Young Bacolodnons Win EDC’s ‘Sa Geothermal May Forever’ Video Contest

Travel Goals, a short story of a guy who was heartbroken that went on a journey to find himself and in the process, meets an adventurous, environmental activist girl who was on her own journey to follow her dreams, romped off with the grand prize in the recent “Sa Geothermal May Forever” video challenge launched by Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Christine Joy Conception and Ian Jun Pangantihon, stars of Travel Goals, a short film made by Bacolod students won the grand prize in the recent EDC video challenge entitled “Sa Geothermal May Forever.”*

Garnering 80.91 percent of votes, both online and from the jurors, Travel Goals bagged the top prize of P20,000 and was also hailed as the “Peoples Choice” awardee after gaining biggest reactions from over 59,000 online viewers.

The short film, directed by Jose Villaruz Olis stars Christine Joy Conception and Ian Jun Pangantihon along with their supporting cast and crew, Jimmy Dilao, Jr., Renz Jason Ortono, Reneging Acosta, Romney Desoyo and Earl Isaac Buyco, all from various colleges and universities in Bacolod City who bonded together as previous scholars of the Binhi Youth Camp of EDC.

The Awards Night, held recently at the Luce Auditorium at Silliman University, Dumaguete City, brought in also top talents from Negros Oriental and a special guesting from geothermal energy advocate and young actor, Robi Domingo.

Coming in close second with 74.18 percent of votes is “Power,” a poignant documentary symbolizing geothermal power’s sustainable energy to that of a mother’s love, made by Mass Communication students of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R). Power was also adjudged as Best Screenplay going home with a total of P20,000 in prizes as well.

Third place went to “Thesis Pa More,” a story of a college student in Dumaguete City who was working on her thesis on geo energy when she was sidelined by romance problems. Chrismae Roque who stars in this film alongside Steve Trayvilla and Raul Barbosa, romped off with the Best Actress Award.

The video contest is EDC’s information campaign that encourages Negrenses to take an active role in learning more about geothermal energy and the bright future that it makes possible.

Aside from raising awareness on the importance of renewable energy in preserving the environment, Sa Geothermal May Forever also serves as a venue for local and up-and-coming filmmakers and artists to showcase their talent and creativity

Jay Joel L. Soriano, head of EDC’s geothermal business unit in Negros Island said he was amazed at the interpretation of the young filmmakers’ concept of geothermal energy. “Their varied versions of our theme is a clear indication of their belief in geothermal energy as a part of our world’s solution to climate change,” he said.

Other finalists were Geo TV (a documentary-type video on the benefits of geothermal energy) and Pero Nag-effort (a geo engineering student rushed to her class only to find out that there wasn’t any because it was raining).

The contest’s esteemed panel of judges are composed of Negros Museum Bacolod’s executive director and National Center for Culture and the Arts executive committee member, Ms. Tanya Lopez; international mixed media artist and one of Silliman University’s contemporary and visual arts professors, Mr. Christian Tablazon; and digital and TV ads director and writer, Mr. Alvin Molina; EDC’s Corporate Communications group from its head office in Manila and its Community Partnerships, External Relations, and Watershed Management group in Negros Island.*