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These Filipinas will bring Philippine cinema to the world

The Manila Times

FDCP Chair Liza Diño with Armi Cacanindin at the Film Ambassadors’ Night last February 27 held at the MET.

Fact — the Philippine film industry has always been a women-dominated industry. The Philippine cinema has always carried the indelible mark of the Filipina since the beginning.

Case in point — Atang dela Rama, the first woman National Artist who also starred in the first Filipino film “Dalagang Bukid.” Key positions in the industry have always been held by women — Dona Sisang led LVN Pictures to its peak while Dona Nene headed its rival production company, Sampaguita Pictures. Her daughter Marichu Vera-Perez Maceda, fondly known as Manay Ichu, also made significant contributions to the film industry including her role in the organizing of Mowelfund and the lobbying for the foundation of a national film agency that later became the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

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