Date Published: March 24, 2017
Author: Emmanuel Jose
"NVSU 'Duyan ng Buhay' comes in fresh, unadulterated."
Thus said in a docufilm review by Benjie De Yro, chairman of the panel of judges, to the NVSU team, the first-ever winner of the Dungngo Documentary Film Making Contest on Adoption led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 2.
The NVSU Team brought home the night's highest award, the Best Film, on top of winning three of the seven technical awards. 'Duyan ng Buhay' clinched the Best Research and Analysis, Best Direction, and Best Editing awards.
The 20-minute documentary presented three-fold true-to-life stories of alias 'Ben', 'Lenlen', and 'Jose and Macmac'.
Duyan ng Buhay showcased the two sides of adoption, the legal and illegal ways, as captured in the story of Lenlen, and Ben respectively. The account of Jose and Macmac served as a bonus point for the NVSU team as it emphasized the presence of an adoption center in the province, such contribution to the attainment of public awareness on legal adoption as one of primary concerns of DSWD.
In addition, De Yro said the production came in fresh and in layman's term, 'pulido'. He said that Duyan ng Buhay is, by far, the best local documentary he has seen in the region.
NVSU was the lone-representative of the province in the regional Dungngo DocuFilm. Other Universities that joined the event were Cagayan State University - Carig, Andrews, Sanchez Mira campuses, and Isabela State University - Echague campus.
The NVSU team consisted of Mr. Jestony Baylon (editor), Mr. Emmanuel Jose (scriptwriter), and Shiela Marie Domingo (host) received the plaques of recognition and a cash prize worth P 20,000.00 at the Hotel Kimikarlai, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on March 17, 2017.
Meanwhile, Dr. Cecilia delos Trinos and Ms. Arshiela Manuel served as consultants.
DSWD Regional Office 2 conducted the docufilm as one of their advocacies in raising public awareness in line with the celebration of the National Adoption Consciousness Month every March enthemed "Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin!" (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption.)
Along De Yro, respected media practitioners in the province served as members of the panel of judges like Raymon Dullana, Sany Lopes, Angely Lubo and Gela Perez.
This is the second time that NVSU brought home the 'Best DocuFilm' recognition. Last year, NVSU's entry entitled 'Convalco', a documentary contest organized by the Department of Agrarian Reform, earned the Best Documentary Award, Social Media Award, and People's Choice Award during the Gabi ng Parangal 2015 DAVVUN at Cabagan, Isabela on Dec. 17, 2015.#
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