By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Since her appointment as NYC commissioner for media and entertainment in April 2019, Filipino American Anne del Castillo has her hands full in providing minority women the opportunity to share their voices through media and the arts in the Big Apple’s world stage. This aside from the hundreds of permits she has to examine and approve in terms of shooting locations or innovative media programs as part of her daily grind.
Del Castillo was born and raised in New York, but has roots from Isabela in Negros Occidental in the Philippines. She had an engaging conversation with members of the Filipino American Press Club of New York, in a courtesy meeting at the auspices of the Unification Theological Seminary on 4W 43rd Street in mid-Manhattan on August 8, 2019.
During the evening meeting, she shared her passion and determination to give more job opportunities and support to women and minority groups in the media and entertainment industry, at all levels. She described how her office operates and how women of color and ethnic groups could access its services and programs.
Mayor de Blasio appointed del Castillo to the post for her experience and vision to diversify the entertainment sector and to pilot innovative programs that ensure New York’s continued position as the media capital of the world.
Synergy Production CEO and FAPCNY secretary Grace Labaguis said that del Castillo’s program means a lot to her, because of the emphasis on supporting many talented men and women in the local communities.
OSM! Blogger Vanette Colmenares, meanwhile, admired del Castillo’s energy and dedication. Her office covers film and TV employment opportunities, music, Broadway, advertising, and other related media sectors. Before her appointment, she was already the office’s chief operating officer since 2015. She replaced Julie Menin who became NYC Census Director.
Aside from del Castillo, de Blasio appointed into office Filipino women commissioners – Carmelyn Malalis for Human Rights, Maria Torres Springer formerly for the city’s housing department, and Minerva Tantoco, formerly chief technology officer of the city. (Photos by Vanette Colmenares and Troi Santos)