Boots Anson-Roa Hosts ‘Tilamsik’ TV Series

NOV 14TH 2008

Ms. Boots Anson-Roa acts as narrator and host of ‘Tilamsik’, a half-hour series of TV documentaries on Pondo ng Pinoy beneficiaries produced by the Communication Foundation for Asia.

Ms. Roa’s first involvement with CFA was as lead actress in the award-winning film “Batingaw”, which was produced by CFA in 1974. More recently, Ms. Roa hosted the Feminist Centennial Film Festival Opening Night Program organized by CFA at Shangrila Plaza in 2005.

“From film, radio and TV stints in the mid-70s to my present participation in the Pondo ng Pinoy series, I have come full circle with CFA. Great to be back!” Such was the delight expressed by Ms Roa about working again on a CFA production.

The title “Tilamsik” (literally meaning “Droplets”) reflects Pondo’s “theology of the crumbs”. By highlighting Pondo’s best practices and success stories, ”Tilamsik” aims to deepen our understanding of love for neighbor — of Christian charity.

Ms. Roa narrated the introduction to the series and the initial episodes of “Tilamsik”. With each episode containing two stories, the first episode features: Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, an NGO in Cainta, Rizal which employs handicapped workers for the manufacture of wheelchairs, school desks and educational aids, and Binhi Ng Pag-Asa, an organization of ex-prisoners who started a cottage industry of candle-making and handicrafts in order to survive. On the other hand, Episode 2 tells the stories of: Sagipbuhay, a program of Caritas-Caloocan, which provides indigent children with scholarships, free health services and paralegal assistance, and Jay-Jay, a five-year old boy who became Pondo ng Pinoy’s model of selfless giving to the needy.

Broadcast is planned to start at the beginning of 2009 on TV Maria, and arrangements will also be made for mainstream TV broadcast.