Award-winning Katips actors to grace sold-out special screening in Iloilo

Katips Famas best director Vince Tanada and best-supporting actor Johnrey Rivas will personally grace the special screening of the Martial Law-themed film-musical this Friday, August 19, 6 p.m., at the Festive Mall Cinema 2, Megaworld Boulevard, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The sold-out affair, also dubbed “A Red Carpet Night of Truth,” will start at 5:30 p.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and photo opportunity session with the Katips stars and their fans and supporters at the lobby area of the Festive Mall Cinema. A short “sharing of insights” will also happen inside the theater after the film has been shown. A mini-press conference with the actors shall also be held at noontime at Plated Restaurant in Q. Abeto Street, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The organizers from the Progressive Ilonggos and Lawyers Anonymous hope to “raise social awareness among the Iloilo viewers against disinformation, misinformation, fake news, and historical distortion.” It also desires to “recognize the unsung heroes of Martial Law—hoping to inspire others to continue the cause for democracy, human rights, good governance, and social justice.”

“The film will move you. It transported me back in my UP days,” said Bella Parreno Lopez, one of the Progressive Ilonggos leaders, adding, “I hope the message and relevance of Katips will move our modern-day ‘katipuneros’ and ‘katipuneras’ to continue the mission for what is true, right, and just.”

Discounted tickets were sold like hotcakes last weekend, and it was sold out barely five days after. Expected viewers come from various sectors, including students, judges and lawyers, medical practitioners, young professionals, educators, workers, and Martial Law survivors. Proceeds shall be used to support future social awareness advocacies. (Herman Lagon)