Must Watch: Joyce Bernal honored to direct Pres. Duterte’s SONA for Free (Video)

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One of the country’s most prominent film and television director Joyce Bernal said that she would not ask for any payment for her service in directing the highly anticipated State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Rody Duterte this coming Monday, July 23, 2018.

The veteran director who is best known of her box-office hit movies, said that she would only called to direct SONA, the President’s third, and she wholeheartedly accepted the offer because she believes that as Filipino, it’s her role to contribute to the Duterte administration to deliver the President’s message to the people.

Watch the Video Interview with Joyce Bernal:

In an interview with the media, Joyce Bernal was quoted as saying “Tinawag po ako eh, bilang mamamayan so, okay po. At saka presidente natin siya ang para din po sa mga tao ‘to, sa mga kababayan natin, para sa  kapwa Pinoy,” Bernal told reporters. She added further that “Kailangan ba magpabayad doon? Hindi ako magpapabayad doon,” she added.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag, stated that director Joyce Bernal wanted the viewers of SONA to see how President Rody Duterte loves his country. “She (Bernal) wanted to show how President loves so much this country,” Banaag said.

PCOO Asec Banaag also noted Joyce Bernal is very serious in planning the SONA of the President which will be her first time to direct the said event, the director is already stayinga the Malacanang and the House of Representatives for the preparations of the President’s Third SONA.

Director Joyce Bernal was quoted as saying “[Gusto nila] kung puwede kung paano siya magsasalita sa nation, [‘yon ang ipakita ko]-‘yong pakiramdam na ‘yon kung paano magsasalita sa nation as mayor, as a father, and as the President. Gusto nilang maramdaman ‘yon at parang ibigay ‘yong feeling na ‘yon para sa Presidente paglapag niya sa Congress.

Despite being a free event for Joyce Bernal as she committed not to accept any payment from the Palace, she would be more serious in directing the said event because she knows the importance of it and she’s “honored” to be part of it. “Very honored ako. First time ko. ‘Di ‘to pagdi-direct ng romcom. ‘Di ‘to pagdi-direct ng traffic. Pagdi-direct ito ng SONA. May sasabihin ang ating ama para sa atin, para sa Pilipinas,” Bernal said.

Source: PNA / Facebook

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