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SONA 2018: Acclaimed director Joyce Bernal calls the shots

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Award-winning film director Bb. Joyce Bernal will call the shots on President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23, 2018.

“It should be a very exciting SONA as far as directing is concerned,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said.

After inspecting the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall, Bernal’s team conducted a ‘run-through’ to make sure that broadcasting will be smooth.

“Director Joyce explained what she wants to happen, what she wants to show during the State of the Nation Address,” Andanar said.

Andanar also said Duterte’s third SONA is another opportunity for Bernal to showcase her art talents.

Bernal expressed her desire to capture how “patriotic” President Duterte is in his third SONA on Monday.

“Let’s get into the psyche on how he would deliver and report all his accomplishments or his plans for the Philippines. I want it to be patriotic,” Bernal said. told the media after an ocular inspection at Batasang Pambansa last week.

Bernal also wants to show Duterte as a “mayor, father, and President”.

The film and movie director replaced Brillante Mendoza, the director of the Chief Executive’s first two SONAs.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will read his SONA speech in not more than 35 minutes since many of Duterte’s accomplishments in his second year in office had already been shared by Cabinet clusters in a three-part series pre-SONA.

Roque said the President will deliver his third SONA ‘straight from the heart’.

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