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yKalinga actors, actresses called to bring Amador Daguio’s ‘The Wedding Dance’ to life on film

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Tabuk City, Kalinga – ‘The Wedding Dance’, a masterpiece of Filipino renowned writer and poet during World War II, Amador Daguio will be brought to life through a film for the Cinemalaya 2024.

Said piece of Daguio who was born in Ilocos Norte but lived in Kalinga features a couple who deeply loved each other but had to part ways since they cannot bear a child. The husband, Awiyao had to marry another woman to bear one, in accordance to the convention that a man has to produce an offspring.

Directed by Igorot Filmmaker, Julius Legoen Lumiqued, The Wedding Dance full-length feature film was picked as one of the top 10 finalists for the 20th edition of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Calling for auditions

Director Lumiqued conveyed he wanted his feature film to be as authentic that’s why he’s getting locals in Cordillera particularly in Kalinga to play the characters in The Wedding Dance instead of professional actors.

“Instead of tapping real actors, which most of them are based in Manila, we prefer to have auditions around Cordillera. Also, it’s better if the actors are from the locals to be more authentic. This project also opens opportunities to our regional filmmakers and local talents,” he said.

He added he is specifically looking for Awiyao, the main character and locals who will form the community in the film which will be shot in Kalinga in January next year.

Audition for the said roles in Tabuk City is ongoing at the Kalinga Provincial Capitol Park and it will close at 12 noon on November 29. Lumiqued and his team will be heading next to Lubuagan for the audition this December.

Why pursue the film?

The Igorot filmmaker explained he’s making the film to encourage filmmakers in Cordillera to bring their works in the national level and tell the stories of the region through the perspectives of Cordillerans.

“Usually, for story-telling like this may it be documentaries or films, it is the outsiders who tell our stories, it’s told from the point of view of non-Cordillerans. But now, it is us who belong it this culture who will tell it,” he said.

Looking for further support

If you want to support this first Igorot feature film to be chosen at Cinemalaya, you may donate financially or in-kind for the production cost.

You may message Director Julius Legoen Lumiqued through his Messenger account.



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