An experimental short film, directed by University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design alumna Rodmarie Angeline Tabilog, won Best Short Film in the Student Category of the Pagwanawanan Film Festival in La Union last October 6.
The nine-minute film “Marangle” (Farm) narrates the life of a farmer who risks everything, including his land, just to have a chance to work abroad and provide a better future for his family.
Tabilog worked with other UE alumni, writer Gerard Halabaso, director of photography Isabelo Bucao, production designer Chelsea Mae Natividad, assistant director Rhuva Patiag, production manager Aldric Matthew Manapat, costume designer Erica Balaan and production staff Cyrill Mustera, Jayson Torres and Kent Santos, in shooting the film.
The film was officially selected last year as part of the Cinebalu program of the 17th Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival, Sinepiyu X Film Festival, Cinesilangan and the 28th Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Festival.
Another UE entry “Maling Akala: Ang Misteryo ng Unamuno,” an animated film by Elvin Jay Macanlalay and Arvileen Yongzon, competed in the same category of the film festival.
Tabilog is currently on a one-month internship in Taiwan for filmmaker Richard Legaspi’s new documentary project.
“Marangle” was also shown last October 6 at SEAT – South East Asia x Taiwan film colloquium and last October 13 at Brilliant Time Bookstore, Zhonghe District, New Taipei City. (Seymour Barros Sanchez)