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PIA holds screening of 1939 Pinoy movies for World AV Day on October 27

by Victoria Bejerano

Quezon City (23 October) -- In celebration of the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAVH) on October 27, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will sponsor a special free screening of two restored classic films of Philippine cinema -- "Giliw Ko" (1939) and "Tunay Na Ina" (1939).

"Giliw Ko" (My Love) is the story of a country lass who dreams of a career as a professional singer. She moves to the city to pursue her dream, and instantly finds herself despairing over the encroachment of Hollywood influences that dilutes Filipino culture and values. The film stars Fernando Poe, Sr. and Mila del Sol, and is directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa.

The film was restored by PIA in collaboration with National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) of Australia. The restored film was delivered as Australia's gift to the Filipino people on the occasion of the Philippine centennial celebration in 1998. It premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines that same year.

"Tunay na Ina" (True Mother) follows the sad plight of Magdalena, a rape victim, who was forced to give away her baby daughter in order to make a fresh start. She marries her suitor, Roberto, who later finds out about her dark past and decides to send her away. Magdalena took the opportunity to look for her daughter, and finally meets Andang, the woman who adopted the child. Meanwhile, Roberto finds himself longing for Magdalena and decides to reconcile with her. Directed by Octavio Silos, the film stars Rosario Concepcion, Rudy Concepcion, Naty Bernardo and a very young Tita Duran.

The film is considered a visual documentation of the 1930s, and is one of the early "talkies" of Philippine cinema. It was successfully restored through the joint efforts of PIA, the South East Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), the Society of Film Archivists (SOFIA), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and Kodak Philippines.

Screenings will be on October 27, 2009, a Tuesday, at 10 AM for "Giliw Ko", and at 3 PM for "Tunay na Ina" at the PIA Mini-Conference Room, 3rd floor, PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. (PIA) [top]

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