Costanilla: Open forum on Cebuano film

CONCERT. The Blessed Sacrament Parish on Gaisano St. at the North Reclamation area this city is so lucky to have an assistant parish priest who has earned the monicker “The Singing Priest from New Zealand.” Fr. Nilo Resco MSP is out to prove to one and all that he has the ability to entertain the general public with his impressive vocal prowess. But that is only the secondary reason why Fr. Resco is staging a concert next month here. The major reason is that he wants to raise funds for the construction of the new parish pastoral center, which the parishioners have long been dreaming of.

Incidentally, the evening show—to be held on May 2 at the JSU/PSU Mariners’ Court within the Associated Labor Unions compound at the port area—coincides with the parish’s 47th founding anniversary.

Talents. The singing priest vows to put up a truly delightful presentation with the help of former Pinoy Dream Academy scholar Apple Abarquez, one of Cebu’s prettiest faces. But this lady is not just beautiful, she is also a witty program host and a concert star in her own right. I should know because we have been hosting the yearly Cebu Popular Music Festival and worked together on the annual Sinulog Idol singing competition, she as one of the judges. Other talents that will support Fr. Resco are some of the previous winners of Sinulog Idol as well as a number of other homegrown performers that also deserve the spotlight.

Noble. I am endorsing this concert to the general public if only for its noble intention. Your watching the event means a lot to the parish that has been facing the challenge of expansion and the lack of resources to accomplish it. Let us help Fr. Resco and his parishioners achieve this dream by watching his concert. You may call 416 6428 for reservation.

Forum. On May 20, there will be an open forum on the Cebuano film industry and I am inviting all those interested to know what it’s all about. It’s open to the public, according to my good friend Crispo Mojica, founder and program director of the Manila-based International Institute for Film & Broadcast Arts. He himself will come over to conduct the forum titled “Dig Deep.” The Cebu Filmmakers’ Club, chaired by another good friend, Albert Chan Paran, is coordinating with Mojica in conducting the forum from 5-9 p.m. at Handuraw Pizza near Harold’s Hotel on Gorordo Ave.

Discussion. It is never too late to engage in an extensive discussion regarding the Cebuano film industry. And I commend Mojica for his genuine concern on this, despite his being a non-Cebuano. The institute that he is heading could play a very vital role in our dream of eventually reviving the Cebuano movie business. Cebu has a surplus of talents—they should stay here and help this dream come true.
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