Veteran movie director and Vice Chairman Emmanuel “Maning” Borlaza will take over the chairmanship of the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board (MTRCB) after Grace Poe-Llamanzares formally stepped down to join the political area.
Poe-Llamanzares, the daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. is among the senatorial candidates being fielded by the Liberal Party (LP) in the coming 2013 polls.
Borlaza started his showbiz career in the ‘60s. The 1965 bio-movie “Iginuhit Ng Tadhana,” that helped Ferdinand Marcos’ campaign to Malacañang was among his most notable work as a screenwriter for Sampaguita Studios.
He also received critical acclaim as a film director with his musical, drama, comedy, fantasy, romance, and horror genres movies. He directed 24 films with Vilma Santos, mostly during the musical era of the 70s and in the 80s. In 2003, Borlaza was the Gawad Direk awardee from the Directors Guild of the Philippines.
Borlaza was working for the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino (NMPP) prior to his appointment to MTRCB.
According to deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, Borlaza will take over temporarily until a new chairman is named by the .President.