On Wednesday, singer-dancer and blogger Mocha Uson gave a brief statement in Malacañang, promoting this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
In a story by pep.com, Mocha Uson was called the ambassadress of the MMFF by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and MMFF over-all chairman Tim Orbos. This was made official during the Metro Manila Film Festival grand press conference held last December 15.
"Ang gagawin ko naman dito ay paiingayin ko po sa social media at hihikayatin ko yung mga kababayan natin na suportahan po yung pagbabago dito sa MMFF," she told PEP.
A staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, Uson said she will promote the festival via social media.
"Tutulong po ako sa social media at sa iba pang paran para hikayatin ang ating mga kababayan," she said.
The sexy star also reminded the public to unite in the service of the country – and not be divided over opinion.
"Natural lang po na magkaroon ng bangayan sa social media pagdating sa iba’t ibang issue at mga opiniyon natin, ngunit pagdating po sa pagtulong sa ating bayan, dapat po tayong magkaisa," she added.
This year's MMFF will feature indie films that Uson urged the public to watch. She called for a change and support in the Filipino independent film industry; which has many talented yet underappreciated film makers.
"Ngayon taon na po ang pagbabago. At kailangan din po natin ng pagbabago sa film industry po natin. Marami pong magagaling na mga film makers, ngunit hindi po ito nabibigyan ng suporta ng ating gobyerno at ng masang Pilipino. Ngunit ngayong may opportunity na po, na suportahan, na sinusuportahan na po sila ng gobyerno, kailangan pong tangkilikin din ang mga films dito sa MMFF ng masang Pilipino," she said.
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson and member of the MMFF Executive Committee Liza Diño-Seguerra revealed during the same briefing that the MMFF's goal has always been to showcase these films with different themes resonant with Filipinos.
"It’s a unifying, very diverse yet concerted efforts ang ginagawa ng lahat ng mga entries." Seguerra said, referring to this year’s entries.
"And it’s really a landmark opportunity for our independent film producers to have the exposure and the platform to showcase their films, especially this Christmas season. Alam naman po natin na malaking advantage po talaga kapag ang film festival natin ay talagang para lang po sa mga local films," she added.
She said that the goal of the 2016 MMFF was to provide a platform for these indie movies that show unique stories with different themes to the Filipino audience.
"Yun naman po talaga ‘yung goal natin ngayon. It’s really to develop the audience and bigyan sila ng opportunity para makakita pa ng iba’t ibang tema, pagdating po sa mga pelikula na meron ang ating bansa," Seguerra said.
"I think this opportunity to open this film festival for all, and really concentrate on artistic excellence is a good move for the Metro Manila Film Fest." she added
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