FILM FESTIVAL. Mallers recently had the rare opportunity to view two of the award-winning films of the first Asian director to win in the Cannes Film Festival during the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival at SM City Olongapo.
The two-day event, which featured Brillantes’ groundbreaking films, namely, Thy Womb and Manoro, gathered Olongapeños from various segments of society, including the government, academe and business sectors.
Brillante, who was honored in the My City, My SM campaign, took time out from his busy schedule to talk about his films and answer questions from a new generation of film enthusiasts, who were delighted not only to view his films, but also learn about them from the director himself.
Olongapo City Vice Mayor Rodel Cerezo and some City Councilors graced the occasion together with SM officials led by SM VP for Marketing Millie Dizon and Asst. Mall Manager Bong Garcia.
The event also showcased two exhibits which displayed the movie set of Thy Womb where mallers were taken deep into the rich culture of Tawi-Tawi where all the action, drama and story unfold.
Also presented was a nostalgic showcase of Mt. Pinatubo in the mountainous part of Zambales and Tarlac, highlighting the Aetas” abode and way of life.
Some 1,000 high school and college students watched the films. Accompanied by their teachers and professors, students actively participated in the Q &A portion with Mendoza who enjoyed answering the questions.
The presence of Indigenous People and Muslims under the Indigenous People Program (IPP) and the Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) for Muslims of Olongapo City National High School(OCNHS) inspired and captured the attention of Mendoza.
“Thank you to SM for inviting our students to watch the films of Director Mendoza, its so timely because we have students under the IPP and ALIVE program,” said Nenita Mago, the IPP-ALIVE coordinator of OCNHS.
After Olongapo, the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival will also make a stop at SM City Masinag.
The Brillante Mendoza Film Festival is one of the many exciting events at SM Supermalls.(PR-SMOL)