In celebration of Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary, SM City Bacolod in cooperation with the German Embassy Manila and the Goethe-Institut will hold a free film showing of Noli Me Tangere on June 20, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the mall’s SM Foodcourt.

A masterpiece of Filipino film director Gerardo de León, Noli stars Eddie del Mar as Crisostomo Ibarra, Oscar Keesee, Jr. as Padre Damaso, the great Leopoldo Salcedo as Elias, Edita Vital as Ibarra's beloved Maria Clara, Lina Carino as the hapless Sisa.

The three-hour film has been chosen by the German Embassy Manila and the Goethe-Institut to be restored from its poor condition for the reason that the novel Noli Me Tangere – Filipino hero and martyr Jose Rizal's first major work – was printed in Berlin.

Gerardo de León was a Filipino actor turned film director, who made his acting debut in the 1934 movie Ang Dangal.  All of the films in which he won for Best Director also won for Best Picture at the FAMAS namely Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo (1952), Hanggang sa Dulo ng Daigdig (1958), Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (1960), Noli Me Tangere (1961, adaptation of the novel Noli Me Tangere ), El Filibusterismo (1962), Daigdig ng mga Api (1965), and Lilet (1971). Nicknamed "Manong", de León holds the sole distinction of being the most awarded film director in the history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences' FAMAS Awards, the Philippines' Oscars. From 1952 to 1971, he was awarded seven FAMAS Awards, three of them he received three years in a row.
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