Costanilla: Make room for ‘Palad’-A A +A
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Club. It was a simple yet meaningful oath-taking ceremony that the Cebu Association of Media Practitioners (Camp) Inc. staged last week at the Capitol social hall. Its new president, veteran radio commentator Jun Arigo and his fellow officers took their oath of office before Regional Trial Court Judge Wilfredo Fiel Navarro while the club’s new members were inducted by Bantay Radyo commentator and Camp president emeritus Greg Senining. In his acceptance speech, Arigo commended Cebu Gov. Junjun Davide and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama for vowing to fully support the club during his incumbency. As one of the club’s past presidents, we also attended the program and even did some standup comedy with Max “Daloydoy” Andrino who was then our vice president.
Speaker. But it was Manila Bulletin columnist/television talk show host Erik Espina’s speech that gave a lot of significance to the occasion. He challenged all media practitioners present to be always true to their calling and reveal the truth in the exercise of their profession. We particularly liked the part of his speech where he detailed his humble beginnings as a media man in Manila and how he hurdled the challenges in the broadcast profession during the martial law era. Yes, he is the son of former Cebu governor Rene Espina who was also a one-time senator and public works and highways secretary. Erik’s speech during the induction ceremony was one of the best speeches we have ever heard.
Colleague. Shortly before the event began, we had the chance to briefly talk to Espina and remind him of our being colleagues under one broadcast firm. We were then working as newscaster of the defunct People’s Television Network in Cebu while he acted as our counterpart in Manila. At that time, our Cebu station was located at the corner of Leon Kilat and P. del Rosario streets where the Asian College of Technology is presently standing. As a friend and media man, Espina hasn’t changed a bit all these years. He is still the same unassuming yet highly intelligent individual that we know.
And wherever his profession takes him, Espina is always proud to claim that he is a true-blue Cebuano. “We should always feel proud of our roots,” he emphasized.
Movie. Nov. 20 is fast approaching and if you are a Cebuano movie buff and advocate, please mark it on your calendar as an important date. By then, the remake of the 1969 flick Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot will have its first day of screening in local theaters.
California-based film director Dandin Ranillo is in constant contact with us on this happy development. He says he is coming over with some of the stars of the remade movie, including his mother, Gloria Sevilla, who was the leading lady of the film’s 1969 version. Her leading man then was boxing champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Palad was his first and last movie.
Stars. The stars of the remade Palad include boxing champion Nonito Donaire, Crizel Valdez, Dionne Monsanto, Max Surban, Garry Lim, Mon Confiado and Suzette Ranillo. We also appear in this film as boxing promoter and ring announcer. Ranillo vowed to come up with another Visayan film next year and we understand that it’s about the miraculous Señor Sto. Niño. Of course, most of the filming will be done in Cebu.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 07, 2013.