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PSU bags 4 major awards in filmmaking competition

By Sonny Malate


GOA, Camarines Sur --- Filmmaking enthusiasts studying at the Partido State University in Goa main campus garnered four major awards in the recently concluded 6th short film competition organized by the Department of Health-Camarines Sur Treatment and Rehabilitation Center based in San Fernando town in this province.


The winning entry was produced by the Twists and Turns Productions and the Bachelor of Arts in Communication students of the PSU.


Ako’t Ako flick bagged the awards for the Best Picture and the Best Screenplay (by Fernando Castor Chavez and company) and was adjudged the competition’s 3rd Best Film. Angelica Bereta who directed the short movie was named Best Director.


Ako’t Ako was cited for exemplifying provocative thoughts and ideas about life of the young ones that left a long-lasting impression to its audience.


The state university had two entries, the other is Gising that triumphantly made it to become one of the eight finalists. A total of 14 colleges and universities in Bicol joined the competition.


Adjudged as best short film was the Mabini Colleges, Inc.’s IV Shades of Consciousness followed by Mantsa of the Ateneo de Naga University. Other major awards, aside from individual citations, were Residents’ Choice which was won by the IV Shades of Consciousness while the Viewers’ Award went to Sinaka of Camarines Norte State College.


The event forms part the annual celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (DPAC) Week which is aimed to increase awareness among Filipinos about the menace of the illegal drugs and substance abuse.


Anchored on the theme, “Mulat: Gisingin ang Diwa at Adhikain ng Kabataang Malaya sa Droga” the competition encourages and recognizes the youth’s active participation to help resolve the socio-political concerns, especially the drug abuse, besetting the country today.


The DOH-CSTRC is one of the lead agencies which has been very active in this campaign. Throughout the years, the Center has conducted various advocacies, campaigns, lectures and seminars to different agencies and organizations that inspired and generated positive response from the participants to become advocates of change.


Dr. Lourdes Anson, Chief of Hospital II of DOH-CSTRC, noted that the film competition generated awareness on the ill effects of drug abuse and imparted an inspiring message to the community. Likewise, it has showcased the talents of students in film making, she said.


Aside from Camarines Sur, Albay, which has its own drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Malinao town has also celebrated the DPAC Week by conducting a contest on song-writing and poem-reciting.

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