By The Manila Times — 17.06.19
In line with the celebration of “Sandaan: the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema” the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will honor the contributions of veteran actress Anita Linda to Philippine cinema at the “Sandaan: Dunong ng Isang Ina” event today, 2:30 p.m. at Cinematheque Centre Manila.
In the proceedings, the actress will be given an achievement award for her contributions as an actress and mentor to the film industry. “The Life of Anita Linda: An Exhibit” will also be inaugurated today at the Cinematheque highlighting the various stages of her life as an actress, including her notable films and roles, as well as memorabilia from her life and career.
“Anita Linda is truly a legend in the industry, and she has helped mold Philippine cinema through her contributions over the decades. She has been gifting us with her brilliant acting performances and has been serving as a pillar for generations,” said FDCP Chairman and CEO Mary Liza Diño.
“Not only her many roles over the years, but also her guidance and mentorship behind the camera have empowered women and have given them the voice that promotes strength, grace, and compassion,” she added.
Anita Linda, or Alice Lake, made a name for herself in her evolution from a romantic lead in her youth to her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles which received critical acclaim. She also appeared in various Filipino films, including “Presa” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. “Sisa” and “Ang Sawa Sa Lumang Simboryo” by Gerardo de Leon, and “Lola” by Brillante Mendoza.
Now 94 years old, Anita Linda is considered the oldest active actress working in the local film industry. She recently top-billed “Circa” by Adolf Alix, Jr., which won the White Light Post-Production Award at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Film Forum (HAF) last March 2019.
In 2017, FDCP named Lily Monteverde “Ina ng Pelikulang Pilipino” for her commitment and impact to the Philippine movie industry throughout the years. Meanwhile, Maria Azucena Vera-Perez Maceda, or widely known as “Manay Ichu,” was honored for her contribution in the film industry at “A Spotlight on Mothers of Philippine Cinema” event held in 2018.
A free screening of the award-winning film “Adela” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. featuring Anita Linda will also be held as part of “Sandaan: Dunong ng Isang Ina.”
This story was first published here.