CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The House of Representatives is set to honor the Kapampangan film "Magkakabaung," (The Coffin Maker) which won the Best Asian Film Award at the Third Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam last November 27.
“Magkakabaung,” was produced by film writer and director Jason Paul Laxamana entirely in the Kapampangan language and shot, and tells the story of a casket factory worker, played by actor Allen Dizon, who brought up his eight-year-old daughter alone after his wife left him, and then accidentally caused the death of the girl by administering the wrong medicine.
The story which portrays the “magkakabaung’s” attempts to ease his remorse over his daughter’s death as he faces challenges in taking her body from the hospital and having her buried, also won in the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema category, beating 130 films from 32 countries.
Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo, who filed House Resolution No. 1744 commending the filmmaker, said that “Laxamana deserves all the praise and recognition for bringing pride, glory and honor to the country.”
The Hanoi win was the first international film award for Laxamana, a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and a script supervisor at Star Cinema as well as production assistant to directors Jeffrey Jeturian and Maryo J. De Los Reyes during his college days.
Dizon also won his first international Best Actor Award at the Ninth Harlem International Film Festival in New York on September 14 for his role in the film shot in Sto. Tomas town, Pampanga’s casket capital.