MMSU Filmmakers Shine at Local Film Festivals

Filmmakers from Mariano Marcos State University, based in Ilocos Norte, won major awards at the third Gawad Sine Abreño 2021 organized by Sine Abreño Film Production, in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism of the Cordillera. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

FILMASTS from Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) received major awards during the Abrena Heritage Film Festival recently held for the Third Gawad Sine Abreño 2021.

MMSU President Shirley Agrupis said this achievement by their students, faculty members and an alumnus shows that the university continues to make its mark in the local film industry.

The Gawad Sine Abreño 2021 Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2022 was organized by Sine Abreño Film Production in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Cordillera Department of Tourism (DoT).

Daniel Tapaoan Jr., MMSU’s chief information officer, said four films by MMSU students, faculty members and an alumnus were among the 11 entries mostly from the Ilocos region (region 1) and the Cagayan Valley (region 2). The films were streamed live on Sine Abreño’s Facebook page.

Tapaoan said the Sine Abreño Film Festival, which aims to promote the arts, culture and heritage of North Luzon, revolves around the theme “Culture in crisis, arts struggling to survive the impact of Covid-19 “.

The film “Sam-it ken Pait” (Bittersweet) by Edmar Delos Santos and Isagani Manatad won the awards for best documentary film and best festival film.

This film by Delos Santos and Manatad, both communications students at the MMSU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), describes how the Ilocanos are trying to survive the health crisis while preserving their heritage of wine and vinegar production.

Another film “Dalluyon” (Waves) by Jeister Timothy Galano, a senior student at MMSU College of Engineering, won Best Sound Design and Best Visual Design and won the Jury’s Choice award. The film is the story of a young man who struggles to come to terms with his grief and loss.

MMSU College of Teacher Education (CTE) alumnus Gabriel Gantala won Best Director and received a Special Mention for Emerging Filmmaker from Ilokano.

Tapaoan said Gantala’s film “Naimbag a Panagkasangaymo, Nang” (Happy Birthday, Mom) which won Best Editing and Best Story awards tells the story of a young girl who celebrates her mother’s birthday. despite the restrictions imposed by the health crisis.

Instructor Melver Ritz Gomez of the CAS Department of Languages ​​and Literature earned the Special Mention for Cultural Promotion for his film “Panaglaga” (Basket Weaving) which is about the Tinggian women of Uguis in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte and of their traditional baskets.

According to Tapaoan, MMSU filmmakers also dominated the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government Tourist Office’s second Tan-Ok ni Ilokano Film Festival from April 8-10.

Dr. James Zandro Ventura 3rd from MMSU Laboratory High School and Meynard Castro from Northwestern University won the title of film festival champion with their entry “Pangnamaan a Tribu Imalawa” (Hope of Imalawa Tribe) under JMJ Productions. This film chronicles the traditions of the Imalawa tribe and their struggles to preserve their culture.

The People’s Choice Award went to Ventura for his film “Karitelang Kupas” (Faded Cart), under Likha Productions. The film narrates the current situation of a traditional two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage in Laoag city called kalesa which is slowly being forgotten by the current generation.

CTE’s Dr. Romel Pascua and Gomez were finalists with their entries, “Timpuyog” (Unity) under Lamina Productions and “Naisangsangayan a Daga” (Extraordinary Soil) under Pelikula Ilokana, respectively.

Tapaoan said that “Timpuyog” depicts the history of cooperation among Zanjera members of Ganagan, a community irrigation group in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, while “Naisangsangayan a Daga” depicts the history of remaining potters in San Nicholas, Ilocos Norte.

Pascua and Gomez’s films that showcased Ilocano’s heritage, traditions, history and natural environment were among the top 10 entries for the Ilocano Film Festival which screened for free at Robinsons Place Ilocos Movieworld.

Congratulating the film festival winners, Agrupis said their victory proves that MMSU is an emerging home of outstanding filmmakers and reflects the university’s hallmark of academic excellence, particularly in the areas of communication, culture and arts education.

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