'Uniquely Filipino': Group seeks establishment of school for actors

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24)— A group run by actors for actors is planning to roll out a school that will help members further hone their craft and establish a "uniquely Filipino" style of performing.

Actress Agot Isidro, President and CEO of AKTOR, said the Filipino cultural aspects will be factored in during classes.

"We really want to establish a uniquely Filipino acting style, a school," Isidro told CNN Philippines' The Source in an interview aired on Thursday.

"You have all these different branches of acting but then, we really wanna cater, we really wanna zero in on the culturally Filipino, uniquely Filipino style or a school," she added.

Isidro along with several other household names in the entertainment industry have joined forces to launch AKTOR, an organization that seeks to provide better working conditions, security, and benefits for Filipino actors.

The group was formed in May amid the COVID-19 lockdown, in an effort to push for actors' rights and for them to have a "representation" in industry discussions.

Aside from the master classes and education, Isidro also listed down the different programs for members, including helpdesks for legal and accounting purposes.

"What we found out when we were coming up with this one, siguro 40 or 50% do not have PhilHealth [membership], of our members, which is surprising. So we want to open up all these opportunities, all these benefits for them," she noted.

Catch the full interview here: