Costanilla: Heartwarming response-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
COMMENDABLE. It is indeed commendable on the part of a number of local talents to have come together for a common cause: to do a show to raise funds and relief goods for the victims of the Oct. 15 earthquake that shook Cebu and Bohol. The two Bangon SugBohol benefit shows (at Ayala Center Cebu and Fuente Osmeña circle) were able to touch the hearts of well-meaning individuals whose donations went a long way in helping the needy especially those in several Bohol municipalities. It was so heartwarming to see and hear our homegrown performers onstage, giving their best without minding about professional fees. Yes, they all performed for free and that to us was the most beautiful and laudable gesture that the general public should always remember.
Lament. But a friend of ours (he owns a restobar here) sort of lamented that a show biz-like event had to be done in order to raise funds and relief items for the earthquake victims. He suggested that next time around, a simple fund-raising activity be organized without necessarily tapping local artists to sing and dance, as if to “taunt” disaster victims. Although we are not the spokesman for the two Bangon SugBohol shows, we explained to him that staging those events were not meant to taunt the earthquake victims, but simply to attract and encourage the general public to watch them and appreciate their God-given talent and at the same time, donate any amount or relief items for the needy. Let’s face it, entertainment plays a major role in gathering and enticing the general public to support a noble cause, compared to simply putting up donation boxes just anywhere.
Sincerity. And we felt the sincerity of all the organizers and artists who joined forces to stage the two Bangon SugBohol shows. Their unified action made those events hugely successful. Naming all of them here would entail more space and we are afraid that some names might be unintentionally omitted, so we simply have to thank all of them for their concern and effort. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done. Our homegrown entertainers have proven once again that they are and can be united anytime, especially in times of disaster where their God-given talent can be spotlighted on and used as a means to help others.
Movie. Nov. 20 is fast approaching and again, we would like to remind all of you to watch the first-day screening of the Visayan film Palad Ta Ang Nagbuot (Our Fate Decides), actually a remake of the 1969 movie of the same title. This is our good friend Dandin Ranillo’s debut directorial work.
He is coming over from California, where is currently based, to attend the film’s premier showing in local cinemas.
As Visayans, let us all watch Palad and support the eventual revival of the local movie industry that Ranillo has been dreaming to achieve. He is the son of Gloria Sevilla, the Queen of the Visayan Movies. Yes, she also appears in this movie remake.
Boxing champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and singer-actress Crissel Valdez are the the lead stars.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 04, 2013.