A groundbreaking film with an all-nurse cast aimed at celebrating 100 years of the Philippine Nurses Association was launched October 9 at a dinner event marking the centennial held at the PNA courtyard on Benitez Street, Ermita, Manila.
Dr. Carl E. Balita said his own movie production company is bankrolling the film in cooperation with the PNA, of which he remains an active member.
“My life and career have been devoted to nursing. My dream is to elevate our profession to a higher level of appreciation through this film,” he said.
Lemuel C. Lorca (Ned's Project, Intoy Shokoy ng Kalye Marino, Water Lemon, Maestra) has been tapped to direct Siglo ng Kalinga. Archie del Mundo writes the script.
Lorca described the film as a fusion between past and present, juxtaposing the experiences and lessons gleaned from the life of Anastacia Giron Tupas, who founded the Filipino Nurses Association in 1922. The FNA was to become the PNA years later.
|MOA Signing for the 'SIGLO NG KALINGA'|
Dr. Balita announced a casting call in search for real-life nurses to play lead and supporting roles in the film. They can be anywhere from 20 to 60 years old, are registered nurses, and who are willing to undergo a 5-day acting workshop.
Other activities lined up in connection with 'Siglo' are: theme song writing contest on the passion and heroism of Filipino nurses worldwide, and a poster-making contest.
Veteran nurses Mila Delia Llanes (centennial celebration overall chair) and Remedios Fernandez (historical committee chair) of the PNA expressed their full support to the film. They expressed hope that the varied stories told in the film could inspire more Filipinos to go into nursing as well as light the fire furthermore among our nurses to serve humanity.
Dr. Balita hopes to premiere Siglo ng Kalinga in April 2023 in cinemas.