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Table of Contents

Advocates for film preservation Organization Profile


Message from the President


Mission & Vision


Board Members








Support SOFIA


Member Archives

CREDITS Concept and Project Direction: Ramon Nocon Lay-out and Graphics: Marz Aglipay Portraitures and Operational Photography: Patrick Alcantara Additional Photographs: SOFIA Archives, James de la Rosa, Rodel Valiente and Simon Santos (Video 48) On cover: Sister Stella L., Sarung Banggi, & Kampanang Ginto courtesy of Simon Santos (Video 48)

Message from the President

Dear Friends, As the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film – SOFIA – enters its 20th year as an organization, we remain steadfast and renew with fervor our commitment to the cause that moves us forward: that is to advocate for the establishment of a national repository for audiovisual materials. With the current administration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), we are seeing the beginnings of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP). This is a move that we not only welcome but wholeheartedly support, for it is at long last a realization of our dream. But we are cognizant of course that this initiative is still in its infancy (although we acknowledge and congratulate them for the tremendous work that they have done so far, what with the 11,300 discreet element now in their possession — videotapes, film, audio and digital files) and that challenges still lay ahead. Thus, we at SOFIA is here to render whatever assistance may be needed – to lend a hand – in ensuring the institutionalization of the NFAP. The opportunity is upon us; time is now. In our general assembly held in February 2013, our President Emeritus, Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., posed not only a crucial question but an important challenge to our members: “How do we make SOFIA relevant again?” It is a timely clarion call, and in response we are now drawing-up projects – such as conducting film archiving workshops and the revival of our popular film screening series – with the end goal of drawing awareness not only to our organization, but more significantly to the importance of saving whatever remains of our cinematic heritage including “lost” titles still to be found. With the limited financial resources within our reach, however, jump-starting these initiatives may prove difficult. We are reaching out therefore to our friends who share in our advocacy and would like to help us in pursuing these efforts. Through this our updated organizational profile, we hope that you would get to know more about SOFIA: our history, our past programs, and our future directions. On behalf of all our members, our sincerest thanks and let us continue to work as one in the preservation of our cinematic heritage. Sincerely Yours, Mary del Pilar President


Mission Filipinos learning about themselves and the nation through their audio visual heritage.



To advocate the establishment of a National Audio Visual Archive



To professionalize AV archiving


To involve the audiovisual industry with the task of archiving


To preserve films and other AV artifacts


To promote AV archives and archiving

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To create and support documentation and research projects

To educate archivists and the public on the art of cinema and other forms of audio visual media.




Mary del Pilar ABS-CBN



Ricky Orellana Mowelfund

Ramon Nocon NCCA

Vicky Belarmino CCP

TRUSTEES Eros Arbilo, Ceasar Hernando, Teddy Co and Ronald Rios




he Society of Filipino Archivists for Film ( Samahan ng mga Filipinong Arkivista para sa Pelikula, Inc. ) or SOFIA is an SEC registered non-stock, non-profit, nongovernmental organization that is comprised of individuals from varying backgrounds – from trained archivists to film enthusiasts – that are brought together by a singular cause and purpose: to preserve our country’s cinematic heritage and to support the establishment of a national film archive. SOFIA itself does not maintain its own film archive but has, among its membership roster, different archive entities such as those under the auspices of ABS-CBN, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Mowelfund. SOFIA is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees who serve on a purely volunteer basis. A general assembly is held annually to nominate and elect the members of the board and officers for the ensuing year. Board meetings are held at least once every month where different matters pertaining to the organization is discussed at length. SOFIA is an active participant in the SEAPAVAA (Southeast Asia and Pacific Audio-Visual Archives Association), an association of audiovisual archive institution from the Southeast Asia-Pacific region, which it helped to organize.




T WAS IN 1993 WHEN THE LATE AGUSTIN “Hammy” Sotto, respected film critic and researcher, led a group of professionals – archivists, librarians and scholars – who took on the challenge of organizing what was then called the Society of Film Archivists. Sans any funds, much less its own office and archiving equipment, this intrepid lot persevered; fueled simply by their passion for film and their resolve to preserve the film heritage of the country. SOFIA then set out to identify specific needs for the retrieval and restoration of endangered films –cinematic works that were in grave danger of further decay. It also organized short-term training workshops in preservation and collection management, and offered to advice various institutions in their archiving programs. With assistance coming from the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, SOFIA was able to

program the restoration of some landmark films, including the first film produced by LVN in 19381939 and some key films by major filmmakers like Gerardo de Leon, Lamberto Avellana, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In cooperation with institutions like the Philippine Information Agency and the National Film and Sound Archive in Australia, SOFIA organized training workshops and seminars on cataloguing, film and video preservation, archives management, intellectual property rights, and a strategic planning workshop for a national audio-visual archives. Members of SOFIA have also represented the country in international seminars and conferences. In 2008, SOFIA reorganized itself as the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film — Samahan ng mga Filipinong Arkivista para sa Pelukula, Inc. — with renewed vigor, a fresh batch of members, and guided by a new mission-vision.

Joseph Estrada delivering a speech at the 1st Southeast Asia and Pacific Audio-Visual Archives Association (SEAPAVAA) conference held in Manila (1996)


1994 SOFIA authors a “Draft of a Master Plan to save the Philippines’ Film Heritage.”



The Society of Film Archivists, the precursor of the present-day SOFIA, is incorporated in June. SOFIA’s founding members include: Agustin “Hammy” Sotto (CCP), Belina “Bel” Capul and Mary del Pilar (PIA), Annella Mendoza (UP Film Center), Josephine “Jo” Atienza; Ricky Orellana and Violeta Velasco (Mowelfund); and Renato (Sonny) San Miguel.

- The SEAPAVAA or the South East Asia & Pacific Audiovisual Archives Association is formed with SOFIA playing a key role. – The first ever SEAPAVAA Conference, with the theme “Film/Video Archiving in the Tropics,” is held in Manila in February.




SOFIA reorganizes itself as the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film — Samahan ng mga Filipinong Arkivista para sa Pelukula, Inc. — with renewed vigor, a fresh batch of members, and guided by a new mission- vision.



SOFIA in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Australian Embassy as well as the National Film and Sound Archive stage the turn-over and premier of the newly-restored print of Giliw Ko, LVN Pictures' first film.

SOFIA and the Advertising Foundation of the Philippines forge a partnership towards the airing of “Sine Ginto” on PTV Channel 4, which shall showcase restored Filipino films classics.

The “Overlooked Films, Underrated Filmmakers” film screening series is launched at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the film “Krimen: Kayo ang Humatol.” Gina Pareño is guest of honor.

SOFIA members undergo extensive one month training in film archiving at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, Australia.

A strategic planning workshop is held at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay to set future directions of the organization.


A training seminar on the preservation of Audio Visual materials is conducted at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).


SOFIA scouts for an appropriate site for a permanent archive facility with the help from consultants from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia – Mark Nizette and Guy Petherbridge. After careful consideration, a property within the National Art Center in Mount Makiling was selected.


TIMELINE Hammy Sotto participates in the 1st Filipino Film Festival held from July 31 to August 20 at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, where a landmark selection of films were screened in time of the Philippine Centennial Celebration.

SOFIA marks the 11th year of its founding through a festival of restored films – UkayUkay: Where's the Archive? Among the titles in the program are Biaya ng Lupa (1959), Sanda Wong (1955) and Passionate Strangers (1966).

RONWALDO REYES RETROSPECTIVE: A Tribute to National Artist Fernando Poe, Jr. is held as part of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival with SOFIA acting as programmer and curator.

Screening of 1934 film “Brides of Sulu” during the 5th Silent Film Festival




f the eight thousand or so movies produced since the advent of movie-making in the Philippines at the turn of the century, only three thousand are still in existence while the other five thousand are irretrievably lost, never to be seen again by audiences. Of those still extant, a number are already in precarious condition and exhibiting different stages of deterioration. It is against this backdrop that SOFIA has been tirelessly working, through the years, on educating the public on the importance of film archiving; believing that, as stated in our mission-vision, we can learn more about ourselves as Filipinos through our audiovisual heritage. Additionally, SOFIA has also been proactive in campaigning for the establishment of a National Audio Visual archive, a State-initiated centralized facility where various elements – film, tapes, audio files etc. – can be properly stored and subsequently made available to moviegoers. Thus, in light of the recent founding and operation of the National Film Archives of the Philippines (NFAP), under the auspices of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), SOFIA is here to lend its full and unequivocal support to this endeavor, and is ready to render whatever assistance may be needed. Our unwaivering commitment to this advocacy is best expressed by the words of our President Emeritus, Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.: “The Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA) will not merely be an interested bystander. It will continue to actively support the national archive and work towards creating awareness among industry people and the public about the value of developing a culture that values its audio visual heritage. There is no overestimating what a proud people can do.” Film stills and posters courtesy of James de la Rosa



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RESTORED FILMS 1. Giliw Ko (1939) by Carlos Vander Tolosa 2. Tunay na Ina (1939) by Octavio Silos 3. Sanda Wong (1955) by Gerry de Leon 4. Maalaala Mo Kaya? (1954) by Mar S. Torres 5. Jack N Jill (1954) by Mar S. Torres

6. MN (1954) 7. Dalagang Ilokana (1954) by Olive la Torre 8. Noli me Tangere (1961) by Gerry de Leon 9. Banta ng Kahapon (1977) by Eddie Romero 10. White Slavery (1985) by Lino Brocka



Photo Credit: Rodel Valiente


Gina Pareño answering questions for the audience during the screening of “Krimen: Kayo ang Humatol”

Photo Credit: Simon Santos

Elwood Perez, Roselle Monteverde, Snooky Serna and Mother Lily during the special screening of “Summer Love”


Danny Zialcita, Liberty Ilagan and SOFIA members share a light moment during the screening of Masquerade

Dr. Doy del Mundo Jr. and Gina Pareño during the screening of “Krimen: Kayo ang Humatol”

Marissa Delgado, Amalia Fuentes and Boots Anson-Roa during the screening of Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae


he National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of Philippines with the assistance of the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film mount the year-long celebration of the Centennial of National Artist for Film, Gerardo de Leon which includes film screenings, forums, and the publication of a book in 2014.





1.) Robert Arevalo reminisces working with his uncle National Artist Gerardo de Leon. His father Tito Arevalo (Gerardo’s brother) scored music in most of de Leon’s films. 2.) NCCA Cinema Committee Chair Dr. Mike Rapatan, NCCA Exec. Director Emelita V. Almosara, Ms.. Liberty Ilagan, Philpost Chair Cesar Sarino, and NCCA Chair Felipe de Leon during the unveiling of the Gerardo de Leon commemorative stamp. 3.) A bevy of stars and personalities graced the GERARDO DE LEON @ 100 launch: Julie de Vega, Ben Avancena, Imelda Ilanan, Annabelle Santiago, Pepito Rodriguez, Gloria Sevilla, Mario Hernando, Elsa Payumo, Marita Zobel, Pempe Rodrigo, and Luz Valdez. 4.) Liberty Ilagan, eldest daugher of Gerardo de Leon, delivers the response on behalf of the de Leon family.

Giliw Ko restored version premiere (1998)

Support SOFIA

The cause of preserving our audio-visual heritage is an undertaking that involves not only time and effort but also the necessary financial support. SOFIA, as a non-profit, non-governmental organization, cannot do it alone. We actively seek support for our programs from those who believe in our advocacy. Through your generosity, we can continue to pursue our efforts in areas such as education and awareness building, film appreciation via film screenings, film archiving workshops and training seminars, and the preservation and restoration of films.. If you’re interested in being a patron of SOFIA and would like to make a contribution either as an individual or as an institution, or if you’d like to be a partner in any of our projects, please get in touch with us through our secretariat c/o Vicky Belaramino of the CCP Media Arts Deptartment at 832-1125 loc. 1704 to 1705. Or you may email us at



B1, ELJ Communications Center, Lopez Drive 1103, Quezon City, Philippines Telephone/Fax: 415-22-72 (loc. 5163) 410-24-55


CCP Complex, Tanghalang Pambansa, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines Tel. 832-1125 loc. 1704 to 1705


66 Rosario Drive, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines (632) 727-1915


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