FDCP Hon­ors Mother Lily

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The Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines (FDCP), led by its chair­per­son, Liza Diño-Seguerra, held a spe­cial recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony last May 12 for Regal En­ter­tain­ment ma­tri­arch Mother Lily Mon­teverde, “for her in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion and com­mit­ment to the Philip­pine film in­dus­try.”

The cer­e­mony, held at the Cine­math­eque Cen­tre Manila in Er­mita, was also FDCP’s way of hon­or­ing the vet­eran film pro­ducer as a mother, in line with Mother’s Day, which is cel­e­brated in most coun­tries on the sec­ond Sun­day of May. This year, Mother’s Day fell on May 14, two days be­fore the recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony for Mother Lily. Here’s an ex­cerpt from Mother Lily’s three-page speech: “Even af­ter al­most five and a half decades, I still take pride in be­ing called Mother Lily. For who will not be touched to be given such a name con­sid­er­ing that I am just a movie fan. Those who know me will in­sist that Lily Yu Mon­ter­verde is just a diehard fan who loved movies so much that she de­cided to make her own films. Like the stu­dios of the glory days of Filipino movies in the past, Regal Films was born out of love—a love for movies…

“Yes, moviemak­ing is also a busi­ness—a very ex­pen­sive and high-risk busi­ness But if the pro­ducer has no love for movies, then it is so easy to quit. If there is no per­sonal com­mit­ment to moviemak­ing, then it’s bet­ter to leave. But if you take mak­ing movies as an act of love—like a par­ent bear­ing chil­dren, like a fa­ther or mother guid­ing chil­dren in the form of di­rec­tors, writ­ers, ac­tor, and ac­tresses—then, it is no longer just a busi­ness. It is build­ing a fam­ily… “Now that Regal is fifty-five years old, I look back. I look back and say that I am

proud. I am proud of what the years have given me… and what I have done not only as a movie pro­ducer but as a mover, a game changer. I look at all the big bosses of movie pro­duc­tions now and smile: they too call me Mother… be­cause once upon a time they were work­ing for me. They were trained by me. And like any mother, they all carry a part of me in their beau­ti­ful and hope­fully ful­fill­ing ca­reers…

“And through all this, Regal is still very much around. Alive and kick­ing, do­ing its bat­tles and dis­cov­er­ing new ways to bring more and bet­ter Filipino movies to the au­di­ence…

“To end this talk, let me just say, it is good to stand here and share with you the wis­dom of so many years.

“But re­mem­ber, as you sit there lis­ten­ing to me, Mother Lily Mon­teverde is still the mother to so many. And I am still very much here. Thank You.”

Mother Lily (seated, cen­ter) posed for a sou­venir shot with her well-wish­ers: (L-R) film pro­ducer Perci In­ta­lan; Liza Diño-Es­guerra; film direc­tor Jun Lana; new­bie ac­tress Janella Sal­vador; Mother Lily’s daugh­ter Roselle Mon­teverde; di­rec­tors Joel La­man­gan and Maryo J. de­los Reyes; pro­ducer Manny Valera; and Regal line pro­ducer Lea Calmerin.

On the evening of May 11, a day be­fore her FDCP recog­ni­tion event, Mother Lily de­cided to end her three-year rift with tal­ent man­ager and en­ter­tain­ment colum­nist Al­fie Lorenzo. The happy event took place dur­ing en­ter­tain­ment writer Jun Lalin’s be­lated birth­day celebration, held at Jett’s Bistro on Ti­mog Av­enue, Que­zon City.

When Mother Lily saw Al­fie ar­rive at the venue, she went over to greet him. But Al­fie was busy talk­ing to other guests at that time. Once Al­fie was prop­erly seated, Mother Lily took a chance again and hugged Al­fie. The film pro­ducer’s mag­nan­i­mous ges­ture sur­prised ev­ery­one in the room. It was also a wel­come sur­prise that Al­fie chose not to snub Mother Lily.

Back­story: Mother and Al­fie had a ver­bal spat back in Au­gust 2014, dur­ing the press con­fer­ence for the Regal Films pro­duc­tion Some­body to Love. The con­fronta­tion was trig­gered by Al­fie’s call­ing the movie’s direc­tor, Jose Javier Reyes, “malas.” Mother Lily came to the direc­tor’s de­fense, which an­gered Al­fie even more. The root cause of Al­fie’s ill feel­ing to­wards Di­rek Joey was the direc­tor’s get­ting the ser­vices of Al­fie’s for­mer ward, Judy Ann San­tos, for a film project al­legedly with­out Al­fie’s con­sent.

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