Warriors Profs Take Part in Int’l Pitching Seminar Workshop

The photos here show Prof. Legaspi and Prof. Dagumboy receiving their certificates of participation at the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards 2019, with JMC Academy’s Film & Television Department Head Mark Overett, and with fellow Filipinos at the international film-pitching event.

The photos here show Prof. Legaspi and Prof. Dagumboy receiving their certificates of participation at the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards 2019, with JMC Academy’s Film & Television Department Head Mark Overett, and with fellow Filipinos at the international film-pitching event.

UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) graduate and lecturer on visual communication and award-winning filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi and UE College of Business Administration-Caloocan Assistant Professor international research presenter Eloida Carpio Dagumboy recently teamed up to take part in the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards 2019 of the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KIFF).

This is Prof. Dagumboy and Prof. Legaspi’s first producer-and-director collaboration, for the documentary project ‘Place, Displace, Replace’, a film in the development stage and supported by institutions in Taiwan, Italy and Manila.

Sabah Pitching Training & Awards is an educational platform for all filmmakers and producers around South East Asia and mentored by Mark Overett, Head of Department for Film & Television of the Brisbane, Australia-based JMC Academy.

‘Place, Displace, Replace’ explores the various voices of three ASEAN migrant workers working in Milan, Dubai and Taiwan, an intertwining narrative of the continuous cycle of modern-day slavery, despondency and prejudice. This is the third full-length documentary of Prof. Legaspi after the success of his Cine Totoo and UNIDEE-Italy-funded project ‘Ang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta’ and ‘Halfway Home’, which is currently in production with the support of Taiwan’s Emerald Grant Initiative and Southeast Asian Migrant Inspired (SEAMi).

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The film industry was a turf of Prof. Dagumboy’s late father-in-law, Jose “Joe” M. Dagumboy, a prominent Filipino director who left significant marks in local and international film. In serving as consultant and line producer for Prof. Legaspi’s new documentary, Prof. Dagumboy’s marketing expertise has thus led her to a field of endeavor closer to home and family.

Prof. Legaspi commenced the research on ‘Place, Displace, Replace’ in 2013, when he was selected for an art residency in Italy under the UNESCO Aschberg Scholarship. He continued his immersion in Biella, under the University of Ideas, from 2013 to 2015. It was extended up to 2016 through the Emerald Initiative Grant, which he received during his Taiwan residency.

The project will take a long journey, but Profs. Legaspi and Dagumboy are optimistic that it will receive funding, especially with their participation in the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards.

Malaysia’s KIFF was supported by its Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment; the Goethe-Institute; SEDIA; the Japan Foundation; the NZ High Commission; Alliance Française, the French Embassy, and Institut Français; the Embassies of Italy, Argentina and Brazil; and MBO Imago Mall. This is Malaysia’s longest-running film festival based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and this year marks KKIFF’s 10th year, hosting international and regional movie screenings, talks, workshops and training for filmmakers. The Sabah Pitching Training & Awards was held from September 13 to 15, 2019, with the succeeding days were devoted to networking and cultural activities.

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Prof. Legaspi is a 2000 graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts, of the then UE College of Fine Arts, where he also has been teaching. He is a graduate of the 14th batch of renowned writer Ricky Lee’s scriptwriting workshop, and is a fellow of the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea. He was a recipient of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012 and of Taiwan’s Emerald Grant Initiative, and was the Film Development Council of the Philippines Film Ambassador in 2018.

Prof. Dagumboy earned her Bachelor in Office Administration degree, Cum Laude, from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). She was awarded Outstanding Graduate by her alma mater and Gintong Parangal (Golden Award) by her hometown, the City of Malabon. She acquired her Master in Business Administration also from the PUP and is at present a Doctor of Business Administration candidate of the UE Graduate School. Being entwined with multiple domains has inspired Ms. Dagumboy to further explore the amalgamation of marketing, art and culture.

For the last quarter of 2019, Prof. Legaspi’s film will compete at the Chania International Film Festival in Greece, while Prof. Dagumboy is set to present her research paper at the Asian Conference on Media, Communication and Film at Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.

Kudos, Warrior Professors and Filmmakers!

(Report and photos courtesy of Prof. Legaspi)

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