FDCP film archives now fully operational
MARAWI CITY—Apart from Sineng Pambansa, another pet project of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), now fully operational in the council’s old Ortigas office.
The entire Sampaguita Pictures collection was recently turned over to the NFAP, according Briccio Santos, FDCP chair. “Roughly 200 titles are now stored for safekeeping at the temperature-controlled facility,” Santos said.
These films were produced by the Sampaguita studios during the first Golden Age of Philippine cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.
Santos said that the film inventories of the National Historical Commission, the University of the Philippines Film Institute, plus the movies of director Mike de Leon, have been deposited in the archives.
Among the films from the NHC collection are Gerry de Leon’s “Sisa,” Lamberto Avellana’s “Walang Sugat” and “El Legado,” Felix Villar’s “Heneral Paua,” Ben Pinga’s “Soul of a Fortress” and Ramon Estella’s “Ang Buhay at Pag-Ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal,” among others.