New schedule set for free movies of QC senior citizens

MANILA, Philippines - Instead of free regular movie pass, Quezon City's accredited senior citizens can now watch two films for free every Mondays and Tuesdays up to 5 p.m. courtesy of the National Cinema Association of the Philippines (NCAP).

Mayor Herbert Bautista said the privilege is a small token to show our fitting tribute to senior citizens, the city's pillars who have contributed greatly to the city's development and progress.

Citing the senior citizen's major contribution for what Quezon City is today, Bautista said that he has already provided the city's elderly with free movie booklets to regulate admission and to simplify monitoring procedures.

It was during Bautista's term as vice mayor that the city government adopted a resolution urging all cinema operators in the city to grant free admission to all Quezon City senior citizens during the first screening of all films shown in their respective establishments.

Meanwhile, NCAP director Eduardo Sazon, clarified that the free admission only applies to regular 35 mm movies and not on films shown on IMAX theaters, including 3D movies.

NCAP members in Quezon City include the SM mall chain (Fairview, Centerpoint, North and Cubao), Trinoma, Eastwood, Gateway, Ali Mall, Waltermart and Robinson's Fairview.

Sazon, in his letter to Bautista, reiterated NCAP's continuous support to the city government's effort to provide opportunities and privileges that will enhance the leisure activities of the city's senior citizens.

The office for senior citizens, headed by Lino Illera, also coordinates with NCAP for the implementation of the program.

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