Before this year’s Cinema Rehiyon festival unveils its newest roll of short films from all over the regions, different sets of audience in Northern Mindanao have been screening its past entries through “The Road to Cinema Rehiyon 6.”
The roadshow, which started on January 10 and will end on February 13, serves as a teaser and an invitation for the film enthusiasts from Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan, Butuan and Bukidnon to the upcoming 6th Cinema Rehiyon, an annual national film harvest from the regions.
Cinema Rehiyon is the flagship program of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCAA) in celebration of the National Arts Month in February. The festival is dubbed as a detour from the mainstream and ‘Manila-centric’ films.
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan’s Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) is the host of this year’s Cinema Rehiyon, happening on Feb 18-22.
“We believe that films, like any other forms of art, are essential media for learning and for liberal education,” said Hobart Savior, XCCA director.
The films presented in the Road to Cinema Rehiyon 6 are the winners of the Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival in Northern Mindanao, the 2012 film by Maria Victoria “Bambi” Beltran, “Pigadagit” (Taken) and the critically acclaimed film, “Crossfire” by Arnel M. Mardoquio.
These featured films reflect on the lives and the diverse culture of the people in Mindanao, including the social issues lingering in the region.
The short films that won awards in Cinemagis were “Kasing-kasing Amang” (2009) and “Uray” (2011) by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, “Kiss the Rain” (2009) by Tsaddi Esguerra, “Ukit” (2009) by Deo Charis Mostrales, “Sealed” (2010) by Glenn Mark Doromal, “Gahani” (2011) by Jenriel Pons A. Lagat, “Pan de Sal” (2011) by Ray Anthony Lao, “Supernico” (2012) by Reena Bianca S. Dunque, “Carmen” (2012) by Jasmine Anna Trishna Limas, “Kaarawan” (2012) by Carlo Kristian Pailagao, “Wonderful Nightmare” (2013) by Gray Em Erezo and “Tutob” (2013) by Kissza Mari V. Campano.
The January leg of the Road to Cinema Rehiyon 6 included SM City Cagayan de Oro on Jan 10, Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on Jan 17, Xavier University on Jan 23, Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Maramag, Bukidnon on Jan 29 and Department of Education Region X – Special Program for the Arts on Jan 30.
Furthermore, the tour will continue at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) on Feb 5, Capitol University on Feb 10, Bukidnon State University (BSU) on Feb 11, Liceo de Cagayan University (LdeCU) on Feb 12 and will culminate at SM City Cagayan de Oro on Feb 13.
“The students from the various academic institutions shall be given exposures to regional films to inform and inspire them of the stories, voices and aspirations of the people from our own locality,” Savior said.
Cinemagis and Cinema Rehiyon were both established in 2009 and they share some common interests such as nurturing the craft of regional filmmakers and challenging the young ones to get into this valuable form of art.