Bernal eyes ‘brighter’ SONA; wants people to feel their role on change

Published July 18, 2018, 12:54 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Film and TV director Joyce Bernal says she wants the people to feel that they are part of the promised change when President Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week.

Bernal told reporters during the pre-SONA briefing in Pasay City that she wants to make the SONA brighter and lighter for those who will watch the event at home.


“Gusto ko, ‘yung mga tao maramdaman nila ‘yung mensahe ng Presidente—maintindihan nila. Maramdaman nila na kasama sila sa pagbabago (I want the people to feel and understand the President’s message, that they feel that they are part of the change),” she said.

“Gusto ko ‘yung message ng pagbabago hindi pwedeng sa Presidente lang, para sa ating lahat ‘yon at kasama tayo sa pagbabago (I want the message of change is not only with the President, but that we feel that we are part of that change),” she added.

In order to do that, Bernal said that she needs the Plenary Hall to be well lit so she asked the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for more lighting.

“We are trying to negotiate na kung pwede magdagdag kami ng ilaw kasi medyo gloomy ang ilaw ng Congress (if we can add more lights since it looks so gloomy there),” she said.

Earlier, Bernal said that she wants Duterte to be projected as the nation’s father during his SONA on Monday.

“‘Yung pakiramdam na ‘yun, kung paano magsasalita sa (how the President speaks to the) nation as mayor, as a father and as the President of the Philippines. Gusto nilang maramdaman ‘yun (They want to feel that),” she said.

“Gusto ko sana ng magandang sequencing ng shots niya na in three shots makukuha niyo na paano yung pagmamahal niya sa Pilipinas (I want a sequence of shots where in just three shots, you can feel his love for the Philippines),” she added.

Bernal, who was picked by Duterte after being recommended by actor Robin Padilla, said that she is honored to direct the SONA, especially after world-renowned director Brillante Mendoza directed the first two SONAs.

“Very honored ako. First time ko. ‘Di ‘to pagdi-direct ng rom-com. ‘Di ‘to pagdi-direct ng traffic. Pagdi-direct ito ng SONA. May sasabihin ang ating ama para sa atin, para sa Pilipinas (I am very honored. This is my first time. This is not like directing a rom-com film or a traffic. This is directing a SONA. Our father will say something for us, for the country),” she said.

For free

Meanwhile, Bernal said that there is no contract between her and the government as she will be directing the SONA for free.

“Wala naman po, hindi naman po kailangan ng kontrata. Unless kailanganin ng gobyerno, I don’t think kailangan ng kontrata (There’s no contract because I don’t think there’s a need for it. Unless the government needs it),” she said.

“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 (This is our President. It is for the Filipino people and those interested to know our situation),” she added.

“Kailangan pa ba magpabayad dun? Hindi ako magpapabayad (Do I need to be paid? I will not ask them to pay for my services),” she continued.