Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Philipine Cinema: A Time to Celebrate, A Time to Mourn

While everyone is still experiencing a one-of-a-kind high for the recent accolades brought by Filipino directors and filmmakers, at the same time, Pinoys can't help but mourn for the untimely loss of famous local director Wenn Deramas .

The past week has brought about triumphs and recognition for Filipino talent, which has been recognized globally. First, it was Lav Diaz  at the Berlin Film Festival, who won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Award for his 9-hour epic "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis" (A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery). It created quite a stir amongst international film viewers and critics alike.  Then comes Oscar Academy Awards of the USA which happened amidst a flurry of anticipated winners like Leonardo di Caprio. Again,Filipino talent shone during that night with the unanimous win of the animated film "Inside Out". The co-director of this flick is a Filipino, Ronnie del Carmen . All these make us all proud to be Filipino and there is a reason to celebrate the triumphs of these creative geniuses. 

Alas, while everyone is hyped up with their success the entire filmlandia and film buffs all over the country are in dismal spirits. Just yesterday, Feb. 29, Philippine cinema lost one of its recognized young movers of the local film industry. Direk Wenn Deramas (full name: Edwin Villanes Deramas) succumbed to cardiac arrest at around 6 am. Friends and relatives in and around showbiz expressed their shock and disbelief for his untimely demise. Deramas started his career as writer and later as director for television series and ultimately, films, of which, most of them went on to become box-office hits. Actors and actresses paid homage and all were deeply saddened. He will always be remembered for the comedy films that he directed and which left their mark etched forever in Philippine cinema. 

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