The official celebration of the 100 years of Philippine cinema not only looks back on its glory days but salute key players in the industry.
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño revealed Sine Sandaan kicks off Sept. 12 at New Frontier Theater. It’s a night celebrating Philippine cinema’s legends, icons, luminaries, and unsung heroes with musical and entertainment extravaganza.
More than 300 of the most influential names in Philippine cinema are expected to attend. Jose Nepomuceno’s “Dalagang Bukid,” which is considered the first Filipino-produced and directed feature film, will be honored.
Liza said they will “re-face” the venue to look like Art Deco Cinema. At the press conference, she showed a rendition of the proposed design implementation of the facade of the event space, most remarkably its standalone theater concept and the large marquee signage on the cantilever roof.
Remembered for its intricate structure and viewed as a symbol of the first rise of film as a staple of Filipino culture, Art Deco Cinemas in the Philippines were prolific in the 1930s and 1950s.
She added that the New Frontier Theater is the perfect venue for Sine Sandaan as it was considered the biggest cinema in Asia when it was built in 1965, and a classic entertainment landmark in the 1960s in Cubao, Quezon City.
On the night of Sept. 12, the street of General Aguinaldo (front of New Frontier Theater) from McDonald’s to Pizza Hut stall will be closed to make way for luminaries and VIP who shall walk down the red carpet.
The presentation will be a mix of musical, song numbers, live scoring, experimental presentation, and dance numbers to be directed by singer-composer Ice Seguerra.
National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab composed music just for Sine Sandaan and there will be songs with words and lyrics by Jose Javier Reyes.
Vincent de Jesus is doing a musical titled “Ang Mundo Ng Pelikula,” while Bibeth Orteza wrote a sketch called “Si Action Star At Si Darna” as tribute to genre cinema of the Philippines.
Mike Villegas wrote a song for Regional Cinema.
The performers tapped for the event are Nyoy Volante, Bituin Escalante, Morissette Amon, and Juris Fernandez.
Liza added that one of the segments tips a hat at celebrated love teams, one of which, namely Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin, will perform.
A group of celebrities dubbed “The Bold and the Brave” will be recognized for defining how people perceived the cinema by doing roles that challenge the norms during each of their era. Some of the people on the list are Rosanna Roces, Maria Isabel Lopez, Rio Locsin, Daria Ramirez, and Divina Valencia.
The In Memoriam section of the show will honor Eddie Garcia, Fernando Poe Jr., Dolphy, Charito Solis, Nida Blanca, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Julie Vega, Mark Gil, Spanky Manikan, Bernardo Bernardo, Mona Lisa, among others.
The event will also credit the living legends like Amalia Fuentes, Robert Arevalo, Barbara Perez, Eddie Gutierrez, Rosemarie Gil, Annabelle Rama, Perla Bautista, and Eddie Mesa.
Under the Icons category are personages as Anita Linda, Susan Roces, Gloria Romero, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Jaclyn Jose, Joseph Estrada, Christopher de Leon, Aga Muhlach, Celia Rodriguez, Cherie Gil, Ai Ai delas Alas, Vic Sotto, Vice Ganda, and Robin Padilla.
More than the stars, people behind the cameras will also be acknowledged — from the scriptwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, musical scorers, production designers, and technical crews.
In fact, among the Visionaries — or the directors who had given life to different stories and become box-office and critically-acclaimed in their field — are the likes of Joel Lamangan, Jose Javier Reyes, Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Olivia Lamasan, Cathy Garcia-Molina, Rory Quintos, and Antoinette Jadaone.
Film outfits like Regal Entertainment, Viva Films, Star Cinema, Sampaguita Pictures, LVN Pictures, and GMA Films will be honored. As well as the cinemas like the Capitol Theater in Escolta established in the 1930s, the Ideal Theater which was a popular movie house until its closure in the 1970s, and the Life Theater in Quiapo established in the 1940s.
The most memorable movie theme songs of the century — “Bituin Walang Ningning,” “Blue Jeans,” Maalala Mo Kaya,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” and “Dahil Sa Iyo” — will be featured.
Liza said a pre-cocktail event, attended by luminaries, will he held at Novotel Hotel then a limousine will fetch and bring them to the red carpet at New Frontier Theater.
Sine Sandaan is co-presented by CMB Film Services and ABS-CBN and supported through the FDCP’s strengthened partnerships with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Araneta Group, and Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP).
As a nationwide celebration, ABS-CBN Network will be working with FDCP on the coverage and broadcast of the event.
The festivity for Philippine Cinema’s centennial year will be followed by the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) 2019 from Sept. 13. It is a week-long exclusive screening of Filipino genre films.