Brillante Mendoza to Filipinos: Excel in your field, give back to PH thru talent

MANILA-- Award-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza urged Filipinos to do good in their respective fields and use their talents to give back to the country.

He made the statement in relation to his directing of President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives on Monday.

In an exclusive interview with PNA, Mendoza said directing the SONA is his way of giving back and contributing to the nation's development.

"Kung filmmaker ka, magpakatotoo ka at gamitin mo ang talent mo to give back to your country, to give honor to your country, you do good as a person and as a director," Mendoza said.

Contrary to last year's SONA, Mendoza said he won't be using extraordinary shots that have caught the attention of viewers, stressing that he wants the people to focus on Pres. Duterte's message.

"Wala nang shooting up anymore. We don't want people to discuss about my shots. We want people to discuss what the President has to say. Not on my direction or shots," Mendoza said.

"Basically I want to capture the President like what I do in the past. 'Yung kanyang genuine sincerity with his message. It's not just within the script, but the genuine message to the people that he wants change, that he wants corruption to stop, and yung lahat ng kanyang advocacy, he added.

Mendoza is an independent film director whose works garnered awards in various international film festivals. Among his prized works are 'Taklub', 'Thy Womb' and 'Kinatay'.

Source: Philippines News Agency