Filipino-American Olympic gold medalist diver Victoria "Vicki" Manalo Draves is the subject of an upcoming biographical film.
Georgina Tolentino and producing partner Sarah Lubran are spearheading the project under their production company Silent Siren Films.
According to Tolentino, who is currently training to play the role of Draves, the independent feature film has an established writer and director attached to develop it.
For more info about the project visit: http://www.victoriamanalofilm.com
Draves was the first woman in Olympic history to win gold medals in springboard and platform diving events at the 1948 Olympic games in London.
She was born December 31, 1924 in San Francisco to an English immigrant mother and Filipino immigrant father. She was well-regarded as a role model in the Filipino-American community before her death on April 11, 2010, at age 85, from pancreatic cancer aggravated by pneumonia.
The City of San Francisco honored Draves in 2006 with the opening of a two-acre play park in her name, located on Folsom Street between sixth and seventh street across from the Bessie Carmichael School in the SOMA community. The play park facility includes children and toddler play areas, a softball field, a picnic area and a basketball court.
According to Rudy Asercion, Executive Director of the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission recently approved the installation of a bronze plaque describing Victoria Manalo Draves Olympic feats that will be unveiled during a ceremony in the park on October 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. along with a special event featuring food, drinks, a charity basketball game and community sponsors on hand to support fundraising for West Bay programs.
West Bay currently provides social, health, education and economic services to children, youth and their families in the South of Market, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area with emphasis on the Pilipino population.
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