At Cinematheque Centre Manila, Friday, May 12, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) headed by Mary Liza B. Diño, the agency’s chairman honored Filipino film producer and businesswoman—Lily Yu Monteverde, better known to the entertainment industry as ‘Mother Lily’ for her invaluable contribution to the Philippine Film Industry.
The special celebration was attended by veteran directors Joel Lamangan and Maryo J. delos Reyes, the partners behind Idea First – directors Jun Lana and Perci Intalan, up-and-coming directors Joel Ferrer (I Woke UP Like This), Janella Salvador, Manny Valera, Roselle Monteverde—are just among the familiar faces along with Regal employees.
Testimonies were given by Lana, who revealed that it was Mrs. Monteverde who opened the doors for him to study film in New York; while Lamangan shared his ‘away-bati’ (love-hate) kind-of-relationship with Mother Lily and how it always ends up well.
Multi-awarded TV and film master director—delos Reyes shared that more than being his producer, Monteverde is also became his mother when it comes to growing his business and investments outside showbiz. Valera said that he was thankful of the chance to be part of Regal and the trust that mother gave him throughout the years.
Mother Lily shared from her speech that, “Yes, moviemaking is also a business – a very expensive and high risk business – but if the producer has no love for movies, then it is easy to quit. If there is no personal commitment to moviemaking, then it is better to leave.
“But if you take making movies as an act of love – like a parent bearing children – like a father or mother guiding children in the forms of directors, writers, actors, and actresses – then it is no longer just a business. It is building a family.
“And I take pride that in almost half a century, Regal Films – now called Regal Entertainment – has remained and will always be a family.”
After more than five decades and more than a thousand films, Mrs. Monteverde was all bright and happy with the recognition from FDCP.