Legarda Lauds Creation of National Film Archives

Senator Loren Legarda hailed the creation of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP) as nations celebrated the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27, stressing that Filipino-produced films and other audiovisual recordings form part of the country’s rich heritage.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that Filipino films not only show a glimpse of the country’s history and culture but also showcases the rich talent of Filipinos like Atang dela Rama, Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, and Ishmael Bernal, who are among the Philippines’ National Artists for Theater and Cinema.

“Film is a huge part of our cultural and national heritage. Many of these works of art depict the Filipinos’ way of life. It is also a medium of communication which our talented directors, screen writers, actors, and film-related professionals use to narrate parts of our history,” she explained.

“It is therefore lamentable that many of these films are no longer extant, which is why we welcome the effort of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to push for the establishment of the National Film Archives of the Philippines,” she added.

The Senator noted that according to the archiving officer of the NFAP, of the estimated 8,000 Filipino films produced since 1919, only about 3,000 are extant, some of which are even in poor condition.

The FDCP aims to preserve what is left of these films, including the present Filipino movies that are being produced, through the NFAP, which will serve as the repository of these works.

“Audiovisual recordings are not just forms of entertainment, they also narrate stories that we can relate to and serve as anecdotes of our past, present, and sometimes even our future society. The preservation of these masterpieces is as important as protecting and promoting our indigenous peoples’ chants, dances, rituals and other forms of art,” Legarda concluded.***




  • This is a great thrust for our culture and arts. For far too long have some of the greatest films in our local history been lost in the annals of time due to poor archiving. This will be a great way for us to preserve the wonders of our local films

  • jonescup

    Maraming salamat naman at naisip na ring gawin ito. Hindi na mawalay ang mga pelikula at kung anu ano pang mga dokumentaryong makabuluhan!

  • rochellefernandez70

    Let us support Filipino movies and show the world how creative we are! Thank you Sen Loren Legarda for your support to artistry.

  • DoubleDleon

    There is no doubt in my mind that the preservation of films and other such things is historically significant. There will now be concrete evidence of creativity that will define the richness of our history.

  • jeffersonsegui

    Thank you Sen Loren Legarda for promoting Filipino films!

  • constantine00

    Maraming salamat po Loren Legarda at nakikita nyo po ang ang talento ng mga Pilipino sa paggawa ng pelikula.

  • GeneOhPadilla

    Astig talaga ang gawang Pinoy! Maraming salamat Senator Legarda!

  • PoopSpa

    The preservation of these masterpieces is as important as protecting and promoting our indigenous peoples’ chants, dances, rituals and other forms of art,” Legarda concluded.*** Your the best Senator Legarda!

  • Tortillos

    thanks loren legarda for being proud of our filipino crafts!

  • meowawaw

    malaking tulong to para malaman ng mga ibang lahi galing ng mga pilipino,salamat loren legarda!

  • Katarata

    Im proud being a Filipino and im proud of you Senator Loren!Good job!