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Film directors join forces for Project Saysay

Images courtesy of IMDb, ABS-CBN, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Film Directors Laurenti Dyogi, Jason Paul Laxamana, and ABS-CBN’s Dreamscape Entertainment Head Deo Endrinal are the new benefactors of Project Saysay.

Dyogi has chosen as beneficiary of his sponsored Project Saysay prints the classrooms of his alma mater, Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Laxamana, on the other hand, will sponsor portraits of Kapampangan historical figures such as nationalist playwright Aurelio Tolentino of Guagua, Pampanga.

Born in San Fernando, Pampanga, Laxamana will also commission for Project Saysay the portrait of Bambalito, the young Muslim captain from the ancient Muslim community of Macabebe (now a town in Pampanga) who led the first natives to resist the Spanish invaders on Luzon on 3 June 1571. It will be printed by Project Saysay specially for Pampanga schools.

In 2016, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines ruled out that the name Bambalito was Hispanic than Philippine, thus approved a historical marker without a name for the honoree. Since its founding in 2013, Project Saysay has been commemorating this nameless hero. The advocacy was founded in Macabebe by Ian Christopher Alfonso, Project Saysay's immediate past Executive Director. To further honor the hero, Project Saysay collaborated with Holy Angel University Animation Program in coming up with the animated Philippine history lesson entitled “The Nameless Hero.” It is also the title of the maiden publication of Project Saysay off the press soon.

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