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Tonight, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will stage the 5th Film Ambassador’s Night (FAN) online at the FDCP Channel to recognize the filmmakers and films that put Philippines in world cinema spotlight last year.

It’s a first for us to hold FAN online — we are used to having a personal gathering with warm greetings and hugs for one another as we applaud our peers for their accomplishments. However, the challenges brought about by the pandemic did not diminish the meaning of FAN for the filmmakers, artists and professionals who made cinema their way of life. If anything, it pushed us to dream bigger and perform on a higher level.

The artists and films that we are honoring tonight have given us one very significant thing — hope. For how can we lose hope if we have dedicated film ambassadors such as directors, actors, writers and technicians who are recognized by foreign award-giving bodies and established film festivals?

Gregory Slaughter [photo: PBA Images]
Gregory Slaughter [photo: PBA Images]

Rejoice basketball world! Gregory Slaughter‘s coming back to thrill the basketball world but before the “Gregzilla” lifts the hopes and aspirations of the Ginebra Nation, it’s time for us to know one of the gentle giant’s sources of strength and inspiration.

Slaughter, an Atenean, and no doubt a vital piece in the Gin Kings’ bid for supremacy is happily married to the wonderful and gorgeous Schinina, a De La Salle alumnus and logistics producer at Philippine Film Studios, Inc. Schinina’s also one of the owners of COCO Couch Clothing lines.

And this is where the name Lope V. Juban Jr., comes into this interesting story. Jun, 62, and another DLSU graduate happens to be Schinina’s father. Jun is the father-in-law of Greg.

This is what Slaughter thinks of the amiable, polo-loving Jun, who became the talk of the town after being named the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Awardee. It is a lifetime achievement award from the highly-respected Film Development Council of the Philippines. Juban’s film studios put Philippine cinema on the global map.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 (UPDATED) — The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has named the 62 honorees and special awardees for this year’s 5th Film Ambassadors’ Night (FAN) as well as the performers for the online event that will take place on February 28.

The FAN, an annual event spearheaded by the FDCP since 2017, recognizes Filipino film industry creatives, artists, filmmakers, and films of various formats that gained recognitions from established international film festivals and award-giving bodies in the past year. 

Leading the FAN 2021 honorees are the A-Listers, filmmakers Rafael Manuel and Lav Diaz. A-Listers pertain to those who bagged awards in prestigious A-List international film festivals as declared by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). 

“Johnny Depp was an unknown, basically. I thought he had the face of the star. He was one of the soldiers,” recalled Oliver Stone about the actor, one of many he brought to the Philippines to shoot Platoon.

In his newly released memoir, Chasing the Light, the Oscar and Golden Globe winning director pens an intimate account of his life and career so far, from his childhood, fighting in the Vietnam War, to making Platoon, including the tense preparations impacted by the People Power Revolution, and ending with the film winning the Academy best picture prize.

After more than 10 years of television hiatus, Survivor Russia will start filming in El Nido town on Thursday.

El Nido mayor Edna Gacot-Lim, in a special mayor’s permit issued, allowed the Philippine Films Studios, Inc. (PFSI) to start filming on South Guntao Island, Alfas Beach, Lagen Island, Papaya Beach, Pinagbuyutan Island, Malapacao Island, CED Estate, Danat Field, and Manlag starting January 9 until March 15.

“[They] shall strictly observe municipal laws, ordinances, and rules and regulations; [they] also have to allow municipal representatives in securing the area, maintaining peace and order, and regulating the traffic during the conduct of the activities,” the statement said.

MANILA – Israeli reality show, Survivor Israel, will return to the paradise islands of Caramoan in Camarines Sur for its 2020 season, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The show’s executive producer, Gregory Bekerman, said that he first visited Caramoan in 2009 and has, since then, decided that it is the best location for Survivor Israel.