Aspiring Tagumenyo filmmakers and LGU employees undergo online filmmaking workshops

Tagum City – In its aim to keep the culture and the arts alive in the city, the City Government of Tagum (LGU), thru the City Historical, Cultural and Arts Council, has partnered with mainstream and Mindanaoan filmmakers in facilitating its first-ever series of filmmaking workshops attended by Tagumenyo film enthusiasts and LGU employees.

Breeding the Prime Movers

As the City Historical and Cultural Center nears its completion, the LGU prepares for its opening by conducting a Practical Filmmaking Workshop helmed by Mr. Earl A. Bontuyan, a mainstream director, writer, cinematographer, and visual effects artist who worked with titles like Segunda Mano, Dalaw, Wapakman, and Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, among others.

The workshop was conducted in July and August this year where 30 participants were carefully selected due to the face-to-face component of the said workshop amidst the pandemic. Topics like the film’s history, story development, lighting, and editing were discussed by Mr. Bontuyan leading to a short film written, shot, and edited by the participants.

Partnering with FDCP

A similar workshop utilizing the online platform in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines was also facilitated in the first week of August. Some participants were gathered at the Audio-visual room at the 4th floor of the new city hall to address their internet connectivity issues.

The speakers were Ms. Abigail Lazaro who talked about Acting followed by Mr. Dexter Dela Peña who discussed Cinematography. For the following day, Mr. Bagane Fiola and Teng Mangansakan taught the participants about Scriptwriting and Directing, respectively.

Creating a Film Synergy

While the filmmaking workshops provided Tagumenyo filmmakers new knowledge and techniques, the activities ultimately wanted to create a filmmaking community wherein Tagumenyos can share their vision and work together to create films that would reflect the culture and way of life in the city.

Meanwhile, a film festival is slated to happen sometime this year showcasing the films to be created by the participating city employees from both workshops in celebration of the Civil Service Month and are expected to be premiered at the 1,000 seater multi-purpose theatre located at the center. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum



Mr. Earl A. Bontuyan teaches the group the importance of different shots in films and what messages they could convey to the audience. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Participants are given the chance to execute what they learned during the lighting lesson of the Practical Filmmaking Workshop. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Although virtual, Ms. Abigail Lazaro asks the participants to perform an acting scene under her acting module. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum


To cap off the two-day Basic Filmmaking Workshop, participants poses for a photo opportunity using the Tagumpay sign of the city. Some representatives of the Film Development Council of the Philippines and online participants joins the pictorial by using the Zoom application. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum