Lilas: Looking back at the Golden Ages of Cebuano cinema


A narrative of the splendid years of the Cebuano cinema brought together a 264-page coffee table book titled “Lilas: An Illustrated History of the Two Golden Ages of Cebuano Cinema”. The book was launched last  August 20, 2016 Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.

The book is an upshot of three years of research at the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos, Cebu and is a collaborative project of two authors who wish to fill a certain gap in the history of Cebuano cinema.

Paul Douglas Grant is a professor of cinema studies and a co-chair of research at the School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design, University of San Carlos, Cebu, Philippines.  The other author is Misha Boris Anissimov. He is a professor and co-founder of the Cinema program at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines. He served as the first program Cinema Coordinator and was the founding editor of the Sinekultura Film Journal. He holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the institution. A former resident of San Francisco, California.

The project is not an entirety of the history of cinema in Cebu, but rather tackles the two productive decades, specifically in the 1950s and the 1970s. While the two authors consulted each other with regards to the entire text, each took on particular sections. Prof. Grant wrote the introduction and Part 1, and assisted in the translation and Misha Boris Anissimov is responsible for the second part.

An exhibition of 24 panels showing select images from the book was also held The Gallery of Ayala Center Cebu from August 20 to 27, 2016. Copies of “Lilas: An Illustrated History of the Two Golden Ages of Cebuano Cinema” is sold at the USC Press and Phiazarra Publishing House.


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