Alben meng manyaman, boy!

June 1, 2009

I gave a lecture not in Pampanga but in PALAWAN!

Last week, I was in Palawan to expand my cultural work to Cuyonons, who, like the Kapampangans and the other non-Tagalogs, and experiencing cultural decline. Aside from directing a Cuyonon rock music video in Puerto Princesa, I also delivered a lecture to Mass Communication students of PSU (Palawan State University). See news item below (taken from http://bulyawmariguen.multiply.com)




LOCAL EYES: CREATING WORKS OF ART WITH LOCAL CULTURAL CONTENT


As a means to entice young media practitioners in creating works of art or production works with local cultural content, Matinlo Productions in cooperation with Bulyaw Mariguen, Kamaru Productions and JCI Kiao conducted a lecture/workshop entitled Local Eyes: creating Works of Art with Local Cultural Content to 31 3rd & 4th year Mass Communication Students of the Palawan State University last May 27, 2009.

The lecture started with an exercise conducted by Jason Laxamana of Kamaru productions assessing how the students use their local environment in creating their own superhero. Jason Laxamana then proceeded to explaining the exercise and then to showing the students some of the works of Kamaru.

In his lecture, Jason laxamana emphasized the benefits of creating production works with local cultural content. His Kapampangan short film entitled Balangingi in Kapampangan or Nosebleed in English which won in the ETC First Philippine Digital Awards for best short film is living proof that using local cultural content in film can give filmmakers a competitive advantage in such competitions. The sense of pride such works bring to the local community was also mentioned.

Due to a scheduled radio guesting at DYPR Palawan Radyom, Jason Laxamana gave way for Bulyaw Mariguen to perform their carrier single, Ploning Adin Ka Ren. Matinlo productions chose to ask Bulyaw Mariguen to perform in this lecture to show the students the possibility of using the local language in Palawan, Cuyonon, in making songs that are appealling to the young generation of Palawenos and viable for mainstream broadcasting. Joey Fabello of Matinlo productions, also known as DJ Jojo of IFM 99.9 by some of the students, briefly explained the Bulyaw Mariguen project after the performance of the band to reiterate the value of using local content in works of art and production works.

Certificates were awarded and snacks were provided by Jci Kiao after the lecture.

Some feedback from the students can be seen below.

Nainspire po kami sa inyong shinare samin and we are hoping also na magkaron ng sariling version ang mga Palaweno to produce music, movies, telenovelas, etc of our own.

Thank you for inspiring me. Makakatulung po talaga ito sa lahat. Keep up the good work...May God Bless You...

Nakakainspire. Namulat ako sa dapat kong kamulatan. -Psydz

Marami po salamat sa mga binahagi niyong kaalaman sa amin, tama nga dapat din nating ipakita sa iba na pwede rin natin ibahagi sa kanila ang culture na mayroon tayo. tnx po. Sana makalat pa ito sa iba.- Rearitz

Very inspiring. It really gives indication that we have to uplift ones local culture through music and film. -Anna Lissa Magtibay

Marami po akong (kaming) natutunan. Now I realized na mahalaga maging maka local tayo para narin stain to. galing po ng speakers at nakakatuwa. - Jeric

Mahalaga po sa amin bilang Palaweno na ipagmalaki sa buong mundo ang katutubong kultura. Sa pamamagitan ng Seminar workshop na ito namulat ang aking isipan na maaari tayong kilalanin. maraming salamat- Anagyn Barrios

Matinlo productions would like to thank Ms. Faith Malacao of the Palawan State University for making this event possible.

8 comments:

warakurna67 said...

Jason...is "Kapampangan" a Philippine language distinct from Tagalog? How interesting that you were in Puerto Princesa! I just learned of this city today! Apparently, it was voted Cleanest City in the P.I.

Jason Paul Laxamana said...

Hello, warakurna. Thanks for dropping by.

Yes, Kapampangan is a distinct Philippine language from Tagalog, as both are not mutually intelligible to each other. They are "close" though, but not close enough for a Kapampangan speaker to understand a Tagalog speaker without prior exposure with/training of Tagalog.

PPC is a clean city. Also is promising in the ecotourism aspect. Research on the UNDERGROUND RIVER. It's a natural-wonder-of-the-worlds candidate.

warakurna67 said...

Good to hear from you, Jason. I sent you an e-mail a few days back; don't know if you saw it. I think you're doing wonderful things. I wish I'd had your drive when I was 21! Have you ever heard of Romeo Candido or Joel Tan? They're Pinoys, but they live on my side of the world. Romeo made a horror film in the Philippines recently titled ANG PAMANA. Have you seen it?

Bradpetehoops said...

Masanting la ring blog mu taryan cu no canini. Saludu cu quing galing yu Brad. Casalese dat masanting ring telenovela yu. Ala cung asbi cung ali, Suwave!!!

Jason Paul Laxamana said...

bradpete, salamat king pamagbisita!

warakurna, thanks for the compliment! i do not know the people you mentioned personally, but I have seen PAMANA in the Philippines. I thought it was a decent horror movie.

warakurna67 said...

I met Romeo in Los Angeles years ago, when he was screening an earlier project, LOLO'S CHILD. He lives in Toronto. ANG PAMANA is his latest film. He suggested that I could buy the film on Amazon.com for 20 USD, but I'm unwilling to drop 20 bucks on something I've not seen.
Joel Tan is a writer/poet. He's an interesting character; has the appearance of a gangster, but definitely isn't. I've not met him personally, but we've communicated through e-mails. I recently told him about you and Romeo. I wish the three of you could meet!
By the way, I'm a budding screenwriter myself. I'm working on a script for my Master's thesis at the moment.
Did you ever see the e-mail I sent you?

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