Bernal urges public to listen to the President’s SONA before criticizing

Film and television director Joyce Bernal

Film and television director Joyce Bernal shares some of her plans in directing the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, a few days before the event on Monday (July 23).

In preparation for the occasion, she requested for more lights to be placed inside the plenary hall of the Philippine Congress as she wants the President to appear brighter and more pleasant when he delivers his yearly report to the country.

Bernal said that she will also use shots that will make viewers feel they are part of the changes that the Duterte administration is advocating.

“I want them to feel comfortable while listening. I hope the president will feel well on that day as well as most of the people,” Bernal said.

The director also appeals to the public to intently listen to the President’s message before giving any comment on his speech.

“I hope there will be no criticisms and bashing first but instead be open. Listen to the SONA first. I want the public to be open-minded,” she said.

And though she is doing this directing gig for free, Bernal is also prepared to accept any criticisms about her directing skills.

It can be noted that Director Brillante Mendoza received some bashing from netizens for using unconventional shots during the first two SONAs of Duterte.

On Sunday, Bernal is expected to personally meet the president for his last SONA rehearsal in Malacañang. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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