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    Message at the INPFF Press Launch

    Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival Press Launch

    27 November 2019

    Magandang hapon. Thank you very much for accepting our invitation and for being with us today on the occasion of the launch of the 3rdIstorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival.

    But just to give you the context and the history of how Istorya ng Pag-asa became a project of the Office of the Vice President, this actually started when I was invited to an event called “Araw ng Pag-asa, Araw ng Pagbasa” in November 2016 at the Ayala Museum. I was actually one of those Istorya ng Pag-asa stories featured at the Ayala Museum. And when I went, I was with two other Istorya ng Pag-asa champs. One of them was Hidilyn Diaz and the other was a lady from Quezon City, a turon vendor by the name of Nanay Lorna. So nakilala ko… when I went there, Hidilyn Diaz told us the story of her life and very inspiring iyong kuwento. Kinuwento niya how she was born to a very poor family in Mindanao. Kinuwento niya kung papaano siya nagensayo noon na ang gamit niya lang, mga lata ng gatas na merong simento sa loob. Kinuwento niya how she was able to be very good at her craft and iyon iyong naging turning point for success. And kinuwento naman ni Nanay Lorna iyong hirap niya. Nagtitinda siya, naglalako ng turon but ano siya, single mother. But she was able to send all her four children to school – all very successful. One was a law student, one was a nurse, one was a teacher. Iyong youngest niya, Intarmed student sa PGH noong time na nagkita kami – doctor na yata siya ngayon.

    So after noon, I went out of the event. I was very inspired but I did nothing. Pero right after the event, siguro a few days after, I was invited to another event in Cagayan de Oro. Iyong pangalan ng event sa Cagayan de Oro, “Let us Change the Conversation.” It was an event that was sponsored by young people – students of Xavier University. Pagpunta ko sa event, ang unang pinaguusapan, how the young people wanted to put a stop to all the negativity already that is in our midst. Sabi niya, “Kaya tayo nagtitipon-tipon ngayon kasi we want to affect change already. We want to do something about it.” So napaka-inspiring nung… napaka-inspiring nung event.

    Nakabit ko siya sa event na ‘to. So ang sinasabi ko. Buti pa ‘tong mga bata, nakaisip kung papaano babaguhin iyong nangyayari sa paligid. Tapos ako biktima rin ako ng mga fake news, ng lahat pero wala akong ginagawa. So binalikan ko yung… binalikan ko iyong sponsors ng “Araw ng Pagbasa, Araw ng Pag-asa.” Pinakiusapan ko if we can adopt the Pag-asa part. So that was the birth of Istorya ng Pag-asa as a project of the Office of the Vice President.

    Iyong umpisa niya, roving photo gallery. Talagang ano siya, talagang dinadala na mga pictures saka stories ng mga fineature – umiikot sa mga schools, sa mga government offices, sa mga malls – iyong marami iyong human traffic para nababasa ng mga tao iyong mga kuwento ng finifeature. Iyon iyong start niya pero as we were about to celebrate our first anniversary– nagstart kasi kami November 27 so ngayon is the third anniversary. Nagstart kami ng November 2016 – we celebrated our first year, naisip namin to bring it a step further kasi after nung launch ng Istorya ng Pag-asa, we brought it all over the Philippines. Nagkaroon kami ng sites sa… Joann, iyong ano… ayan. Nagkaroon kami ng sites sa Baguio. Naging partner namin doon iyong University of Cordilleras. Sa Quezon City, all the six districts of Quezon City. In Cavite, many… three districts, I think, in Cavite. Of course, in Bicol region, meron kaming Cam Norte, Cam Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Tabaco, Legazpi also. Tapos in Visayas pala… Palawan pa pala. In Visayas, Capiz, Iloilo, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Cebu City, Cebu Province, Negros Oriental. Tapos sa Mindanao naman, Cagayan de Oro. So iyon iyong buong taon, we were able to find local stories of hope – mga local na Istorya ng Pag-asa. Noong magfi-first year na siya, sabi namin, dapat ano na, one step further na, naisip namin iyong Film Festival.

    So during the first year anniversary celebration, noong November 27, 2017, naisip namin to launch Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival and we are very, very lucky. Now we have for our partner, Ayala Foundation. Andito sila. Kaya maraming salamat sa Ayala Foundation. [applause] They agreed to be our partner and napaka… napaka… napaka-ano ‘to, God-sent ng Ayala Foundation kasi we were able to do what we wanted to do with the film festival. So the first… iyong first film festival, we received 73 entries and out of the 73 entries, dapat 10 lang na finalists iyong pipiliin, pero hindi makapagdecide sa 10 so dinagdagan namin ng 15 and merong mga special awards. And ang best film doon ay iyong Ang Biyahe ni Marlon by Florence Rosinni. You might have watched it already. Marlon was an Uber driver – siyempre, wala ng Uber, Grab driver na siya – na meron siyang Tourette syndrome. Iyong Tourette syndrome– [Ah, oo.] Naalala niyo? Iyong Tourette syndrome, parang neurological syndrome na meron siyang ticks, iyong parang gumaganun, ganun na ang pasahero niya parang natatakot sa kanya because they could not understand what Tourette syndrome was. So ang ginawa ni Marlon, para hindi natatakot ang kaniyang mga pasahero, naglagay siya ng parang karatula sa kaniyang Uber ine-explain niya iyong kaniyang sakit, “Huwag kayo matatakot sa akin. Ganito lang ako kasi mayroon akong Tourette syndrome pero hindi niya nathe-threaten iyong safety ng pagmamaneho ko.” One of his passengers, nainspire na grabe kay Marlon. Ang ginawa nung kaniyang passenger, gumawa ng Facebook post na nagpapasalamat siya kay Marlon, iyong kuwento ni Marlon, and iyong Facebook post, nagviral nang grabe. So isa siya sa mga entries doon and nanalo siya. And pagkatapos noon, naging very powerful iyong story ni Marlon. In fact, we brought Marlon to some parts of the Philippines to tell his story.

    So ito, ang laking revelation sa aming nung film festival na iyon kasi parang nakita namin na mas powerful pala iyong film kesa sa doon sa dati naming ginagawa na roving photo gallery lang siya (sic). Kasi iyong roving photo gallery lang siya, malapit siya sa traffic ng tao pero parang tamad na iyong mga tao magbasa. Titignan nila iyong mga pictures pero nagsi-speed read doon sa mga stories. Pero pag film, iba. Kasi iyong film, talagang inuulit-ulit pa nila at maraming lugar na nagre-request sa amin na magpalabas doon sa mga lugar nila. In fact, that is one of our plans ngayon na idadala sa mga communities kasi maraming gusto dalhin doon sa kanila.

    So from the success of the first film festival, noong second anniversary ng Istorya ng Pag-asa, we launched the second Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival. Nangyari ito noong June 8, 2019. Ngayon lang na June. Ito, kung naging very successful iyong first, lalo na iyong pangalawa. Kasi iyong pangalawa, we received so many more entries. We had 98 entries. Rinestriktuhan na namin iyong 10 finalists tapos ang nag-Best Film naman doon ay iyong “Ka Dodoy.” I don’t know if anyone of you was able to attend the second film festival… pero ipapalabas ba natin iyong… [Maam, napalabas na po.] Ah, napalabas na. So iyong Ka Dodoy, ito kasi hindi natatapos iyong relationship sa pagpalabas ng film pero iyong mga advocacies na from the films, nagiging advocacy na ng office namin. Halimbawa, if anyone of you watched it, iyong Ka Dodoy, protection ng environment eh – protection ng mangroves, pag-asikaso ng fish supply. And si Ka Dodoy, nakasama namin sa maraming Angat Buhay sites ng opisina namin. Ang ginagawa ni Ka Dodoy, tinuturuan niya iyong mga fisherfolk na ino-organize namin kung ano iyong ginagawa nila sa Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay para mareplicate. Marami ding iba… marami ding iba na mga champs na nakakasama din namin sa mga biyahe.

    I don’t know if Al is already here – ayan na. Si Al, si Al Quizon, siya iyong fineature doon sa film na ang title ay Obra – ewan ko kung napanood niyo din. Painter siya from Zambales… [Bataan] Bataan pala. Painter siya from Bataan pero si Al, nakasama na namin sa ilang sites namin. Pagpunta namin sa Marawi, sinama namin si Al at tinuruan niya iyong mga batang mga IDPs ng art doon. Tapos iyong mga anak noong mga EJK victims, nagse-session din with Al. Naalala ko, Al, noong kasama ka namin sa Marawi, gabi kami lumipad, hindi ko alam na first time ni Al sumakay sa eroplano. Eh medyo magalawa pa naman iyong eroplano pero iyon iyong ginagawa namin. Iyong mga nafi-feature, nagiging bahagi na ng mga advocacies namin. Pagkatapos noong Ka Dodoy, maraming mga partnerships na napasok with some of either the filmmakers… either the filmmakers or the subjects na nagiging partner namin in some of our advocacies.

    I don’t know if RJ Baculo is here. Wala pa? Natraffic yata eh. Si RJ Baculo is the filmmaker of Breaking Through the Darkness. It is about depression and maraming entries during the last film festival that dealt with the issue of mental health and depression. And we started advocating for it already. So ngayon, may mga projects in the works to further the advocacy pero iyon iyong ginagawa.

    Yesterday, merong bagong branch iyong Istorya ng Pag-asa and some of them are here this afternoon. Yesterday, we launched the Istorya ng Pag-asa coffee table book. Ang sponsor naman nito is the Istorya ng Pag-asa Camarines Sur core group and they are here this afternoon. I-recognize ko lang sila – Bebot Perez, Ningning Belmote, and Andy Belmonte – they are here. Tapos iyong three of the very inspiring people that we featured in the coffee table book are also here – Jem Baldemoro – nasaan si Jem

    ? RP Patriarca, saka si Gran Ganapan O’Neil. They are some of the stories we featured doon sa coffee table book. Very, very inspiring.

    So this afternoon, as we celebrate our third Istorya ng Pag-asa anniversary, we are also launching our third Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival. So ito, ano ang kaibahan ng film festival na ito sa earlier film festivals, mas malalaki ang prizes ngayon. Hindi ko alam kung may slide tayo of the prizes – wala tayo. [Meron po.] Ay, ito pala. Ngayon, iyong Best Film will receive P100,000 tapos iyong First Runner Up will receive P50,000. Tapos iyong Second Runner Up will receive P30,000. Aside from the three major awards, we are also giving special numbers for the Best Film – ay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing (sic). Tapos iyong People’s Choice Award, we launched this for the first time during the Second Film Festival, ito, bumoboto iyong mga tao online habang andoon na. Ay, hindi pala online, manual pala. And Ayala Foundation gave a Community Development Award tapos ang Office of the Vice President naman gave a Special Recognition Award. And we will be giving those special awards still for the third Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival.

    Ano iyong mechanics? The deadline for the submission is March 27 of 2020. Grabe ang bilis ng panahon no? 2020 na. Three to five-minute video of any inspiring stories that you come across with pero dito kailangan Pilipino na either dito nakatira sa Pilipinas or nakatira sa ibang bansa pero Pilipino. Ano pa iyong ibang requirements? Iyon lang naman diba? Basta three to five-minute video. Kahit phone video, puwede. Pero kami from the first film festival to the second, we are really amazed of the quality of the films that were being submitted. Iyong Ka Dodoy, iyong nanalo, ang daming sumasali from last year, iyong filmmaker, iyong principal filmmaker was an employee of the municipal government na most of the time, cellphone lang iyong ginamit at wala siyang formal training pero siya iyong nag-Best Film. So this is open to everyone – to students, nonprofessional filmmakers alike.

    Last year, our judges were si Quark Henares, Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Dan Villegas – makakalimutan ko pa iyong apelyido ni Dan, Dan Villegas of Star Cinema, Liza Dino, who is the Chairman of the Film Academy of the Philippines, Prof. Doy del Mundo who is a seasoned filmmaker. Hopefully, this year, sila ulit. We already sent invitations and most of them confirmed na pero this is really an activity that we hope will unite not just the filmmakers and the subjects but all the Filipinos alike. Kasi iyong inspiring stories naman, hindi siya political. Iyong inspiring stories, kahit anong side of the political fence, kahit mayaman o mahirap, parating it warms the heart. So we hope this will contribute to erasing negativity, uniting the Filipinos, and iyon. Ayon, may call for entries na. So reminder lang ulit: the deadline is March 27 of 2020.

    Ayon. Parang dumating na si RJ. Dumating na ba si RJ? Ayon. RJ Baculo – palakpakan lang po natin si RJ. RJ is the filmmaker of Breaking Through the Darkness. So maraming salamat – natraffic yata si RJ pero maraming salamat, RJ. I think you will be joining me – kayong dalawa ni Al – you will be joining me during the [inaudible].

    Maraming salamat!

    Posted in Transcripts on Nov 27, 2019