MMDA chairman Danilo Lim on Tuesday announced the two new members of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee following the removal of Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) head Liza Dino.
In an official statement, Lim said that the new members of the executive community are Laurice Guillen and Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso.
Guillen, an award-winning director, and actress, was the very first chair of the FDCP and is currently the president of the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc.
Lizaso, on the other hand, is a renowned actor, director and producer, who has more than 60 years of experience under his belt in theater, television and film. He is currently the chairman of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
According to Lim, he is “optimistic that this will set the ground for more constructive and productive work for the MMFF executive committee and assure the public that it has reached out to all the sectors to serve the best interest of the film industry.”
“Their track record speaks for themselves,” he said.
“The appointment of director Guillen in the MMFF execom will start a more fruitful collaboration between MMFF and Cinemalaya,” Lim added.