The 1st University of Mindanao Film Festival Awards Night-A A +A
Sunday, March 11, 2012
THE University of Mindanao (UM) held their first-ever film festival in the last week of January this year.
The event was participated by the different college programs at UM. There were three short films that entered in the film festival.
Hello John from the Architecture and Computer Studies Discipline, In Between Flux produced by the 3rd year Mass Communications Students and Sierralaine from second year Mass Communication students.
Hello John got nine major awards, including Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, Best Editing, Best Director (Quinn Florence Astillo), Best Actor (Brian Elviña), Best Actress (Noelle Dacee Delos Reyes), Best Supporting Actress (Diana Rose Luceñara), Best Screenplay, and Film of the Year.
Other film entries like In Between Flux of third year Mass Communication Program grabbed the Best Supporting Actor Award for Jethro Abrigo and most liked trailer, while Sierralaine of second year students of the same program garnered the most number of text votes.
The Best in Advocacy Awards goes to Lamdag Productions, composed of Director and MEdIA president Roldan Castillo, Assistant Director and Cinematographer Kristine Dalis, and staff Clarisse Gay Magandam, Mary Joy Lastra, Andoreena Causon, Alden Correos, and Lovely Rilyn Morales.
The judges of the awards night included Kenth O'Bajo, Festival Director of Mindanao Film Fest; Arnold Barbasan, Filmmaker and Peter Phillip Lat of the Film Development Council of the Philippines Davao Coordinator, who was the chair of the board of judges. The advocacy section was judged by the different professors coming from the College of Arts and Sciences Education.
The 1st UM Film Festival was sponsored by Smart Communications, Sun Cellular and Home Crest Residences.
I was supposed to stand as the juror of the film festival but prior commitments made me skip the festival. In my discussions with Kenth O'Bajo, he commended the organizers of the festival and student filmmakers for the very laudable academic initiative.
He said one way to sustain the growth of indie filmmaking in the region is through the active support coming from the academe which he said can stoke the creative fire of the students.
He said despite busy schedule he committed to judge the festival as one way of sharing support to grassroots cinematic initiatives.
75th Araw ng Dabaw
It has been 75 years since the old municipalities of Davao and Guianga were combined into the city of Davao by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 51 authored by Assemblyman Romualdo Quimpo.
For the diamond anniversary of the city's founding will be flurry of activities where you, your friends and the family can watch and participate.
Among the widely anticipated events is the Mutya ng Dabaw which will be held under a partnership with GMA TV. The giant network will be televising the beauty pageant to several regions in the country. Among the hosts and performers for the grand coronation night would be among the top stars of the network.
After a star-studded semifinals held last February 28, the five finalists were finally chosen and where they will vie for the coveted Mutya ng Dabaw crown this coming March 14 at the Davao City Recreation Center (Almendras Gym). The five finalists are Jazzle Therese Gomez, Jhonna Myles Te, Marianne Mae Te, Dorothy Maruel Ibanez, and Maria Theresa Tan.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 12, 2012.