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January 6, 2008

'Ing Bangkeru' to be adapted into film

We are currently on the pre-production stage in making another Kapampangan digital short film, the title of which is Ing Bangkeru, a screen adaptation of an old anonymous ballad of the same title. See the full script at

The story is set in Pampanga River during the Spanish occupation when Kapampangan children had the opportunity to study in the schools in Manila. One homecoming student rides a boat from the dock of Calumpit to Macabebe. During the course of the trip, the student grills the boatman about the philosophical things (ding Angeles banua pilan lang Korus, ding santu at santa pilan no man tapuk?) he had learned in Manila schools, which the boatman had no idea about.

However, when the boatman asks the student about things related to boats and the river, the student fails to answer back as well. Hence, the moral: do not challenge a person about things he has not studied.

Our production team will be shooting the entire film at Masantol on the whole day of January 26, 2008 (Saturday). We are collaborating with the Holy Angel University, asking them if they could lend us its 3CCD digital camcorder during the said shooting day.

One of the lead actors in the film is Alexandre Tiotuico, an HAU Architecture student, known in his own right for his outstanding performance in The Academy of Performing Arts’ play “Ang Lihim”. Bajun Lacap, Vice Mayor of Masantol, will be a supporting actor.

Here are some pictures we took in the target location (taken in Masantol along Pampanga River):

Observers are free to join us in our shoot.

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