Peque Gallaga: Bacolod’s Bearded Filmmaker (LIA-COM, University of St. La Salle Bacolod)

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Curtain call at DLSU’s A Fire in the Soul last February 2012

Not all successful Lasallians come from Manila. Enter Peque Gallaga who hails from the University of St. La Salle (USLS), Bacolod. Every Communication Arts major in the Philippines knows his name and his most famous work Oro, Plata, Mata (1982). Gallaga has received awards for his films such as an award from the International Film Festival of Flanders-Ghent in 1983 and a Gawad CCP Para sa Sining in 2004.

Gallaga has contributed so much in Philippine Cinema, making more than 30 films and screenplays. He started out as a director for theatre productions at USLS. There, his eye for blocking and mise en scene were manifested and enhanced. Eventually, his techniques were transferred to film when he moved to Manila to begin his career as a filmmaker. However, he still has a knack for directing on stage performances such as our very own A Fire in the Soul where other Lasallian students and alumni have participated in.

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Gallaga is another Lasallian who has created a personal impact in my life because my father has worked with him on multiple occasions in Bacolod for theatre and on one little film entitled Virgin Forest (1985) where my father played a main role. This film is what triggered my passion for filmmaking and is one of the main reasons I am enrolled as a Communication Arts major. Peque Gallaga may not have the same effect on everyone because his films are not your typical Filipino films but nevertheless there is one Lasallian who thanks him for his efforts without which she would not be typing this write-up.

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