Mar 05
PANITIKAN STORIES ON THE SCREEN by Alex J. Socorro  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Tres, a trilogy produced by the Film Academy of the Philippines particularly for students, is now on a campus tour.

It was first shown in Parañaque last year before the screening in Rosario, Batangas and then back to another school in Parañaque. This month of February, Tres was screened in Cainta Catholic School.

The staff composed of college students that handled the ticketing for the screening of Tres in the CCC auditorium

With more than 3,000 students in population, Cainta Catholic College welcomed the screening crew of Tres in their huge auditorium. Also provided were technical assistance in the sound system and other logistical needs.

The film showing coincided with the 55th foundation of the college. The festive atmosphere was complemented by the horror train and some carnival games. There was also a quiz competition and a parade of recyclable materials.

The parade of characters wearing attire made from recycled materials

There were 3 screenings – one for grade school on February 12 and high school
and college on February 11. Even an hour before the screening time, the students were obviously excited as they milled near the entrance of the auditorium.

By the way, Tres is segmented into 1) Dr. Lazaro – a story about baptism, 2) Tata Selo – a farmer’s sad life, 3) Sandaang Damit – a poor girl’s fantasy on fancy clothes.

The high school students inside the auditorium

Survey forms were distributed to the students and random interviews were taken. The survey forms seemed to have one answer, i.e. they like all the 3 stories of Tres.

As for the interview, almost all those asked prefer to watch entertaining movies. One teacher even said, “Ayaw na nilang mag-isip muna dahil movie raw ito at wala naman sila sa classroom.”

The grade schoolers having their lunch while the projector was being set up

As for being entertained, that may be the reason why the audience was attentive when the last segment was being shown. The audience impact was evident in the applause and cheers as Sandaang Damit reached the climax.

“Nakaka-relate po kami kasi story ng student eh,” one high schooler said about Sandaang Damit. As for the loud reaction, “Nakakatuwa po kasi ang mga eksena ni Girlie lalo na yung nagkabati sila ng mga kontrabidang classmates niya.”

Bembol Roco who played Dr. Lazaro, Archi Adamos who was the drunkard cop in Tata Selo, Direk Edgardo “Boy” Vinarao, Rez Cortez and Leo Martinez, lead actors in Tata Selo

Tata Selo, the second segment brought forth questions. “Bakit po pinatay si Rez Cortez. Di po ba siya ang may ari ng lupa?” Another asked, “Ganun po ba talaga noong araw na nang-re-rape ang mayor?”

After the screening, FAP director general Leo Martinez went up the stage and introduced some of the actors who were present – Bembol Roco, Rez Cortez, Rcee Tenefrancia, the girl who played Girlie in Sandaang Damit.

The actors and the crowd

The introduction of Director Boy Vinarao elicited loud applause. He was the director of Sandaang Damit which got a good review based on the attentiveness and audience reaction.

To give way to popular request, the actors went down and joined the audience for an informal pictorial. The students took turns in taking their selfies with the actors who were literally mobbed by the crowding students, parents and teachers.

Mrs. Valencia with the Tres actors. Also in photo is Mons. Lagarejos

On the last day of screening, Mrs. Loy Valencia, the high school principal and senior vice president of CCC, treated the Tres entourage to a sumptuous lunch.

Tres will be continuing its campus tour in Metro Manila and also in the provinces. For booking, you can email the author or post in Sine Panitik Facebook Page.

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