Jay Altarejos: “If ‘Maid in Malacanang’ and ‘Katips’ are for the people, they should be shown free to the public”

It must be the dawn of a new era in Philippine cinema when a filmmaker as Joselito Altarejos, also known as Jay Altarejos (“Pink Halu-Halo,” “Ang Lalake Parola,” “Ang Lihim ni Antonio,” “Unfriend,” “Jino to Mari” etc. has mouthed courageous soundbites during his self-initiated event, “Alt-rHeroes” to celebrate his fifteen years in filmmaking at the Mowelfund last Satruday afternoon.

Kailangang gumawa na tayo ng mga pelikula para sa bayan (We need to do films for the country),” Jay exclaimed.

Altarejos reiterated his newly coined mantra: “Free Cinema, Free the Cinema” which called for a total autonomy of the local movie industry to the point of being profitless.

All his three signature films, namely, “Ang Lalake sa Parola,” “Jino to Mari” and “Walang Kasarian ang Digmang Bayan” were screened free to the public, another context of what “free cinema” is.

In one of Altarejos’ passionate speeches, he said that Filipinos movies for Filipinos should be accessible to the movie-going public.

Jay emphatically said that the Filipinos should benefit from film showings.

Kung talagang para sa bayan ang ‘Maid in Malacanang’ at ‘Katips,’ dapat ay libre ang mga ito para sa mga manonood (If ‘Maid in Malacanang’ and ‘Katips’ are for the people, it should be screen free to the public),”      

During his retrospective, he offered free food and drinks to the guests which included the general public, critics, women’s groups, entertainment press, movie stars, colleagues, kith and kin etc.

“We need to remember the past, the movies because in remembering, we are honoring them,” he quipped.

Jay’s latest outing, “Memories of a Love Story,” a Vivamax project was scheduled to be shown in advance but it didn’t meet its deadline but several of his stars were around to speak about the unfinished film which is slated to stream in Vivamax anytime soon. 

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