Cavite National High School (CNHS) Junior and Senior High School students bagged the top prize in the 3rd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition that captures the role of science and technology in addressing some of the most vital issues held at the Philippine International Convention Center, November 28, 2018.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) spearheaded the competition which was divided into two categories: youth and open. Students submitted film concepts that tackled the theme “what my community needs now through S&T” covering the areas of disaster mitigation and entrepreneurship.

Armed with scientific theories and the love for photography, the two worlds collided to create Lambat (JHS film entry) and Buhay at Peligro: Manglares (SHS film entry) where both films entered the top two spots winning the 2nd place for Lambat and Best Film award for Buhay at Peligro: Manglares.

The success came after an intensive review of more than 300 film concepts to 45 film entries before seven films were selected to bag the awards.

The best film earned the students PhP 100,000 cash and a trophy while the 2nd place took home PhP 50,000 cash and trophy.

Meanwhile, another entry from CALABARZON, the Rizal National Science High School won the 3rd place and received Php 25,000 and a trophy.

Johan Villanueva, director of “Lambat” shared that the team was inspired from how the city was surrounded by water and wanted to explore how the fishermen make a living out of it. His experience from the Division Science & Technology Fair and Congress and from an existing student research about fishnet made filming systematic.

Patrick Pimentel, Grade 12 Senior High School student who acted as director, was teary-eyed when he received the award and could not believe that his film really won.

“I shared the success of the film with my team who worked tirelessly to meet the deadline,” shared Pimentel.

Manglares, Filipino for mangroves, tackles disaster mitigation practices of the residents of Cavite City who live by the shore. The film also documented how a biology expert, together with his students, continuously studies mangroves.

The entry film included interviews with fisher folks who narrated the beauty and danger of mangroves’ growth and propagation.

The competition was opened to all aspiring filmmakers through DepEd Advisory 110, s. 2018 and annual invitation is extended by the DOST to DepEd to forge collaboration that is one step towards integration of science and technology to the other fields. (Paula Jan P. Martinez, EPS- English, Cavite City)