Screening of Films from the "Golden Age of Philippine Cinema" held at Korean Film Archives, 28 May to 12 June

By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, SEOUL

20 June 2024, Seoul. The Korean Film Archives (KOFA) together with the Philippine Embassy in Korea presented a series of film screenings dubbed "Golden Age of Philippine Cinema" as part of the commemorative events for the celebration of 75 years of Philippines-Korea relations from 28 May to 12 June 2024 at the KOFA Cinematheque in Seoul.

(Left Photo: Ambassador Ma. Theresa B. Dizon-De Vega and KOFA Director Kim Hong Joon. Right photo: Film enthusiasts attending the Opening Ceremony and Reception at the KOFA Cinema.)
The festival featured nine (9) classic Filipino films produced by LVN Pictures and newly-restored and enhanced by ABS-CBN Inc. The films screened included "Sumpaan", "Malvarosa", "Giliw Ko", "Mutya ng Pasig", "Triplets", "Ibong Adarna", "Badjao: The Sea Gypsies", "Anak Dalita" and "Biyaya ng Lupa".

The opening ceremony was held on 28 May with messages by Philippine Ambassador to Korea Theresa Dizon-De Vega who welcomed the guests and viewers to the screenings and thanked the KOFA for "helping to bring these films to a wider audience in Korea" as they present "insights into the culture and society in the Philippines through the film medium". KOFA Director Kim Hong Joon likewise shared that KOFA was pleased to realize this project to introduce classic Philippine cinema from the mid-20th century to a young generation of filmgoers, enthusiasts, and experts.

A special talk on the golden age of Philippine Cinema was likewise held on 08 June 2024 featuring one of the foremost experts on Philippine film, Dr. Joel David of Inha University, Korea and Founding Director of the U.P. Film Institute. END