the three-day 1st Cebu International Guitar Festival aptly tagged as The Strings That Bind from Sept. 1 to 3 at SM Seaside. I gathered that some of the country’s guitar masters will personally train neophyte guitarists who are required to bring their classical or acoustic guitars.

FEE. Each participant will pay only P2,500 for the three-day event that already includes the chance to watch The Strings That Bind concert series in the same venue. For those interested to participate, call or text Gloria Villarojo’s cell phone number 0923-160-1900 right now.

ENDORSEMENT. I seldom endorse movies but “Patay Na Si Hesus” is an exemption. If only Visayan movies were produced and/or directed like the way it was, the local filmmaking industry would surely be revived or resurrected. This particular dramedy (drama/comedy) features some Cebu tourist attractions plus a combination of Cebuano and Tagalog speaking lines with English subtitles. Watch this very amusing and delightful flick. The large crowd that it gathered every screening could be an indication that the revival of the Visayan movie industry is achievable. (For comments, call or text 0932-277-8771)

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2017.

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