UE Comm film ‘Phykos’ is finalist in 4th Indie-Siyensya

The official "Phykos" movie poster...

The official “Phykos” movie poster…

“Phykos,” a 10-minute documentary film directed by 3rd-year Communication student Tristan Caballes of the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Caloocan, has been officially selected as one of the top 5 finalists of the 4th Indie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition in the Youth Category!

Katherine Tac-on, Skey Balbero, Raidelle Gregorio, Angelo Alegre, Angeli Vitente, Prof. Armin Santos Coronado, Tristan Caballes, Aira Albarido, Eloisa Castillo, and Joshua Vito Cruz at the PUP Institute for Science and Technology Research...

Katherine Tac-on, Skey Balbero, Raidelle Gregorio, Angelo Alegre, Angeli Vitente, Prof. Armin Santos Coronado, Tristan Caballes, Aira Albarido, Eloisa Castillo, and Joshua Vito Cruz at the PUP Institute for Science and Technology Research…

The short docu, produced by Silakbo Films, mainly revolves on the ingenious ways on how to use algae or “lumot” in battling contemporary problems such as plastic and air pollution, prevailing illnesses, and generally the advancement of the Philippines on Science and Research.

Orbital Exploration (OrbitX) founders Dexter P. Baño Jr. (left) and Joshua Naungayan...

Orbital Exploration (OrbitX) founders Dexter P. Baño Jr. (left) and Joshua Naungayan…

Mr. Caballes and his team interviewed Professor Armin Santos Coronado, a phycologist at the PUP Institute for Science and Technology Research, as well as the founders of Orbital Exploration or OrbitX, a start-up company that aims to use renewable energy as a fuel for aerospace technologies. These experts shared their own ways on how they maximize the use of algae and also expressed their concerns on the underlying challenges of developing its potential.

Per the film’s producer, 3rd-year CAS Caloocan Communication Arts student and former CAS Caloocan Student Council President Angeli Vitente, they came up with this documentary as they were personally amazed on how useful lumot can be, given that this is commonly disregarded. They want this to serve as an eye-opener—that there are still a lot of things out there, especially in our country, that are yet to be discovered, and that we need to give more importance to science and research and more support to our own scientists and researchers.

Tristan Caballes, Angelo Alegre, and Angeli Vitente (from left) setting up for a shoot at the Muñoz Wet Market in Quezon City…

Tristan Caballes, Angelo Alegre, and Angeli Vitente (from left) setting up for a shoot at the Muñoz Wet Market in Quezon City…

The Indie-Siyensya Science Filmmaking Competition is organized by the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. With “Communities beyond the naked eye” as theme, the competition started last October 23, 2019, and ran up to January 27, 2020. The awarding was supposedly last March 19 but had to be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. The virtual awarding, however, is set to be done this September 30, 2020.

Tristan Caballes (right), with Cyruz Herrera, along the streets of Muñoz.

Tristan Caballes (right), with Cyruz Herrera, along the streets of Muñoz.

Starting off as a group for a school project, Silakbo Films consists of eight 3rd-year Communication students of UE CAS Caloocan. This is their second time to join a nationwide filmmaking competition and their second time to be among the finalists.

Their entry is available for streaming onIndie-Siyensya’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/AkQvOr6wfXg

Kudos, Warrior Documentary Filmmakers!

[Report and photos courtesy of Ms. Angeli Vitente and Prof. Richard S. Legaspi]
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