Since its establishment in 1974, the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation, Inc. (Mowelfund) has consistently and continuously dedicated its initiatives and programs to the Filipino movie worker.
On March 23, 2019, Mowelfund celebrates its 45th year with a full day of activities and milestone events to better serve its 4,000-strong roster of members. The anniversary affair, dubbed as MOWELFUND @ 45, Onward to Greater Change for the Movie Worker, encapsulates the incessant efforts of the institution that nurtures the needs and welfare of the movie industry’s marginalized and underserved workforce.
“Our 45th anniversary will deliver greater change for the Mowelfund family,” says Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo, Mowelfund Trustee and President. “Our members can expect improvements in their benefits, an enhanced housing program and more livelihood opportunities,” Roa-Rodrigo adds. “In keeping with the signs of the times, Mowelfund goes digital. It now has a dynamic online platform, www.mowelfund.com, that will promote greater awareness for its social welfare and educational programs. Mowelfund is also undertaking a better database automation system enabling us to open up an additional 100 slots for new members.”
Also in the offing are greater prospects in film education through increased workshops on specialization and intensive filmmaking, collaborations with academic institutions with film schools, and the organization of the Mowelfund Film Institute alumni association of acclaimed indie filmmakers.
“The most significant change for Mowelfund is its participation in real property development and the construction of a new Mowelfund building in its present site,” Roa-Rodrigo says. A groundbreaking ceremony will highlight the March 23 celebration to officially unveil this momentous event for Mowelfund.
Mowelfund’s anniversary celebration kicks off with a thanksgiving mass to be officiated by its Welfare Director and Trustee Fr. Larry Faraon. Recognition will be given to major benefactors headed by its founder, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Other benefactors include Mother Lily Monteverde, Susan Roces-Poe, Antonio Tuviera, film producer/distributor Ng Meng Tam, German Moreno (posthumous), Jaime Baltazar of CMB Film Services, Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation, Andrew Tan of McDonalds Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Metro Manila Development Authority, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Quezon City local government.
Deserving employees and retirees will also be awarded meritorious citations. Meanwhile, members and their families can avail themselves of the free medical mission and wellness services, and enjoy fun activities that include the distribution of cash gifts and giveaways, raffle prizes and the children’s fellowship for dependents aged 15 years and below.
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