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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. Carl Balita Of DZMM Produces An Advocacy Film, 'Maestra', That Pays Tribute To Teachers, Modern Heroes Who Help In Nation-Bulding

DR. CARL BALITA is a well known educator who has his own nursing review school and also has his own radio show on DZMM. Years ago, he produced a tribute film for nurses, “Nars”, starring Jennylyn Mercado and Coco Martin before they hit it big. He now comes up with another advocacy film that honors teachers, “Maestra”, starring Gloria Sevilla, Anna Luna, Angeli Bayani, Suzette Ranillo, Paul Salas, Karl Medina, William Martinez and Yayo Aguila.

“This film aims to show our appreciation for our teachers who play a big role in the progress of our nation,” he says. “It will show various kinds of teachers, their aspirations, their struggles, their journey, their life as teachers. Gloria Sevilla, considered the Queen of Visayan Movies, plays a teacher who has dedicated her entire life to teaching. Kahit 80 years old na siya, patuloy pa rin siya sa pagtuturo as she considers it her life’s mission to inspire other people. Si Anna Luna is a 23-year old teacher named Iah, who comes from a very poor family but really did her best to finish teaching kahit sinasabi ng relatives niya, walang pera diyan. She’d walk for four hours to and from school, going up hills and crossing rivers, para makapagturo lang. Angeli Bayani is an Aeta teacher’s assistant who has taken the board exams for teachers about 20 times, pero laging bumabagsak. Sa tulong ni Anna, nakapag-review siya nang husto at finally, nakapasa rin siya and becomes a full fledged teacher.”

The film is directed by Lem Lorca, a young filmmaker from Mauban, Quezon who has directed
acclaimed indie films like “Intoy Syokoy”, “Mauban, Ang Resiko”, “Water Lemon” and “Ned’s Project”. He is happy to be assigned to do a film that pays homage to teachers. “More often than not, teachers are taken for granted,” he says. “In our movie, ‘Maestra’, we take time to show that teaching is a noble profession in that it helps mold the minds of our youth and we also show the sacrifices that underpaid but overworked teachers make in performing their jobs.”