ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project

ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project or also known as Sagip Pelikula, was a digital film restoration project of ABS-CBN Corporation in partnership with Central Digital Lab. The project is headed by Leo Katigbak of ABS-CBN Film Archives and Manet Dayrit of Central Digital Lab. The goal of the project is to digitally restore and remaster select Filipino films from the archives of ABS-CBN. Since the beginning of the project in 2011, the project has successfully digitized, restored, and remastered over one hundred Filipino films into a 1080p or 2K Digital Cinema Package format with a maximum resolution of 2048x1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. These films have been released through a wide array of platforms including limited theatrical runs, film festivals, free-to-air and cable television, DVDs, pay per view, and over-the-top content platforms such as iTunes.[1] All of the restoration process are done by Central Digital Lab in the Philippines with the exception of Kakabakaba Ka Ba? and Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos which were commissioned by ABS-CBN to be restored abroad by L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy and was supervised by Davide Pozzi. All copyrights to the films restored and remastered are owned in perpetuity by ABS-CBN Corporation.[2]

ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project
Established2011; 11 years ago (2011)
ChairLeo Katigbak
AddressELJ Communications Center, Eugenio Lopez Drive, Diliman, Quezon City
DissolvedAugust 31, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-08-31)

On August 31, 2020, the film restoration project unit ceased its operations as part of the retrenchment by the company after its new legislative franchise for the company's broadcasting operations was denied by the House of Representatives.[3][4][5][6]

Restoration processEdit

The first stage of the process is the scanning of the film negatives or prints into a digital picture and sound raw format. Depending on the film's condition, it may undergo a physical cleaning before the scanning could begin. The scanned materials will then undergo an automated and a painstaking frame by frame digital restoration process. The process involves the digital removal of dirt, scratches, fingerprints, discolorations, molds, tape marks, and other damages in the scanned materials. The process also involves the correction of color, brightness, and contrast into its original form often consulting the original cinematographers of each films whenever possible. Subtitles and watermarks, if present, are also removed in the process. The process also involves the restoration and remastering of sound. This involves the syncing of sound to the picture and the removal of unnecessary noises such as eradicate pops and whistles. Extreme measures were also done to remove copyrighted songs from some films. Dozens of technicians, engineers, and artists work hundreds of hours for each film with restoration cost ranging anywhere between twenty-five thousand pesos and ten million pesos per film.[7][8]

List of notable films restoredEdit

A still image from Ishmael Bernal's 1982 film Himala illustrating the difference between the old and the restored version.
Title Director Year Video restoration facility
Year released Year restored
Himala Ishmael Bernal 1982 2012 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Home Along Da Riles: The Movie Johnny Manahan 1993
Madrasta Olivia M. Lamasan 1996
Oro, Plata, Mata Peque Gallaga 1982
Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Eddie Romero 1976 2013
Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi Danny L. Zialcita 1983
Hindi Nahahati ang Langit Mike De Leon 1985 2014
Milan Olivia M. Lamasan 2004
Kapag Langit ang Humatol Laurice Guillen 1990
T-Bird at Ako Danny L. Zialcita 1982 2015
Tanging Yaman Laurice Guillen 2000
Bagong Buwan Marilou Diaz-Abaya 2001
Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa? Chito Roño 1998
Dekada '70 2002
Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa Romy V. Suzara 1995
Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie Olivia M. Lamasan 1994
Nagsimula sa Puso Mel Chionglo 1990
Sana Maulit Muli Olivia M. Lamasan 1995
Pare Ko Jose Javier Reyes
Kakabakaba Ka Ba? Mike De Leon 1980 L'Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna, Italy)
Karnal Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1983 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Virgin People Celso Ad. Castillo 1984
Ikaw Ay Akin Ishmael Bernal 1978
Anak Rory B. Quintos 2000
Kung Mangarap Ka't Magising Mike De Leon 1977 2016
Cain at Abel Lino Brocka 1982
Haplos Antonio Jose Perez
Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos Mario O'Hara 1976 L'Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna, Italy)
Magic Temple Peque Gallaga 1996 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Kasal? Laurice Guillen 1980
Basta't Kasama Kita Rory B. Quintos 1995
Labs Kita... Okey Ka Lang? Jerry Lopez Sineneng 1998 2017
Hihintayin Kita sa Langit Carlos Siguion-Reyna 1991
Moral Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1982 L'Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna, Italy)
Hataw Na Jose Javier Reyes 1995 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Sa Aking Mga Kamay Rory B. Quintos 1996
Cedie Romy V. Suzara
Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw Celso Ad. Castillo 1975
High School Scandal Gil Portes 1981 L'Immagine Ritrovata
(Bologna, Italy)
Karma Danny L. Zialcita
Langis at Tubig 1980 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Don't Give Up on Us Joyce Bernal 2006
May Minamahal Jose Javier Reyes 1993 2018 L'Immagine Ritrovata
(Bologna, Italy/Hong Kong)
Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal Carlos Siguion-Reyna 1992 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Sa Init ng Apoy Romy V. Suzara 1980 L'Immagine Ritrovata
(Bologna, Italy)
Banaue: Stairway to the Sky Gerardo de Leon 1975 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Nunal sa Tubig Ishmael Bernal 1976
John en Marsha '85 sa Probinsya Jett C. Espiritu 1985
Omeng Satanasia Frank Gray Jr. 1977
Minsa'y Isang Gamu-gamo Lupita Aquino-Kashiwara 1976
Biyudo si Daddy, Biyuda si Mommy Tony Y. Reyes 1997 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Saan Ka Man Naroroon Carlos Siguion-Reyna 1993 2019
Bad Bananas sa Puting Tabing Peque Gallaga 1983 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Mga Bilanggong Birhen Mario O'Hara & Romy Suzara 1977 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Ang TV Movie: The Adarna Adventure Johnny Manahan 1996
Biyaya ng Lupa Manuel Silos 1959 ABS-CBN Film Archives
(Quezon City, Metro Manila)
Malvarosa Gregorio Fernandez 1958
Tisoy! Ishmael Bernal 1977 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Misteryo sa Tuwa Abbo Q. dela Cruz 1984 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd. (Thailand and India)
L'Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna, Italy)
Bulaklak sa City Jail Mario O'Hara Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Aguila Eddie Romero 1980 FPJ Studios (Quezon City, Metro Manila)
Captain Barbell Boom! Jose Wenceslao 1973 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Kailangan Kita Rory B. Quintos 2002 2020 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Chito S. Roño 1994
Markova: Comfort Gay Gil Portes 2000
Inagaw Mo ang Lahat sa Akin Carlos Siguion-Reyna 1995
Ibong Adarna Vicente Salumbides 1941 ABS-CBN Film Archives
(Quezon City, Metro Manila)
Badjao Lamberto V. Avellana 1957
Anak Dalita 1956
Radio Romance Jose Javier Reyes 1996 2021 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Kung Mawawala Ka Pa Jose Mari Avellana 1993
Tinimbang ang Langit Danny L. Zialcita 1982 Kantana Post-Production Co. Ltd.
Soltero Pio De Castro III 1984
Prinsipe Teñoso Gregorio Fernandez 1954 ABS-CBN Film Archives
(Quezon City, Metro Manila)
The Graduation Luciano B. Carlos 1969
Hey Babe Joyce Bernal 1999 Central Digital Lab Inc.
(Makati City, Metro Manila)
Paano Kita Iibigin 2007
Ang Pulubi at Ang Prinsesa Jerry Lopez Sineneng 1997
Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Jose Javier Reyes 2006
Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin Olivia M. Lamasan 1997
Sandata at Pangako F.H. Constantino 1961 ABS-CBN Film Archives
(Quezon City, Metro Manila)


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