In line with the celebration of Sandaan: the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema and Mother’s Day, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) honored the contributions of veteran actress Anita Linda to the Philippine cinema at the “Sandaan: Dunong ng Isang Ina” event on June 16 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.
During the event, Linda was given an achievement award for her contributions as an actress and mentor to the film industry. “The Life of Anita Linda: An Exhibit” was also featured at the Cinematheque highlighting the various stages of her life as an actress, including her notable films and roles, as well as memorabilia from her life and career.
“Anita Linda is truly a legend in the industry, and she has helped mold Philippine cinema through her contributions over the decades. She has been gifting us with her brilliant acting performances and has been serving as a pillar for generations,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.
“Not only her many roles over the years, but also her guidance and mentorship behind the camera have empowered women and have given them the voice that promotes strength, grace, and compassion,” she added.
Anita Linda, or Alice Lake, has made a name for herself in her evolution from a romantic lead in her youth to her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles which received critical acclaim. She also appeared in various Filipino films, including Presa by Adolfo Alix, Jr. , Sisa, and Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo by Gerardo de Leon, and Lola by Brillante Mendoza.
Now 94 years old, Anita Linda is considered the oldest active actress working in the local film industry. Recently, she top-billed Circa by Adolf Alix, Jr., which won the White Light Post-Production Award at the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Film Forum (HAF) last March.
In 2017, FDCP named Lily Monteverde “Ina ng Pelikulang Pilipino” for her commitment and impact to the Philippine movie industry throughout the years. Meanwhile, Maria Azucena Vera-Perez Maceda, or widely known as “Manay Ichu,” was honored for her contribution in the film industry at “A Spotlight on Mothers of Philippine Cinema” event held in 2018.
A free screening of the award-winning film Adela by Adolfo Alix, Jr. featuring Anita Linda was also held during the “Sandaan: Dunong ng Isang Ina.”
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