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Benilde docu vies for La Union filmfest prize in October

By Seymour Barros Sanchez

A DOCUMENTARY from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will compete in the open category of the Pagwanawanan Festival short film competition next month at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando City, La Union.

“Househusband,” directed by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal, which will be shown on October 5 and 7, follows the life of Oliver Siao, a 49-year-old father who breaks the norms and gender stereotypes by choosing not to become the breadwinner in his family and letting his wife work abroad. Their film won the Best Documentary at Sinepiyu XI, an annual intercollegiate film competition organized by the Far Eastern University Film Society and the FEU President’s Committee on Culture.

“I wasn’t expecting that it would be accepted in film festivals. First was in SinePiyu XI, and now in Pagwanawanan,” Garcia shared. He and Macalintal are set to graduate from the Digital Filmmaking Program of the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts on October 6.

“Househusband” will contend against John Joseph Buenaventura’s “Alt,” Kyle Jumayne Francisco’s “Whereabouts,” Maria Isabel Jose’s “Pantun,” Khurshid Kalabud, Jr.’s “Mountain to Cry For,” John Marco Pitlo’s “Sad Boys Club” and Arjanmar Rebeta’s “Manoy Taghoy.”

Meanwhile, “due to the many good film submissions that the festival received this year,” the organizers have decided to add a student category. The selected films are “Halal” (Cebu)by Dahren Tagtag, “Layag” (Pangasinan) by Romsky Chelle Dela Cruz, “Maling Akala” by Elvin Jay Macanlalay and Arvileen Yongzon, “Marangle” (Pampanga) by Angeline Tabilog and “Si Kokak at Ako” (La Union) by Winstone Arradaza, Vince Basa and Ralph Santos.

Pagwanawanan is organized by the La Union Conventions and Visitors Bureau and United Artists of La Union, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, La Union Soul, Local Government of San Juan, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Provincial Government of La Union and San Juan Film Camp.

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Seymour Barros Sanchez
Seymour Barros Sanchez is an advocacy filmmaker, communication and film professor, freelance writer, and producer for news and current affairs programs. He is a fellow of the 17th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop (organized by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication), 21st Iligan National Writers Workshop(organized by the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology) and 9th Palihang Rogelio Sicat (organized by the UP Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas). He is also a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop for film and the first Brillante Mendoza film workshop.

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