The heritage building will become a home for the country’s archives in cinema and film.
On September 27, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that a new film heritage building will rise in the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. The building will be located along Sta. Lucia Street.
The designated 800 square meter lot will house a cinematheque, film museum, gallery, film and media library, film storage vaults, and film restoration room. It will also become the new headquarters of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
DOT Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco expressed that they hope the project will attract filmmakers to consider filming in the Philippines. They also foresee that it will serve to provide employment and livelihood to Filipinos.
“Film has the power to distill these moments, memories, and vestiges of our culture into an art form that can be fully appreciated by our fellow Filipinos and the world,” said Frasco. “And therefore, it makes sense for us to support as much as we can, this thriving industry.”
Meanwhile, TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid said that the project signifies the government’s “commitment to preserving our cinematic legacy.” He said that it will also amplify “the allure of Intramuros as a prime tourist destination in Manila.”
“It enhances the experience of what this iconic site can offer, making our history and culture even more accessible and engaging,” he continued.
Banner image by Ray in Manila via Wikimedia Commons.