Are you ready for Pres. Duterte’s 3rd SONA directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal?

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED July 9, 2018 04:11 pm | UPDATED July 9, 2018 04:57 pm
Graphics by Laila Villamor

(Inside Manila) In the last two years, internationally-applauded director Brillante Mendoza broke the internet with his compositional camera angles that made President Rodrigo Duterte look more superior during his State of the Nation Address (SONA). But with this year's change of director, the lingering question now is: How would the president deliver his "straight from the heart" SONA under the lens of an acclaimed comedy director?

Just last week, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed that the Palace, through the request of Robin Padilla, a known staunch Duterte supporter, tapped romantic-comedy film director Bb. Joyce Bernal to direct this year’s SONA. 

Director Bernal's task is to help deliver President Duterte's speech without being stalled by the need to echo accomplishments. In a television interview, she said that she will commit herself in directing SONA while keeping her independence as filmmaker. 

Bernal’s roster of portfolio includes comedy box office hits such as “Gandarrapiddo: The Revengers Squad”, “The Super Parental Guardians”, “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?”, and “Kimidora Series”. In 2013, she won Best Director in the Metro Manila Film Festival for her action movie, “10,000 Hours”.

On July 23, Pres. Duterte is set to deliver his third annual SONA at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to formally open the third and last session of the 17th Congress.

But more than the talks of whether the new director would take angles from below or would she zoom in the camera more than what’s necessary, remember that SONA is a political affair that should be taken seriously. It is an occasional event where the three branches of the state come together to address where we are headed as a country.



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