- Rom-com film director Joyce Bernal to direct President Rodrigo Duterte’s 3rd SONA for free
- She wants to make the audience feel that they are a part of the promised change
- Duterte is set to deliver his third SONA on Monday
A movie director who’s famous for her romantic-comedy films will be directing President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) — and it’s for free.
Film director Joyce Bernal disclosed via a GMA News story she does not need a contract for her work unless the government requires it.
“For free po… Presidente natin ‘yan e, and para din to sa mga tao, para din sa mga kababayan natin, para sa mga kapwa ko Pinoy, para sa mundo na gustong malaman kung paano tayo.”
[It’s free. He’s our president, and this is for the people, for my countrymen, for my fellow Filipinos, for the world to know our state.]
Among the changes to happen, she said, is to make the SONA brighter; for the audience feel that they are a part of the promised change.
She said she will request more lighting from the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) to bring out a light and clean atmosphere.
The director said she’s prepared for criticisms she might get after the SONA.
Duterte, as per Philippine Star, is set to address the Congress as it convenes its regular session on Monday, July 23.
Bernal would replace renowned television series and comedy films director Brillante Mendoza as the president’s SONA director — who also previously did the work for free.