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July 25.2011_Inclusion of Philippine Cinema Appreciation

July 25.2011_Inclusion of Philippine Cinema Appreciation

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NR # 2476
 JULY 25, 2011
Inclusion of Philippine cinema appreciationin high school curriculum pushed
A lawmaker representing the youth sector has moved to boost the country’s culturaland social identity by raising the Filipino youth’s level of awareness and appreciation of Philippine Cinema.Rep. Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) filed House Bill 4576, to be knownas the “Philippine Cinema Appreciation Act for High School Students,” which mandatesthe Department of Education (DepEd) to include in the high school curriculum themandatory instruction of Philippine cinema appreciation.Palatino said that with Philippine cinema appreciation as part of the curriculum, theyouth will be given an opportunity to appreciate Filipino films as a collective body of artistic creations that enhance and reflect the cultural and social identity of the nation.In filing the bill, Palatino said an important aspect of any national heritage andculture is the nation’s cinema, which is loosely defined as a country’s body of films thatrepresents the social and cultural identity of its people.“Throughout this century, the film medium has been an important means of reflecting the life of our nation through various genres that depict the lives of Filipinos,”Palatino said.“At a time when our youth are increasingly being bombarded by the influence of foreign films, the introduction of Philippine cinema appreciation becomes moreimperative and urgent,” Palatino stressed.According to Palatino, “Philippine cinema should be taught in schools, just likePhilippine literature classics like
 Noli Me Tangere
 El Filibusterismo
, among others,are taught as a means of promoting and preserving one aspect of Filipino cultural heritageand history.”“The promotion of Filipino culture is an integral part of nation building. A genuinenational policy on the promotion of Filipino cultural heritage therefore, cannot existwithout the inclusion of Philippine cinema development and appreciation as an integral part thereof,” Palatino said.In emphasizing the urgency of the bill, Palatino cited that the present economicconditions, like market forces, cost of production and the lack of government support have

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