The year of Don Bosco’s 200th birth has begun in the FIN Province with an activity that Don Bosco would have surely appreciated—and joined in—if he were still around: the Awarding Ceremony of the 1st ever Don Bosco Film Festival 2015.
This is one of the many activities lined up in the FIN Province to usher in the Bicentennial Celebrations of Don Bosco’s birth. It was held yesterday, 10 January 2015, at the Audio Visual Room of the Don Bosco Technical College in Mandaluyong.
The film competition, opened to all young people in various Don Bosco settings (school, youth center, parish, and seminary), had three categories: (1) short film, (2) advertisement, and (3) documentary.
A panel of judges composed of film industry leaders in the Philippines include Albert Michael Idioma (Film Mixer), Ferdinand Gonzaga (Multi-Media Professor), Ed Lingao (Journalist), Arnold Reodica (Sound Engineer), and Mark Meily (Film & TV Director).
The awarding ceremony brought in seven competing Don Bosco settings—Don Bosco Technical Institute (Tarlac), Don Bosco Academy (Pampanga), Don Bosco Technical College (Mandaluyong), Don Bosco School of Printing (Makati), Don Bosco Youth Center (Tondo), Don Bosco Youth Center (Tarlac), Don Bosco College (Canlubang), Don Bosco Seminary (Canlubang)—in a formal event (student-nominees were asked to come in either coat-and-tie or barong) but was marked by warm Salesian family atmosphere.
Ed Lingao, a renowned Filipino broadcast journalist, encouraged Bosconians to continue with what they have begun: Tell their stories through the film medium, by striving to be relevant, and focusing on the message (not on its messenger) and the audience (not on the film maker). Ed Lingao is himself a product of Don Bosco Mandaluyong.
Fr. Bernard ‘Drans’ Nolasco, SDB, head of the Commission on Social Communications, highlighted the idea of using the film medium as a vehicle where we could perpetuate what Don Bosco lived for: values which Bosconians themselves learned from their Salesian and lay mentors.
Judging from the success and tenor of the 1st Don Bosco Film Festival, FIN Province has made history—but more importantly, Don Bosco’s presence was indeed felt.
St. John Bosco lives on!
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|Best in Editing||Don Bosco Academy (DBA), “As usual, Unusual“|
|Best Director||Fr. Kim Simbulan, SDB “As usual, Unusual“|
|Best Picture||(DBA), “As usual, Unusual”|
|Don Bosco Youth Center-Tarlac, “Munting kayamanan“|
|Best in editing||DBYC Tondo’s “Bola”|
|Best in Lights & Sounds||DBYC Tondo’s “Bola”|
|Best in cinematography||DBYC Tondo’s “Bola” and DB Canlubang’s “Liwanag“|
|Best in Visual Effects||DBYC Tondo’s “Bola”|
|Best Actor||Pre-Novitiate’s Mark Soriano, “Mac-Mic“|
|Best Screenplay||Pre-Novitiate’s Jonas Lacson, “Mac-Mic“|
|Best Director||DBYC Tondo’s John Celestino, “Bola”|
|Best Picture||Pre-Novitiate’s “Mac-Mic“|