MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared September 12, 2019 to September 11, 2020 as the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema.
Duterte signed Proclamation No. 622 Thursday, declaring September 2019 to 2020 as a special year to commemorate the birth of Philippine cinema.
It was in September 12, 1919 when "Dalagang Bukid," directed by Jose Nepomuceno, premiered. It is considered the first Filipino-produced and directed feature film.
Under the proclamation, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is designated as the lead agency for the observance of the Centennial Year of Philippine Cinema.
-- report from Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News