By Marilou A. Valencia
VP-Administration, Cainta Catholic College
On February 11 and 12, 2015 on the 55th Foundation Anniversary of Cainta Catholic College, Sine Panitik of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), presented the movie Tres. It is a trilogy that includes short classic literary masterpieces written by Filipino writers adapted into screenplays during the first Sine Panitik Scriptwriting Contest last year.
The screening of Tres was particularly chosen by CCC in its firm trust to the Film Academy of the Philippines which has maintained integrity in providing learners with Filipino literature through short films. Indeed Tres brought better understanding and deeper appreciation for Filipino literature-based films to students of CCC.
Since the stories are popular and are taught in the literature classes, the film was received significantly by CCC pupils and students. The clarity of the themes of each of the episodes kept the students silent for minutes; applaud eagerly in another minute, engaged in laughter in another moment. For ninety minutes, the students were rewarded with lessons learned beyond the classroom. The film was able to deliver its message from grade four pupils to fourth year college students.
Three screenings were held, each for the grade school, high school, and college levels. The stories are : Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio Brilliantes (directed by Jose N. Carreon); Tata Selo by Rogelio Sikat (directed by William Mayo); and Sandaang Damit ni Fanny Garcia (directed by Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao). The third story, Sandaang Damit, particularly stirred the students; its theme is bullying and how the girl, the object of bullying, reconciled and made friends with her bullies. Students were made to write reactions and insights after viewing. From their insights, the film proved to have made the students recognize something about their lives and about the real world.
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