Saturday, July 28, 2012

Let's Do This Together

The local filmmakers of Cebu will be holding a film festival dubbed as “Binisaya”. “Binisaya” is a film exhibition especially created to present the emerging wave of new Cebuano films to Cebuano audience and at the same time, to create a culture of cinema in Cebu.

  The first “Binisaya” exhibition was held on October 30, 2009 at Turtle’s Nest featuring “Uwan Init Pista sa Langit” “Mga Damgo” and “Yawyaw”. It was then followed on December 2 and 3, 2011 at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture Theater, University of San Carlos and became the first exhibition of Binisaya in a festival featuring short and feature length films from Cebu with guests from Manila and Davao.

“Biyernes Biyernes”, (One Day. One City, Seven Stories) a full-length film made through the collaborative efforts of seven local filmmakers became the featured film. In fact, “Biyernes Biyernes” was featured in BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation’s) Fast Track and was shown at the Yerba Buena screening room in San Francisco , California .

Now comes “Binisaya Film Festival 2012” will be the second exhibition of Binisaya in a festival format featuring short and feature length films from Cebu with guests from Manila, Davao and one foreign film this coming October 5, 6 and 7, 2012.

Binisaya 2012 will start its campus tour through “Lakbay Binisaya 2012” in order to ensure a wider audience, it will start in Ateneo de Davao this coming August 13-14, 2012. 

Submissions to the "CINEMAREHIYON: Cinema in the Regions [Binisaya Film Festival]" must be narrative fiction; 10-20 minutes (including opening/closing credits); dialogue should mainly be in Cebuano; with English subtitles; open theme but preferably should tackle Cebuano life, culture, and experience. 

“Binisaya 2012” is supported/partly funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Part of the proceeds of the said festival will go to the "Promoting Human Rights in the context of HIV/AIDS" prevention activities of Bisdak Pride, Inc. and will also be used to train emerging indie film makers in Cebu through the Binisaya Movement.
The three day event designed to showcase short films, narrative, documentary and music video from participating universities and colleges in Cebu . 

We expect more than 5,000 Cebuano audience (mostly students). Any information related to the event please do not hesitate to inquire us at  (Smart) 09217862022 (Sun)    0923-872-0288. Or email us at or .
Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Archdiocese of Cebu to Hold Discernment Conference on the Political Engagement of Public Servants

Archdiocese of Cebu

July 15, 2012

Archdiocese of Cebu to Hold Discernment Conferenceon the Political Engagement of Public Servants

The Archdiocese of Cebu led by Cebu Archbishop Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, D.D., in partnership with religious and lay organizations, will hold the “Cebu Discernment Conference on Political Engagement of Public Servants” on July 20, 2012 at the Cebu Mariners’ Court with the theme, “God’s Love: Everybody Called to Share Responsibilities for Public Welfare”.

The objectives of the conference are: 1) To create a venue where different or even opposing interests can come together and start a process for Church-State collaboration for the common good; 2) To raise the awareness of participants that public service in politics or in any field is a noble Christian vocation; 3) To help inculcate in the minds of participants that the good-governance continuum requires a discernment process.

Invited to the conference are around 1,500 public servants – elected and appointed in the local government units, schools, business, professional organizations, civic clubs, advocacy programs, and representatives from parishes and religious communities whom which the archbishop hopes to be “enough initial force to effect a ‘dent’ or to ‘shovel off’ the mountains of social problems.”

In his invitation, the Archbishop said that the problems of the people are increasing therefore there is an urgency to cooperate for the common good, “Even as we are focused on our respective approaches, I think we share the common conviction that we also need to be united and actively participate in some specific activities…We feel the urgency to come together and help one another, through prayer and sharing of resources.”

Speakers include Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) Head Convenor Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo, Diocese of Novaliches Msgr. Antonio Labiao, and Dilaab Fr. Carmelo Diola.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Couples for Christ, Association of Women Religious of Cebu, Dilaab, Council of the Laity, Archdiocesan Service Committee and the Cebu Clergy.

For reference:

Archdiocesan Discernment Group
Tel. No. 272-8091; email:
Contact Roxanne for inquiries: 09238720288

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