Tomas lets slip his involvement in an ‘int’l’ film-A A +A
Saturday, May 21, 2011
CEBU City Reps. Tomas Osmeña (south district) and Rachel del Mar (north district) are
part of a soon to be released film produced in Cebu City.
Bigfoot Entertainment, which is the first international movie studio in the Philippines, produced Deep Gold 3D. It’s about two sisters caught in the middle of a conspiracy involving a plane carrying gold bars that goes missing in Philippine waters.
The movie, shot mostly in the Philippines, also features scenes in Cebu City.
Osmeña did not elaborate on his and del Mar’s involvement in the movie, which is set to be released in the country next month.
The poster of the film states it is a production of New Cebu Films.
Osmeña mentioned his performance in the film during a press conference that also discussed familiar issues like the South Road Properties (SRP) and the halted Ciudad Project.
While there is a moratorium on the development of the Banilad-Talamban (Ban-Tal) corridor for traffic considerations, which affects the Ciudad project, Osmeña suggested a cemetery would be a good investment.
“There is a shortage of cemeteries and I am not trying to be funny. It can be very profitable, but if you are going to build a mall on that main road, no. I am looking at the long-term interest of the city.”
Osmeña also called Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama “deceptive” when the latter initiated dialogues for the Ciudad project, which is a joint venture of the Provincial Government and a private developer.
Rama sent City Administrator Jose Marie Poblete and City Attorney Joseph Bernaldez to
Capitol last week to talk about Ciudad, Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City Zoo and the Metropolitan Cebu Water District board members.
“The mayor told the councilors without the councilors asking him. The mayor volunteered and said he will not discuss the Ciudad until 93-1 is fully resolved. He said that. Nobody put words into his mouth,” Osmeña said.
Rama, in earlier interviews, said the 93-1issue has been resolved after Gov. Gwen
Garcia assured that the matter will be solved before her term ends in 2013.
She had said no Cebu City residents on Capitol lots covered by Provincial Ordinance 9301 would be left without roofs over their heads.
Osmeña asked, “What is the assurance of Gwen worth? Twenty cents?”
On the Court of Appeals ruling affirming Cebu City’s authority to sell and lease the SRP, Osmeña said: “That’s very good for the City. It further legitimizes the ownership of the City of the SRP.”
Barangay Councilor Joel Garganera filed the original complaint before the Cebu City Regional Trial Court, questioning Cebu City’s selling of SRP lots originally owned by the National Government.
Osmeña called it crab mentality when some entities are trying to block the progress of the SRP.
Aside from Garganera, Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st district) also claimed part of the SRP, while the Capitol filed a case against Cebu City officials questioning the legality of the joint venture between the City and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) on a part of the SRP.
It was also brought to Osmeña’s attention that there has been no other movement at the SRP since the City inked the deal with FLI and SM Prime Holdings Inc.
He said it would be more prudent to wait for the developments of FLI and SM before selling some of the properties in the area because prices will shoot up when progress in the area is more visible.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 21, 2011.