The Movie Workers Welfare Foundation or also known as MOWELFUND was founded in 1974, the organization seeks support to different sectors for willingly give opportunities for the local filmmakers and members who highly needs beneficial guidance to sustain and create local films that support the marginalized sector of the industry. Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the Chairman Emeritus of MOWELFUND, has contributed fairly to the organization. He funded and established the building of the MOWELFUND where it is called the home of the greatest known film-makers in the industry. The MOWELFUND Complex was built after many years the organization was founded, since then it particularly restored the archives of the old local films, started to provide workshops/training for aspiring local film-makers and helping in the documentation of the history of Philippine cinema.
The building consists of four total floors that maintain our Philippine films treasure. Over the years, The Mowelfund Audiovisual (MAVA) specializes in collecting and preserving audiovisual materials. It holds more than five hundred titles of film works of students and independent filmmakers. Another treasure that is considered sustainable that focuses on the inherent value of the local film collections, the Dr. Guillermo C. De Vega Memorial Library. The MOWELFUND building proudly has the Pambansang Museo ng Pelikula.
From the Chairman’s interview: “It is said that for every dream… for every vision… there is a reality. My departed, yet revered friend, Fernando Poe Jr. and I nurtured such a dream. For years, as a movie actors and producers, we envisioned greater material security and better-founded resources for the humblest, most obscure and even the downtrodden among film workers. It was the most effective way, albeit self-effacingly, to give back from our own personal bounty to an industry we loved and had loved us in return.”, Joseph “Erap” Estrada said.
His passion and love for film industry led him to greatly support the organization and intensify these visions that he wanted for the future film-makers that will continue to produce frontline films, his intentions have benefited a great amount of people that shared the same passion with him.