Calamba’s 'Buhayani Festival' short film tilt draws millennial, budding film makers

June 18, 2016 2:12 am 

By Saul E. Pa-a

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna June 16 (PNA) — Calamba City staged on Thursday its 3rd “Buhayani 2016 Short Film Festival” competition that drew scores of millennial and budding film makers through their video masterpieces inspired by Rizal’s life and works at the SM City Calamba Cinema 1 here.

Calamba City Mayor-elect Justin Marc Chipeco praised the film crafts of the millennial and budding short film makers who vividly captured the nuances and realities of life the National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was exposed during his time.

Mayor Chipeco who watched the screening with scores of college students, professors and city officials in the jam-packed theater, described the short film entries as cinematic arts that portray the themes and same realities that Rizal encountered two centuries ago.

He mentioned poverty, lack of education, oppression and injustice and the present generation’s challenge to address the utter disregard for the environment because of garbage strewn everywhere.

“All these have been written about by our Calambeño and National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal through his immortal classic novels “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” and literature pieces that sparked nationalism and introduced reforms,” Chipeco stressed.

The mayor also urged that “it is not only the government that is found wanting of reform or change as reflected in the ‘Buhayani’ short films inspired by Rizal but that change must begin from within each of us.”

Calamba City’s “Buhayani Festival” themed “Buhay ng bayani, Buhay na bayani!” is a celebration of the life of the country’s National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and the lives of everyday heroes.

“Little Concha” by Abegail Aguilo Martinez won First Place with a plaque and Php50,000 cash prize; “Matyag” by Alvin Hizon placed 2nd with a plaque and Php 30,000 cash prize while “Donya Lolay” by Miggy Zafra Alonde was adjudged 3rd with a plaque and Php 20,000.

According to city supervising cultural and tourism officer Neth Estrada, the competition drew the winners from 12 finalists-entries from Calamba’s amateur movie makers and budding filmmakers from Tiaong, Quezon and cities of Sta. Rosa and Cabuyao, Laguna after the public screening at the SM City Calamba theatre.

“Little Concha” tells of Rizal’s terminally ill little sister Concha who always admired her brother Pepe (nickname for Jose Rizal) for his civility, piety and God-given gift of intelligence, oratory and literature; but then Rizal’s writings disclosed that it was little Concha that Pepe admired the most.

“Matyag” is a thriller of sort by a narrative presentation of Rizal’s childhood life, family, works and his execution in Bagumbayan from a witness' account by probably Rizal’s pet dog as seen in the concluding episode of Rizal’s martyrdom leaving the audience to agree that if the dog could speak, it could indeed be a credible witness of the hero’s life with twists and turns that have molded him who Filipinos are honoring for generations now.

Success as the “Donya Lolay” short film portrays it, cannot really be measured in terms of hard work and achievement but rather from the wellspring of inspiration and motivation that a child gets from upbringing, nurture and the driving force to succeed as what Rizal’s mother Doña Teodora Alonzo fondly called “Donya Lolay” was ably portrayed in the film.

Short film finalists were “Agos” by Sandy Ornos Liguit; “Zapatilla” by Marlo Molina Lingayo; 7 (seven) by Abigail Marquez; “Gunita” by Reynaldo Polo Garcia; “Tatlong Kapatid Ni Nanay” by Ronan dela Cruz Vergara; “Para Kay Concha” by Ryan James Pagayunan Badion and Ronan dela Cruz Vergara; “Escuela” by Mark Anthony M. Balisi; “Francisco, Ang Unang Silip” by Mary Joy Aileen Cabaneros; and “Mensahe Ng Kahapon” by Jaydee Querubin.

Outgoing City Councilor and now Laguna 2nd District Board Member-elect Ruth Mariano Hernandez underscored the importance of perpetuating Rizal’s legacy of education, heroism and exemplary life through cinematic craft like the short films and documentaries.

Hernandez who chairs the City Council’s Committee on Culture and Tourism thanked the mostly millennial audience for their captivating short films that portrayed Rizal as an inspiration, reformist and role model.

Vice Mayor-elect Roseller Rizal, in a message read for him by City Councilor Virginia “Gigi” Alcasid, said the “Buhayani” short films are tributes to Rizal as an artist and an instrument for change.

The vice mayor lauded the young film artists and cinematic performers for enriching Calamba’s culture through film not only as form of craft, entertainment, and education but also as medium for change as it presents the then and present realities of the society.

“Buhayani Festival” organizers also thanked the Department of Tourism (DOT) Calabarzon Regional Office; Department of Education (DepEd) Calamba City Division of Schools; SM City Calamba and STV 6 for the post production work. (PNA)



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