I wasn’t born in the 80’s and I’m not quite fond of watching classic Tagalog films unless people had been raving about it. Among the most talked about film long long time ago was the first Regal teen flick entitled “Summer Love”.Starring Maricel Soriano and William Martinez, Gabby Concepcion and Snooky Serna.
The only preserved copy of the 1981 film “Summer Love” was burned quite some time ago. Last year, the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (Sofia) luckily stumbled on a copy of “Summer Love” on U-matic tape. And last Saturday, took place, the grand unveiling of “Summer Love” movie at the Cultural Center of the Philippines/ It was screened along with another lost film – Dindo Angeles’ “Sinta”.
Actress Snooky Serna was present during the screening and got teary-eyed after watching her teen flick!
Sofia now seeks to preserve all the lost films in the history of Philippine cinema. And Monteverde was the first local producer to support the group’s archiving campaign.
“We need the support of the mainstream industry in our efforts,” said SOFIA President Doy Del Mundo.
“As producer, I’ve come to realize the importance of film preservation. I’ve worked with some of the best directors, from Ishmael Bernal to Joey Gosiengfiao, from Lino Brocka to Peque Gallaga, from Mike de Leon to Elwood,” Monteverde said. “It would be a pity if future generations would not be able to watch these screen gems. The films we did in the 1970s and 1980s were different.”