“Obra” makes it to Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival 2019

“Obra” makes it to Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival 2019

“Obra” makes it to Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival 2019

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Just recently, a group of young and talented artists from Colegio de San Juan de Letran Abucay Campus tried their hands in film making, in response to a call from the Office of the Vice President, Leni Robredo for entries to Istorya ng Pag-asa which started as a traveling photo gallery in 2016.
In 2018, it became a nationwide documentary film competition for original short documentaries aimed at giving a platform for Filipino film makers, featuring true and inspiring stories of hope, extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos, simply because VP Robredo believes that “We can change the conversation and build our nation with hope that transcends gender, social status, political party, religion or region, or business affiliation.”
Out of the 98 film makers who submitted their work on the recently concluded Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival 2019, the film “Obra” directed by Geneva Malit, together with Raven Ochoa and Lorraine Balbaloza, made it to the Top 10 finalists.
“Obra” is the life story of Alexander Lacson Quizon, of Samal, Bataan. Simply Al or Sir Al to his protegees, he is a full-time visual artist in Bataan who fought and won his personal battle against illegal drugs.
He started using drugs when he was in high school due to peer pressure. He entered a rehabilitation center twice, but twice he failed to get the change he was seeking.
“I think the reason why I wasn’t cured twice in the rehabilitation is that, the rehabilitation focused more on the physical activities rather than attending to our emotional needs,” said Mr. Quizon.
Determined to win his personal battle against drugs, Sir Al entered another rehabilitation center for the third time and this time, he won.
Sir Al attributes his victory over drugs by following his heart; engaging to his passion which is visual arts. He said that he found his real purpose in life through visual arts inside the rehabilitation center where he became an arts instructor.
Nowadays Sir Al has transformed his passion into an advocacy. He is actively involved in Guhit-Pinas Bataan Chapter as adviser. As such, he organized a roving art workshop, teaching children and even grown ups in different municipalities all over Bataan, the rudiments in painting, for free.
He hopes that through this advocacy, he can lure young people into arts instead of drugs.,

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