1st DB FilmFest Winners

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).

This group of aspirants from the Don Bosco Seminary bagged the Best Short Film. Photo by Br. Jules Punsalan, SDB.

This group of aspirants from the Don Bosco Seminary bagged the Best Short Film. Photo by Br. Jules Punsalan, SDB.

The Commission on Social Communications: (Frm L-R) Br. Juvelan, Br. Donnie, Ms. Imelda, Fr. Drans, Mr. Ed Lingao (Keynote speaker), Br. Jomar, Fr. Vester and Fr. Joel. Photo by Br. Jerome Quinto, SDB.

The Commission on Social Communications: (Frm L-R) Br. Juvelan, Br. Donnie, Ms. Imelda, Fr. Drans, Mr. Ed Lingao (Keynote speaker), Br. Jomar, Fr. Vester and Fr. Joel.                                 Photo by Br. Jerome Quinto, SDB.

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The journalist Ed Lingao delivers the keynote address during the 1st DB Film Festival. Photo by Br James Aro, SDB.

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Team DBA Pampanga–led by Fr. Kim Simbulan, SDB (in barong)–swept all the awards in the Advertisement category.      Photo by Br James Aro, SDB

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Team DBYC Tondo brought home some awards for their short film “Bola.” Fr. Toto Cerada, SDB (in black clerical) leads the team.       Photo by Br. James Aro, SDB.

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!

ONE MINUTE AD

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”

SPECIAL CITATION

Don Bosco Youth Center-Tarlac, “Munting kayamanan

SHORT FILM

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
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