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By Alah Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ONE more week and it will be the end of the semester for this school year. What makes the end of the semester so exciting is witnessing the culminating activity of students where they showcase their talents and outputs in a venue where audience can appreciate their works more.

Yesterday was a memorable day to remember as 1st year and 2nd year Communication students from the University of the Cordilleras who are enrolled in the subject Broadcasting Principles and Practices and Introduction to Information and Communication Technology competed in the first ever Tanyag (famous or renowned) Awards - a Television and Film Festival presented by this year’s batch.

The term Tanyag Awards was suggested by no less than a student whose name is Lyndon Coedno, also an artist.


In the festival those taking up the subject Broadcasting Principles and Practices presented their television magazine program entries and competed in the different category such as the Best Magazine Program, Best Program Host, Director, Video Editor. While those enrolled in Introduction to Information and Communication Technology presented their short film entries and also competed in categories such as the Best Short Film, Best Music Video, Best Special effects, and the like.

From the entries presented I saw future Jessica Soho and Korina Sanchez in the making. Their talent in film making is also very promising. From the culminating activity I know their potentials will be even more developed with the help of the experts who are also tanyag themselves like Ferdinand John “Ferdie” Balanag, Michael Angelo Zarate, and Art Tibaldo who served as judges in the said event.

Balanag as many know is a well-respected stage actor, director, and an award winning filmmaker. His independent film ‘Walking the Walking Journey’ which premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2009 received a Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.

Zarate on the other hand is the curator of Cinematheque under the Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP). He is also into animation, film making, and a movie critic.

Who wouldn’t know Art Tibaldo? He is a multi-awarded mediaman, well-known public servant, and an outstanding citizen in Baguio City. He is also the owner and curator of Baguio Media Museum, a painter, photojournalist, and an independent filmmaker.

Ferdie and Art are always there when you need them. In fact in just one text they will respond immediately and help in whatever way they can especially by sharing their expertise to students without asking something in return.

I hope there will be more Ferdie, Mike, and Art who are always willing to help students excel in their craft. They are an epitome of talent and goodness and deserved a heartfelt thanks and recognition.

For comments and topic suggestions email alahsungduan@gmail.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 11, 2014.


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