WMSU MassCom studes shine in 75th Dia de Zamboanga fete PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 March 2012 14:31

Mass Communications students from Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) stood out in the recently concluded 75th Dia de Zamboanga celebration last February 25-27 with major triumphs in the competitions held by the city government of Zamboanga and private entities.

Jeffrey G. Marcos, a senior Broadcasting major, took home the crown as Mr. Zamboanga 2012 during the February 23rd competition, besting 11 other male contenders at Astoria Plaza Convention, Grand Astoria Hotel.

Marcos also holds the Mr. MassCom and Mr. WMSU 2011 titles in the annual intramurals of the said university.

Meanwhile, budding filmmakers from the same department clinched the 2nd and 3rd places in the 2012 Zamboanga International Film Festival, a joint undertaking of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the City Government of Zamboanga.

Emery Lyndon Bue conceptualized the film titled, ‘Soseso’ which deals with the story of a Visayan rapper who had been bullied as a child and strived to dwell in the place where he is not a native of. Alpahad Suba, on the other hand, a junior Broadcasting major, directed the film ‘Correji’ which revolves around a highland Zamboangueño family experiencing inadequacy in life and also tackles life issues in a rural barangay. They went home with P20,000 and P10,000 cash with plaque of recognition respectively.

“Being considered as finalist, winner na rin ako,” Bue said.

“Seeing the reactions of the mayor at ng mga viewers sa Closing Program, iba ang feeling, para kang nasa ibabaw ng langit,” Bue added.

“It was unexpected na pasok kame sa top 3. Ibang films kasi ang ine-expect naming papasok sa top 3. Masaya kami dahil kumbaga it was the first time na sumali kami.” said Suba. “It inspired me to do more, to show more and to learn more.”

Other entries from the Mass Communications department of WMSU included ‘Roga’ by Kevin Swhazcy B. Isidro, ‘Momento’ by Mark Lee and ‘Empesadora’ by Alvin Dacanay. They all received plaques of recognition in the closing ceremonies at the Lantaka Hotel on February 27.

This short film competition was the first of its kind in the city which served as the highlight of the Dia de Zamboanga celebration with the theme, ‘Cultura de Zamboanga’ and had opened doors for the creative minds of film enthusiasts. The film entries were shown in Mindpro Cinemas 1 and 3 aimed at hoisting the awareness of Zamboangueños on Filipino films, especially those that depict Zamboangueño culture.

“I do understand now that the students are learning from the subjects I’m teaching with reference to the outcome of the competition,” Mr. Edralin Villanueva, a faculty of the Mass Communications department, said in an interview.

On the other hand, the WMSU College of Engineering and Technology (CET) Hawks Pep Squad is this year’s champion of the Dia de Zamboanga Open Cheerdance Competition held at the Zamboanga City Coliseum last February 22. — Elson C. Ledesma-WMSU Mass Communications Department