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Imee of the arts

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JUST A THOUGHT: “He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” – Confucius

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SAD FOR NORA: First, she’s greatly disappointed by the second delisting of Nora Aunor as one of this year’s National Artists.

She thinks it is grossly unfair.

In a conversation with media in time for her 63rd birthday (Nov. 12), Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos also said there is need to initiate a system of incentives not only for quality films but also for those who receive awards from local and international film festivals.

She added that athletes and students who win abroad are given cash and other rewards, yet “we ignore film makers, song writers and furniture designers.”

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IMEE Marcos

IMEE Marcos

FOR CREATIVE PHILIPPINES: There is no doubt, Imee Marcos says, that Filipinos are great artists.

The Filipino, she said, may not be the world’s athlete or the best scientist, but where the arts are concerned, such fact cannot be contested.

She amplified her desire to expand what she calls the antiquated and inadequate legislation governing local entertainment industry.

In the run-up to the Metro Manila Film Festival this December, Gov. Marcos said there is an urgent need to restructure the guidelines embracing the country’s creative profession into one overarching framework as part of nation building.

The charter she envisions will encompass not only the traditional radio, film and television media but also new platforms such as games and toys development, social media and digital communications.

It will also update and streamline regulatory bodies such as Film Development Council of the Philippines, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, and Optical Media Board.

Gov. Marcos also believes that a review of the burdensome tax rates being levied against movie producers is also necessary.

Marcos served as Director General of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines from 1981 to 1986. ECP produced critically-acclaimed films (“Himala,” “Oro Plata Mata,” “Soltero”), now considered Filipino movie classics.