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At least four European Ambassadors will be gracing the 2nd Iloilo International Film Festival at SM City Cinema on Jan.19-21 in time with the celebration of Dinagyang Festival which highlights Jan. 20-22.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said that Ambassadors of France, Italy, Czech Republic and Greece were expected to grace the Sineng Pambansa (National Cinema) of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in partnership with the City Government.

French Ambassador Thierry Borja de Mozota, Italian Ambassador Luca Fornari, Czech Republic Ambassador Joseph Rychtar and Greek Ambassador George Chrysostomos Nikolaidis will visit the city as guests to the film fest as one of the special events of Dinagyang.

Mabilog said he reserved VIP seats for the foreign dignitaries because they might want to witness Dinagyang performances at the Freedom Grandstand.

The mayor created the Iloilo Film Festival Task Force to actively collaborate and work with FDCP in the conduct of this year’s “Sineng Pambansa.”

“The big event will further firm up the city’s claim as ideal location for foreign and locally produced movies and source of potential talents in the film industry,” he stressed.

Mabilog heads the honorary committee with Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III as vice chairperson, and councilor Nielex Tupas as member.

A memorandum of agreement was earlier signed between the city government and FDCP chairman Briccio Santos, to jointly hold the event.

The steering and working committees are composed of individuals from the government and private sector.

“We are once again showcasing how public-private partnership has been instrumental in the successful operation of the film fest,” Mabilog said.

The steering committee co-chairpersons are Joe Marie Agriam of the Iloilo City Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Benito Jimena, city tourism officer.