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Mowelfund gets new boost


JUST A THOUGHT: You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. – Unknown

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MOWELFUND’S MISSION: Despite its constant lack of funds and problems related to maintainance, the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc. (MOWELFUND) is admirable for continuing its mission to educate young filmmakers and other artists.

MOWELFUND, through Mowelfund Film Institute, (MFI), in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Office of the City Mayor, City of Quezon, CMB Film Services, Inc., and TeleNetwork Media Production held on Aug. 26 its graduation ceremony as part of its 2016 Intensive Filmmaking Workshop.

Aiza Seguerra and partner Liza Diño-Seguerra led 28 other graduates of Mowelfund Film Institute batch 2016.

Highlighting the commencement ceremony was the screening of two 20-minute shortfilms by the participants. The films are “Kidnap” (directed by Aiza Seguerra) and “IkatlongApat,” directed by another workshopper, Yves Penesa.

MFI hopes to enter the films in short-film festivals, according to MFI head, director Boy Vinarao.

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AIZA AND LIZA ARE GRADUATES: Fresh Mowelfund graduates Aiza and Liza recently assumed key positions under the Duterte administration.

Seguerra is the sitting Charman of the National Youth Commission (NYC). She is also a board member of Mowelfund since June 2016.

Liza is Chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

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The foundation, through its president, Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo, is dedicating the Erapdiorama and Joseph Estrada Hall to its founder and Chairman Emeritus.

Mayor Estrada recently made a generous donation of 500,000 pesos to augment the Foundation’s operational funds.

More recently, Regal Film’s Lily Monteverde donated one million pesosduring her birthday celebration August 19.

Mowelfund is launching several Lily Monteverde Livelihood Projects in the coming months.

Mowelfund is housed at the Mowelfund Plaza, #66 Rosario Drive corner Ilang-Ilang Street, Cubao, Quezon City.