Experimental Cinema of the Philippines

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Experimental Cinema of the Philippines
Founded Manila, Philippines (1982)
Key people
Imee Marcos (Director General)
Charo Santos-Concio (Producer)
Owner Government of the Philippines

The Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (ECP) was a government-owned corporation of the Republic of the Philippines created to promote the growth and development of the local film industry. Created in 1982 after the first Manila International Film Festival through Executive Order 770, the ECP was primarily known as a production company.[1] However, it was created among other things; to hold the Manila International Film Festival, to manage the Manila Film Center, administer a film rating and classification system and to establish and operate the National Film Archive.[2] It was also mandated to provide financial assistance to select motion pictures through a film fund.

For purposes of policy coordination, it was placed under the Ministry of Tourism. While its initial films were critically acclaimed, the ECP was accused of producing sex-oriented or "Bomba" films later in its history until it was dissolved in 1986.[3]


Title Director Writer Date Main cast Genre
Oro, Plata, Mata Peque Gallaga José Javier Reyes 1982 Cherie Gil, Sandy Andolong, Liza Lorena, Fides Cuyungan-Asencio, Manny Ojeda, Maya Valdez, Lorli Villanueva, Ronnie Lazaro Historical Drama
Himala Ishmael Bernal Ricky Lee 1982 Nora Aunor Drama
Soltero Pio De Castro III Boy Noriega 1984 Jay Ilagan, Rio Locsin, Chanda Romero Drama
Misteryo sa Tuwa Abbo De La Cruz 1984 Tony Santos, Johnny Delgado, Ronnie Lazaro, Alicia Alonzo, Lito Anzures, Amable Quiambao, Mara Montes Drama
Isla[a] Celso Ad. Castillo Celso Ad. Castillo, José Javier Reyes (Screenplay) 1985 Maria Isabel Lopez, Joseph de Cordova, Gil de Leon Drama
  1. ^ Co-produced with Viva Films

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References and External Links[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive Order No. 770: Creating the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines". Government of the Philippines. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Nocon, Ramon (27 October 2011). "Finally, a national film archive". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Devera, Jojo. "ECP And The Filipino Films Of The 80's". Sari-Saring Sineng Pinoy. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Company Profile". IMDB.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012.