Docu On Aeta Teacher Bags Top Prize In Knowledge Channel Contest

University of Makati Tops Knowledge Channel’s Inter-Collegiate Mini-Docu Competition

A documentary about an Aeta teacher who treks to her class for four to five hours in Sitio Tarukan in Capas, Tarlac to teach Aeta children took top honors in the Knowledge Channel’s “3rd Class Project: Intercollegiate Mini-Documentary Competition” and will soon be aired on Knowledge Channel and streamed on iWant.

Produced by students of the University of Makati, “Titser Genie” follows the journey of Genie as she pursues her dream of becoming a licensed teacher.

The documentary developed by Eudel Ayuban, Leda Razel Miranda, Yvonne Clarisse Dalusong and Jean Pearl Silvestre, beat 44 other entries nationwide in this year’s competition and will soon be aired on “Knowledge Channel Winner’s Festival” while its makers will receive a cash prize of P30,000.

Already on its third year, the mini-documentary competition aims to give students a chance to hone their professional filmmaking skills and showcase them to a wider audience.

The University of Makati had a winning streak as entries of its students also took the second and third places.

Placing second is “Kulitan,” which tackled the lost art of the Kapampangan writing system, was made by Rosendo Rone Jr., Ederwin Capungcol, Larrisa Joyce Adornado, Raymond Enriquez and Krisha Gordonas. The students will receive P20,000.

Completing the top three is “Mga Batang Anipa,” an entry about four children who persistently go to school every day wearing rubber slippers and using “salbabida” to cross the river. The entry was created by the team of Alundra Villanueva, Noel Carlo Francisco, Ederwin Capungcol, James Claude Fernandez and Eloisa Jane Palermo, who will receive a cash prize of P10,000.

The other finalists, who will receive consolation prizes, are Palawan State University’s “Binhi” ; Saint Louis University’s “City Painted in Red” ; University of Makati’s “Ang Munting Karera ni Vash” ; Palawan State University’s “Iskolar ng Merkado”; Lyceum of the Philippines’s “Hiling sa Dapithapon”; Urdaneta City University’s  Aruga”; and Cebu Normal University’s “Hachiko ng Lapu-Lapu.”

The winners were announced by KCFI President and Executive Director, Rina Lopez-Bautista via a video posted on the Knowledge Channel Facebook Page. According to Lopez, the winning documentaries did not only show excellence in technical aspects but also portrayed values of the Foundation. “These documentaries were judged by experts in the field of media and television covering topics on Knowledge Channel Foundation’s core values of social justice, passion to serve, commitment to holistic learning, integrity and nationalism. These are values that are critical especially in a crisis like the COVID-19 Pandemic,” she said.

Lopez also encouraged students to keep making documentaries that “help weave and preserve the narrative of the Filipino people.”

The winners’ entries will air on the program, “Class Project Winners Festival” on Knowledge Channel starting May 8 and will be available on the top streaming app iWant.

Class Project Winner’s Festival Airing Schedule

May 8, 2020
Titser Gennie

May 15, 2020
Mga Batang Anipa

May 22, 2020
City Painted in Red
Ang Munting Karera ni Vash

May 29, 2020
Iskolar ng Merkado
Hiling sa Dapithapon

June 5, 2020
Hachiko ng Lapu-Lapu

About Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc.

Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc (KCFI) is a non-government, not-for-profit organization that works to help uplift the life of the Filipino through media and technology. Specifically, it develops and distributes curriculum-based multimedia learning resources (such as videos, games, session guides, etc.) for preschool, K-to-12, and the Alternative Learning System, online, on-demand, and on-air via the Knowledge Channel shown in the various platforms of the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, ABS-CBN Corporation, such as ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN TVplus, and SKYcable. It also implements professional development programs for teachers and education leaders.

Since 1999, KCFI has been transforming classroom experiences into unique and engaging learning journeys.