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Family of National Artist turnovers memorabilia to SU

Chrisse Martha B. Gillesania | News Writer

The memorabilia of National Artist Eddie Romero was formally turned over to Silliman University last July 7, in a special ceremony at the Exhibit Hall of the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library.

Eddie Romero was hailed in 2003 as National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts, the highest distinction a Filipino film artist can achieve. He has created over 60 films from 1947 to 2008 and received a total of 22 cinema-related awards in his lifetime.

Mr. Ian Casocot, faculty member of Silliman University English Department and main organizer of the event, said that the decision of the Romero family to donate the National Artist’s memorabilia to Silliman University is historical.

The memorabilia consists of Romero’s papers, filmmaking paraphernalia, certificates, and awards.

“This is a coup for Silliman; it is getting a treasure trove of research materials, including his National Artist medallion,” Casocot said.

His memorabilia is on exhibit on the ground floor of the Library.   The exhibit is open to the public and will run until August.

Leading to the formal turnover, and to share the story and life of Romero as a master of cinema, four of Romero’s were screened from July 3 to 6 at the Audio-Visual Theatre 1.The films included Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon (1976), Kamakalawa (1981), Black Mama, White Mama (1972), and The Passionate Strangers (1966).

“We also hoped to reintroduce the filmmaker to the Silliman and Dumaguete community, to remind people about his greatness as a filmmaker, and to introduce him to younger generations who may not have heard of his accomplishments,” Casocot said.

Romero was born on July 7, 1924.  He studied in Silliman University, where he partly spent high school and completed his associate in arts (pre-law) degree. In 1996, he was named Outstanding Sillimanian for Film. He passed away May 28, 2013.

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