The Kapampangan cultural revolution is in heat and it comes both from the scientific and artistic sectors.
The province takes pride in San Fernando-born Mark Dela Cruz, whose film thesis at the University of the Philippines Diliman Misteryo ng Hapis, made it to the Top Ten Finalists of the Cinemalaya Film Festival 2007, short feature category.
Dela Cruz, 23, is the director of the film. The feature is about Jay, a homosexual whose father does not accept his son's theater membership. Jay and his ibpa never reconciled up to the latter's death.
Prior to Cinemalaya 2007, the Kapampangan film (don't be fooled by the Tagalog title; the film is in Kapampangan, albeit apparently broken and artificial in the ears of a true speaker of the language) has won several competitions in the country.
It also bagged the title Best Thesis in the UP Film Institute last year.
On the grand opening of the currently-still-under-construction Kapampangan Theater at the Holy Angel University (target date: March 2008), Dela Cruz will definitely be invited to have his Kapampangan work screened, along with other Kapampangan films like Masahista ('The Masseur'), Kaleldo ('Summer Heat'), Manoro ('The Aeta Teacher'), all by Brillante Mendoza, and Gabun bu Maryo J. Delos Reyes.