Maribojoc – Film Capital of Bohol
By: Fred C. Fuertes

MARIBOJOC – A multi-million historical movie, currently on its pre-production stage, is set in a sleepy little village of northern Maribojoc. As early as this month, it is already attracting tourists far and wide.

Toril is the main location site of “BARYO,” a film depicting the relationship of the poor villagers of San Isidro and the American soldiers in the early part of the latter’s invasion in the Philippines.

American independent film director and screenwriter John Sayles is BARYO’s meg man and screenplay writer, with Maggie Renzi as producer. Actor Joel Torre and Mario Ontal co-produce Baryo.

Chris Cooper, Oscar Award’s winner for the film “Adaptation,” plays an American colonel. Heading the Filipino casts are Torre who plays Rafael, a well-loved Mayor, and dramatic actress Rio Locsin, as first lady Corazon. Aspiring local artists who auditioned for the film will act as bit players and village folks plus hundreds of extras.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Joel Torre said that he was excited about Sayles historical war drama. He said that he is in good company. Asked how he met Sayles, Torre replied, “I met John in 1999. He is a renaissance man. He is always on top of things, but he does not impose himself on others. Ours is a teacher-mentor relationship. He never runs out of ideas.”

Aside from Toril, Aton Productions will shoot the Clarin Ancestral Home in Loay on the first shooting day (Feb. 2); the Basdacu Cave in Loon, where the Filipino guerrillas camped; the Panglao church sacristy; and the mangrove area managed by the San Vicente Mangrove Association (SAVIMA), a people’s organization in Barangay San Vicente, Maribojoc.

The first movie filmed in Maribojoc was a Cesar Ramirez starrer – the “Lagablab sa Maribojoc.” King of action movies, Fernando Poe, Jr., next came into the scene with his action flick “Esteban,” shot in the historical Punta Cruz Watchtower.

With the top-ranked, big-budgeted picture “Baryo” mainly shot in this history-rich coastal municipality, Maribojoc is concededly the film capital of Bohol. (FCF)

Evasco talks to Market Vendors
By: Fred C. Fuertes

MARIBOJOC – Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. recently stressed the importance of unity and cooperation for an organization to thrive.

He attended as a resource person during the regular meeting of the Maribojoc Market Vendors Association (MMVA) at the main building of the town’s public market.

Evasco was introduced by Rolando “Lokoy” Ollamina, president of the aggrupation of small-time businessman plying their trade at the public market center.

Earlier, MMVA treasurer Emiliana Baluma reported the financial status of the organization after the opening prayer by Jiji Asedilla, the organization’s secretary.

Lope Echavia of the municipal treasurer’s office and Lucas Echavia, Jr., municipal environment and natural resources officer, also discovered their pieces information.

The town chief executive also broke the good news that soon ‘Payao’ will be installed in our seas and this will mean additional income for marginalized fishermen.

The vendors group holds the distinction of managing the public market’s clean comfort rooms. The members charge P2.00 for every user to maintain the CRs cleanliness and sanitation.

The aggrupation is also financially stable with ______________ in its coffer. (FCF)