Malacañang tapped Brillante Mendoza to direct President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) for the second time. In a recent event, the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director pointed out that the SONA should not be about his directing.

On July 21, Friday, Mendoza attended the press conference for “Brillante Mendoza Presents: Kadaugan” at the Director’s Club Cinema in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. During the event, he was asked about his plans for the SONA 2017, which will take place on July 24, Monday.

Mendoza said the SONA should be about Duterte’s message to the people. Thus, the attention of the Filipinos should be focused on the President’s speech and not diverted from it, the director said.

The SONA is not about Mendoza’s direction and the angles of the cameras, he noted. After all, it is an annual report delivered by the President of the Philippines to the Filipino people and not a film, the director emphasized.

In 2016, Duterte delivered his first SONA, which was directed by Mendoza. The filmmaker became as controversial as the President at the time due to the unconventional camera angles that netizens famously called the Fibonacci shot.

A week after Duterte’s SONA 2017, Filipinos will get to enjoy a film directed by Mendoza on the small screen. Starring Dionne Monsanto and Daniel Marsh, “Brillante Mendoza Presents: Kadaugan” will air on July 30, Sunday, at 10:30 p.m. on TV5.

Meanwhile, here are some photos taken during Mendoza’s preparation for Duterte’s SONA 2017:

Also, have a glimpse of the SONA 2017 preparation here:


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