Four high school students and a teacher were declared winners in the essay writing contest that focused on four Metro Manila Filmfest most gender sensitive film awardees—Blue Moon, Homecoming, Aishite Imasu and Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.
The list of winners is as follows:
First prize—Diane Ruth Macale, 3rd year student of the Ismael Mathay Sr. High School Project 8 for her entry Pagtayo sa Pagkadapa for a P10,000 prize,
a medal and a certificate.
Second Prize—Jomar Jay V. Pucan, 4th year student of Novaliches High School for his entry It’s Not Just a Man’s World for a P7,000 prize, a medal and a certficate.
Third Prize—Rhedelyn V. Cuadra, 3rd year sudent of Ishmael Mathay Sr. High School Project 8 for her entry Sulong Kababaihan for a P5,000 prize, a medal and a certificate.
Fourth Prize—Maria Taycel P. Samson, 3rd year student of North Fairview High School for her entry Facing Reality for a P2,500 prize and a certificate.
Special prize—Manuel C. Zacarias of the New Era High School for his entry Pagpapakilala sa Naiibang Babae: Ang Kaso ni Aishite Imasu (2004) for
a P10,000 prize.
The board of jurors for the essay writing contest was chaired by Dr. Meleda Polita, supevisor of the division of city schools with the following members: Film Academy of the Philippines Director General Leo G. Martinez; Yes Magazine editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon; and Gender and Development Resource and Coordinating Office Executive Director Dr. Mary Ruby Palma.
Ed Baldoria, secretary to Q.C. Vice-Mayor Herbert Bautista, said that they were encouraged by the response and participation of students and teachers to the contest which was conducted by the newly established Quezon City Film Development Commission to drum up support for gender awareness, education and appreciation in local films.