Cinemalaya director Rafa Santos apologizes to the theater community

( Cinemalaya director Rafa Santos has released a letter of apology addressed to the local theater community on July 1, reports Santos drew the ire of theater folk after saying on the ANC show Cityscape that stage actors could be fed only Skyflakes and be paid in cat food.


When the issue broke out last month, the 25-year-old Samarito director immediately e-mailed a letter to the Cinemalaya  group but the theater community, according to, was still dissatisfied with the gesture. The Philippine Educational Theater Association even demanded a televised public apology.


Titled "Letter of Rafa Santos to the Theater Community, To The Artists, Patrons, Advocates and Enthusiasts that form the Theater Community," he wrote: "My name is Rafa Santos. I recently made an unfortunate remark about your community that, to say the very least, I am not proud of. I was trying to be funny, but what I didn't realize at the time is that an artist's passion is not something to be humorous about."


He also explained that his comment was not a crack at the profession, but rather, a praise of their passion. "No one else bears the spirit, that intense ardor for authentic emotion and humanity in a character that a thespian trained for and bred on the stage," he wrote. He pleaded for theater actors not to involve the Cinemalaya in the issue. "It is my sincere hope that the imprudent rambling of a naïve pretender doesn't tarnish the enduring relationship between your community and that of Cinemalaya and independent film."



Santos acknowledged that some theater actors may not forgive him for what he said. To this, he wrote: "I don't blame you for that. I only pray there is some healing, perhaps even change that can be derived from this. And maybe, God willing, the healing can begin."


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