UP Diliman, Quezon City — The 2nd Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition award ceremony took place at Aldaba Hall of the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus last December 5. The competition organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) “focuses on the promoting of communication of scientific concepts through film platform.” This year, DOST-SEI collaborated with UP College of Mass Communication to emphasize the “value of the audio-visual medium in science education” with the theme “A Portrait of the Filipino as a Scientist.”
Two projects won the Best Film award for the Youth and Science & Technology Professional category. Philippine Science High School – Central Luzon students won the Youth category for their film on Nicholas Czar Antonio with the title “Ilusyon” while “Paglabud” (When the Waves Swell) of ThinkConnect.PH won the S&T Professional category for their work focused on Dr. Margie Dela Cruz.
A documentary featuring UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center Director and UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay as a Filipino scientist won the Viewers’ Choice Special Award. Videos for the category were chosen by viewers after they were streamed online from November 27 to December 1.
Members of the UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students, Incorporated (UP ALCHEMES, Inc.), a duly registered youth serving organization recognized by the National Youth Commission, filmed the feature documentary conveying the theme “A Portrait of a Filipino Scientist.”
The students invited Dr. Lagmay as a featured scientist, with their recognition of the impacts of Project NOAH not just in the disaster risk reduction and management but in the whole scientific community of our country. Their documentary film explored Dr. Lagmay’s career in disaster research which led to his leadership of the UP NOAH Center.
“The program NOAH was designed to gather all of the funded research development projects of the government and put them together. Those that were related to disaster risk reduction, [were put] into operation so that there will be a direct impact of the research to the people that are in need,” Dr. Lagmay said.