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Brillante Mendoza directs Duterte’s SONA production again pro bono

Brillante Mendoza directs Duterte’s SONA production again pro bono

Martin Andanar, Brillante Mendoza
Martin Andanar, Brillante Mendoza

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has tapped Brillante Mendoza to direct the production of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the second time. Like in 2016, the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director is offering his service again pro bono.

 

At first, Andanar was hesitant to ask Mendoza again to direct the SONA production. The PCOO Secretary thought the director would charge a huge talent fee.

 

On July 17, Mendoza conducted his first ocular inspection at the Batasang Pambansa compound. The director and his team will occupy one of the booths in the area, where a mini studio had been set up.

 

On July 20, Duterte started rehearsing his second SONA. He will deliver his speech without a teleprompter as he had to resort to ad libs after having trouble reading his speech from the device in 2016.

 

Mendoza received the copy of Duterte’s SONA 2017 speech on July 24, Monday, hours before the President delivers it. The director reviewed the speech to decide the portions where he can show photos related to the topic.

 

Duterte is expected to arrive at the Batasang Pambansa at around 3:30 pm and deliver his second SONA at 4:00 p.m. The theme of his speech is “A Comfortable Life for All.”

 

In Duterte’s SONA 2017, he is expected to submit the 3.767 trillion pesos national budget proposed by his administration for 2018. Much of the budget will be allotted for education, health care and infrastructure development.

 

To follow security measures and maintain the solemnity of the occasion, no camera operators are allowed on the floor of the Plenary Hall of the Batasang Pambansa. Mendoza will use 16 to 18 cameras including a robotic camera as well as long-range, zoom cameras to be positioned in front of the podium.

 

The PCOO will assign sign language interpreter for those with hearing impairment. Former president Benigno Aquino III will not attend the event like in 2016.

 

In 2016, Andanar was one of the students of the third installment of Brillante Mendoza Film Workshop (BMFW). Among his classmates were Daniel Palacio, Vanju Alvaira, Amen Clavio, Nimrod Sarmiento, Dexter Macaraeg, Adrianne Mendoza, Noel Perez and Conan Altatis.

Brillante Mendoza
Brillante Mendoza
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Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

Award-winning director covers DU30’S SONA

The State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte tackled numerous topics, starting with previous governments faults to unilateral ceasefire and human rights, even global warming.

But the highlight of the president’s SONA was none other than crimes, most specifically drugs, the pushers and users. And how the drug lords aren’t here in the country but outside the Philippines. He talked about programs that would help stop the use of drugs, stating that, “The reservists will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government.”

From the moment he started campaigning to the present time, drug related stories have been all over the news. With that being said, acclaimed director, fresh from Cannes 2016 film festival, Brillante Mendoza stepped up and offered to cover the presidents SONA for free.

(Photo Courtesy of Carlo Valenzona)

His film Ma’Rosa, that bagged Jaclyn Jose her Best Actress award, can be related to what DU30 aims to resolve as one of this countries problem.

This years SONA is unlike any other, as the director said in his previous interviews that he wishes to show the real Duterte. Showing off some camera angles that caught a lot of the viewers attention, when asked about his chosen angles, Mendoza said, “It shows power, and we want to show power, we want to show a powerful president, di ba? Yun ang kanyang mensahe. That he’s in control and that he knows what he’s talking [about]. So pag ganun yung shot it means power. Maaaring hindi pa yun nakikita pero psychologically yun yung mararamdaman ng tao.”

(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
(With his two assistants, Line Producer, Carlo Valenzona and Protege, Raymund Gutierrez)
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