Cinematheque eyed for Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY —- To further promote the cinematic landscape of Ilocos Norte as a film destination, the Philippine Film Export Services Office (PFESO) under the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is eyeing the establishment of a cinematheque, a media hub to bring in local films to residents here.

According to Rogerio Bismonte Jr. of the Media Incentives Desk of the provincial government, representatives of the PFESO are on exploratory visit in the province’s various tourism sites while looking for a possible site to establish a local film center.

There are at least five cinematheques in the Philippines. The nearest to Laoag is in Baguio City.

Once a cinematheque is established in the province, the PFESO said it would be easier for them to promote Ilocos Norte as a film tourism destination here and abroad.

To do that, the PFESO has recommended that a local ordinance be passed in the municipal, city or provincial level for the creation of a film commission to implement this purpose.

Bismonte said the proposed film commission is also envisioned to promote the preservation of the Ilocano culture through the film industry.

Over the years, the Philippine cinematheque has played a vital role in the national cinema program of the FDCC. Designed as a alternative and accessible venue for classic and contemporary Filipino film, both mainstream and independent, cinematheque also serves as a venue for workshops and symposiums on directing, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography and all other aspects of filmmaking and to carry out film cultural exchange program with other countries.

Mandated by Executive Order (EO) No. 674 (series of 2007), the PFESO was created under FDCP to promote the country as a viable location site and post-production service provider for international filmmakers.

The office is being run with representatives from its partner agencies such as the Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Investments. Leilanie Adriano/