CITY OF MALOLOS- Karatig Film Circle Productions’ “El Heroe Verdadero: Don Antonio Bautista” gathered numerous commendations on SINEliksik Bulacan Docufest 2019 after amassing the Best Documentary award and three other recognitions during the Awards Night held at the Nicanor Abelardo Auditorium, Hiyas ng Bulacan Sentrong Pangkultura in this city last night.
Aside from the main award that gave them a trophy and P100,000 cash prize, the documentary about Don Antonio Bautista’s life and sacrifices also took home the award for Best Cinematography with P20,000, Best Editing with P20,000 and Best Trailer with P5,000.
During her acceptance speech, the winning documentary-film’s writer Flor Katrina Capadusa thanked the 140 actors that lend their talents for free and all the persons behind the scene who tirelessly worked to produce their entry.
“Isandaan at apatnapung tauhan ng produksyon, tatlong lumang bahay, anim na location shoot, walong araw na shooting at walang katapusang editing para sa isang 15-minute na documentary. Maraming salamat po sa inyong panahon at suporta. Salamat rin po sa Pamilya Bautista sa lahat po ng naitulong ninyo sa amin,” Capadusa said.
She also shared their plan to turn the documentary into a full-length movie now that they have the fund to pursue it.
Moreover, other winners include “Ciriaco: Bayaning Limot” that received the Best Research and took home P30,000 cash prize and a trophy; and “Maestro: Ang Pasyon ni Hen. Eusebio Roque” that won Special Jury Prize and Best Poster Design with P30,000 and P5,000 respectively and trophies for each award.
Also, “Palatandaan: Tandala Pala?” was given a Special Award for Advocacy while the “Ina ng Biak na Bato, Isang Inspirasyon” received a Special Award for Women Empowerment. Each winner took home a trophy and P10,000 cash prize each.
The Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office also gave recognition to the featured heroes by giving them certificates of appreciation that were received by their descendants.
PHACTO Head Dr. Eliseo Dela Cruz said the province of Bulacan is lucky to have many heroes who defended the country’s freedom in the past and there are also Bulakenyos today who are reliving their heroic deeds to pass it on to the next generation.
“Kayo po na gumawa nito ang siyang dahilan kung bakit nabubuhay ang alaala nila sa puso at isipan ng ating mga kabataan. Kayo po ang dahilan kung bakit ang mga ito ay maipamamana natin sa mga susunod na salinlahi,” Dela Cruz said.
He also launched the theme for SINEliksik Bulacan Docufest 2020, which is “Alagad ng Sining na Bulakenyo, Dangal ng Lahing Pilipino!”
The awarding ceremony was also attended by Board Member Emily Viceo and the judges including Dr. Lars C. Ubaldo from the Department of History, De La Salle University and Cirio Ray Gibraltar, an award-winning director.