It was a night of celebration with music, visuals, and warm company among the local film industry as the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) held its Film Ambassadors’ Night last February 10 at Samsung Hall, Taguig City.
Film Ambassadors' Night 2019 Arch
Dexter Macaraeg, Pokwang, Lee O'Brian, Kathryn Bernardo and Dido de la Paz
Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Hon. Karlo Nograles, Marga Nograles, FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño, and ambassadors
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño giving welcome remarks
Pokwang and Lee O' Brian
Jun Lana and Perci Intalan
Leo Martinez and Joey Romero
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and Ricky Davao
Film Ambassadors' Night attendees at Samsung Hall's lounge area
Started off by a networking hour before the main program for awarding the honorees who brought honor to the country by winning in film festivals around the world, the Film Ambassadors’ Night brought together eighty-nine (89) films, filmmakers, and artists of the industry with special guests and movers of Philippine cinema.
Honorees for short film category (actors)
Honorees for full-length category (actors)
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and Nervous Translation lead actress Jana Agoncillo
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and the Respeto team (Producer Coreen "Monster" Jimenez, director Treb Monteras II, supporting actor Dido de la Paz, and lead actor Abra)
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and Alpha, The Right to Kill actors Allen Dizon and Baron Geisler
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and the A-Listers (Baron Geisler and Allen Dizon from Alpha, The Right to Kill, Jana Agoncillo from Nervous Translation, and Dido de la Paz, Coreen "Monster" Jimenez, Treb Monteras II, and Abra from Respeto)
FDCP honored films that garnered awards from A-list film festivals, including Shireen Seno’s Nervous Translation, Treb Monteras II’s Respeto, and Brillante Mendoza’s Alpha, The Right to Kill.
Producer Bianca Balbuena
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and Bianca Balbuena
The Hows of Us lead actress Kathryn Bernardo
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and The Hows of Us producer Olivia Lamasan, lead actress Kathryn Bernardo, director Cathy Garcia-Molina, and screenwriter Carmi Raymundo
National Artist Kidlat Tahimik doing a performance art
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño and Kidlat Tahimik
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño handed the trophies to the recipients of the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence award, the highest recognition given by FDCP to exceptional members of the local film industry. National Artist Kidlat Tahimik, award-winning film producer Bianca Balbuena, box office queen Kathryn Bernardo, The Hows of Us producer Olivia Lamasan, director Cathy Garcia-Molina, and screenwriter Carmi Raymundo graced the event with their presence to personally receive their award.
Hip hop artist Abra
Abra, Celeste Legaspi, Rachel Alejandro, and Bituin Escalante performing an opening number
Yumi, Kyla, Juris, and Nar Cabico singing the Sandaan Medley
Honorees celebrated one another’s victories as they enjoyed an experiential concert featuring songs from films that were recognized that night, including “Nasaan Na Ang Anak ng Bayan” from Ang Panahon ng Halimaw performed by Bituin Escalante, “Kay Saya ng Buhay Nu'ng Araw” from Ang Larawan sang by Celeste Legaspi and Rachel Alejandro, and a song from Respeto rapped by Abra. Kai Honasan and Bayang Barrios entertained the guests with their captivating voices. Meanwhile, Nar Cabico, Kyla, Juris, Yumi, and Air Dance performed the Sandaan Medley to showcase iconic music from various Filipino movies throughout the 100 years of Philippine cinema.
FDCP Chairperson and CEO Mary Liza Diño, Bhoy Intsik actor R.S. Francisco, director Joel Lamangan, and Executive Director Wilfredo Manalang
Honorees for the Technical and Creative Awards
The Film Ambassadors' Night was directed by actor and singer-songwriter Ice Seguerra. This event officially launched the "Sandaan," the celebration of the 100 years of Philippine cinema.
Honorees for the TV Documentary category
Samsung Hall was the venue partner sponsored by Globe #PlayItRight, Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc., Fire and Ice Productions, HEA Watches, and Sinag Maynila.