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SECOND PHILIPPINE FILM FESTIVAL IN SINGAPORE A SUCCESS AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC

26 November 2021, Singapore — The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), successfully concluded its Second Philippine Film Festival from 19 to 21 November 2021 at The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, along Beach Road in Singapore.

The filmfest featured two well acclaimed Filipino movies: Quezon’s Game, a historical film based on Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon’s decision to open Philippine  borders to Jewish refugees persecuted in Europe in the 1930s,and Unforgettable which highlights core Filipino values and traits.

Gracing the screening of the opening film, Quezon’s Game, was H.E. Sagi Karni, Ambassador of Israel to Singapore, and other members  of the diplomatic corps in Singapore.  Also in attendance were representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, members of the Filipino Community and Philippine Embassy personnel led by Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Joseph del Mar Yap.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Yap shared that the films featured this year were chosen because they highlighted the resilience of the human spirit and the people’s ability to triumph through perseverance, a dash of ingenuity, and with little acts of kindness and humanity shown along the way.

Quezon’s Game brought a special brand of pride for Filipinos in its portrayal of compassion during a particularly dark period in the world’s shared history. Unforgettable was a simple yet heartwarming story that showcased Filipino traits of being kind, generous, hospitable, and family-oriented.

The second and third day screenings, which featured Unforgettable, were open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis due to the limited seating capacity. Tickets were free of charge and slots were easily filled up.

The second Philippine Film Festival was a fully-vaccinated event and health protocols were strictly observed inside the cinema. Like the first film festival held in 2019, it was supported by FDCP through its Philippine Embassies Assistance Program (PEAP). FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño and Quezon’s Game Director Matthew Rosen sent video messages that were shown during the opening night.

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