41 directors urge Filipinos to choose ‘liwanag’ on Election Day

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There are many individuals and organizations who endorsed their Presidential candidate — from celebrities to religious groups. But recently, the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines Inc. (DGPI) released a video urging Filipinos to use their right to vote in the upcoming election on May 9.

The over two-minute clip presented the most prominent filmmakers in the country. Lav Diaz led the opening narration with a firm reminder, ‘Hinihingi ng panahong ito ang inyong kabayanihan, ang inyong tapang, ang inyong lakas, upang manumbalik ang tamang kamalayan, and katotohanan, and katarungan, ang pag-asa.’

The following scenes featured the qualities that the directors look for in the next Philippine president. ‘Ang making pangulo ay may takot sa Diyos,’ Jun Lana said, while Antoinette Jadaone added, ‘May respeto sa buhay ng bawat mamamayan’, and Erik Matti continued, ‘Ang aking pangulo ay tagapangtanggol ng katotohanan.’

Signed by 41 directors, they declared, ‘Ang boto namin ay walang kulay, walang partido. Ang boto namin ay para sa atin – tayong mga Pilipino. Pilipinas ang aming pangulo.’

Included in the various directors who narrated their sentiments is National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik. He asked, ‘O, ano’ng pipiliin nyo? Dilim o liwanag?’

The closing text in the video reads:  Piliin ang liwanag sa darating na eleksyon.

Below are those who were part of DGPI’s video statement:
– Lav Diaz
– Jun Robles Lana
– Antoinette Jadaone
– Erik Matti
– Joel Lamangan
– BabyRuth Villarama
– Sheron Dayoc
– Raymond Red
– DanteNico Garcia
– Will Fredo
– Kanakan Balintagos
– Jeffrey Jeturian
– Keith Sicat
– Andoy Lastrilla Ranay
– Irene Emma Villamor
– Ellen Ongkeko Marfil
– Mac Alejandre
– Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr.
– Ed Lejano
– Rica Arevalo
– Michael Angelo Dagñalan
– Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
– Quark Henares
– Dan Villegas
– Ditsi Carolino
– Treb Monteras
– Joey Javier Reyes
– Jim Meer Libiran
– Mikhail Red
– Sari Dalena
– Petersen Vargas
– Paolo Villaluna
– Carlos Siguion-Reyna
– Jay Altarejos
– Zig Dulay
– Ice Idanan
– Victor Kaiba Villanueva
– Rae Red
– Mae Cruz Alviar
– Kidlat Tahimik
– Khavn De La Cruz

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