Bong Go suggests MMFF be held twice a year

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2019 04:50 PM

MANILA -- Sen. Bong Go on Thursday proposed that the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) be held twice a year.

Go announced his proposal as he was inducted as a new member of the executive committee of the MMFF, an annual film festival managed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

The MMFF starts every December 25 and ends on the first week of January of the following year. During this period, only Filipino films participating in the festival are exclusively shown in cinemas.

“As a senator, iniisip ko paano tayo makakatulong sa mga Filipino artists natin. Napansin ko, tuwing Disyembre ay inaabangan talaga itong MMFF hindi lang sa Metro Manila pati na rin sa mga probinsya,” Go said.

“Ang suggestion ko po para makatulong, with your permission and approval ay maging twice a year po ang MMFF kung kakayanin po ng inyong resources at panahon niyo, panahon natin lahat. Magtulungan tayo.”

Go said he will support bills that would uplift the conditions of people working in the entertainment industry.

“Marami po akong kaibigan na artista at marami po silang hinaing na gustong iparating sa akin. Sabi nila, kapag maging senador ako, tulungan ko sila makapagpasa ng mga batas na makatutulong sa protesksyon ng mga manggagawa ng pelikulang Pilipino,” he said.