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Mauro Tumbocon

Mauro Feria Tumbocon, Jr., cultural worker and writer/journalist, has written extensively on Filipino cinema and popular culture for more than two decades, both here in the United States and in the Philippines. His critical essays on the works of Filipino filmmakers, notably Lav Diaz, and film genres, like the Philippine horror film, have been published in film journals and book anthologies in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Tumbocon organized the first Filipino American film festival in San Francisco in 1993, the largest ever shown in the United States. He is founder and current director of FACINE or Filipino Arts & Cinema, International (formerly known as Filipino American cineArts), a nonprofit media arts group that aims to promote and develop transnational Filipino cinemas. FACINE holds the annual Filipino American cine festival and competition.

Mr. Tumbocon was a member of different film critics groups including the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and founded the interdisciplinary critics groups, the Young Critics Circle and Kritika in Manila.

He is at present, Correspondent of the Filipino American newsweekly, the Philippine News, and works in a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals who are formerly homeless in San Francisco.

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