Celine Pialago To PDCF Chairwoman Liza Diño: “Ang MMFF nga po belongs to MMDA”
CELINE PIALAGO – MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago recently made a post on social media, telling PDCF Chairwoman Liza Diño that the MMFF belongs to MMDA.
She posted two photos on Facebook which contained the letter proposal of the Film Development Council of the Philippines or FDCP..
In the letter addressed to the Office of the President, the FDCP made a request to give the Metro Manila Film Festival an entire two-week run in cinemas nationwide.
The Metro Manila Film Festival is an annual event which is held every Dewcember. It was created in 1994 by the MMDA in order to give local films a run of movie theaters free from competition against foreign films.
This leaves MMDA in charge of the management and implementation
FDCP also reiterated that its function is to “formulate and implement policies and programs to upgrade the craft of filmmaking”, as well as to create and empower film festivals.
FDCP said that on the other hand, MMDA’s main function is “planning, monitoring, coordinating functions, and exercising regulatory and supervisory authority in the delivery of metro wide services within Metro Manila”, pointing out that its mandate “does not include any reference to films and filmmaking in general,”
This is the basis as to why, as FDCP chairwoman Liza Diño-Seguerra said, the transfer of the MMFF to them is “Inevitable.”
In response, Pialago still stands that the MMFF still belongs to the MMDA.
The MMDA spokesperson also gave an advice to Diño to fix their “Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino” before they set eyes on the MMFF.
Here is the said post on Facebook.
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