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AHD Film Festival 2018

Press Release

Baliuag School Wins 2nd at the National AHD Film Festival

March 26, 2018

City of San Fernando Pampanga- Now on its 3rd year, the National Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival Awarding was held last March 22 at the Philippine International Convention Cente, Pasay City. POPCOM Region III’s official entry “Sa Kabila” was produced by St. Mary’s College of Baliuag.

“Sa Kabila” is about a teenage boy named Alex Magtibay who suffers from Alexithymia, a condition in which you cannot identify or describes one’s own emotions. He struggles to fit in the society and is being considered as an outcast by his own generation. Despite his indifference, he finds comfort in his socially awkward best friend, Kinos, and hid passion for music. Eventually, he makes a decision to hang out with his notorious classmate, Dean, not knowing that his best friend is on the verge of giving up on his own battles. While being introduced to the world of deadly vices and intoxicated crowds, he realized he does not need to tolerate the raving norms of today’s youth and finds himself running away. In the end, he fails to find Kinos because he has been dead al along. He decided that he only needs to accept himself and learns that being alone can make him stronger.

The said film promotes the effect of traditional and social media on the sexual behavior of youth, according to POPCOM III Regional Director Eleanor Cura.

“Sa Kabila” wins 1st Runner Up Best Film, Special Citation Award for Best Director- Ms.ZhayndelleManliclic, Best Screenplay- Ms.Rejam De Leon and Best Poster. “Sa Kabila” was also nominated as finalist to the following categories: Best Trailer, Best Production Design, Best Musical Scoring, Best Sound Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography,Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor and Best Song.

The AHD film festival was conceptualized to promote the AHD advocacy among the youth and stakeholders. The film’s theme was based on the further study conducted by Felix Deocampo Jr. and Dr. Elma Laguna using data from the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study which showed that mass media and nonsexual risky behavior have a significant influence on the sexual behavior of youth from the region.

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