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Baon Royale: Challenging hierarchies

Baon Royale: Challenging hierarchies

Letters
By TAFFY ARELLA M. BERNALES GRADE 5-MALUSOG has a secret and it occurs whenever the clock strikes noon. With the door slammed shut and curtains drawn close, the clandestine “Baon Royale” takes place and it is “the coolest competition in school”— or so they thought. Under the direction of Grace Clarisse Cinco, Baon Royale is a short film that bagged Sine Reel 2019 awards for Best Picture and Best Editing as well as the Maginhawa Film Festival award for Best Film in Student Category (2020). One might think that a film set within an elementary school and carried out by child actors would have a simple plot. Yet, Baon Royale goes beyond this impression by subtly showcasing a microcosm of society through innocence. The film centers on a section of fifth-graders (5-Malusog) who partake
Heist School: Breaking the System

Heist School: Breaking the System

Letters
By RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO   EDUCATION is the key to navigating a world full of adversities. The knowledge students gain from learning institutions can enhance their innate skills. To many, it is the training ground for their future careers that can help initiate the advancement of society. However, the state’s education system centers on competition by setting standards in class—those who do not meet these standards are oppressed by the system by marking them with failing grades.  This leads them to degenerative means such as cheating, a means that ushers them to commit their first act of corruption.  The short film Heist School, directed and co-written by Julius Renomeron Jr., centers on a group of students who devised a plan to get the answer keys for their preli
Ang Halaga ng Sakit sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom

Ang Halaga ng Sakit sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom

Letters
By FATIMA B. BADURIA MAY MGA PAGHAHANGAD na minamabuting kimkimin ng ilan kahit wala itong bahid ng kasamaan. Dahil ito sa maaaring isipin ng ibang tao na bagamat nananatili sa kanya-kanyang kaisipan ay sadyang may pangil minsan. Bilang resulta, ang ibinabaong damdamin ay nagsisibol ng peligro. Sa una, paunti-unting sisirit ang mga emosyong nabubulok. Hindi magtatagal, bubuhos ito nang may hindi inaasahang bagsik. Ito ang kwentong ipinamalas ng Four Eye Films sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom na idinerehe ni Miguel Pascua. Pinamunuan ng mga estudyante ng communication arts sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas ang produksyon nito. Kabilang ito sa mga pelikulang kasalukuyang itinatampok ng Sine Reel 2021 na maaaring tunghayan sa iWantTFC.  Ang ibinibidang si Niño (Adrian Cabido) ay isang
Itlog: The Reality of Being Responsible

Itlog: The Reality of Being Responsible

Letters
By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO   AT A YOUNG AGE, a child is introduced to the concept of responsibility by their parents or guardians. While it can be taught in various ways, the lesson they wish to impart holds great importance to children as they grow up and enter the real world. Directed by Aina Eunice Viray, Itlog is one of the exhibition films for this year’s Sine Reel, an annual film-making competition that features short films produced by fourth-year students of the UST Communication Arts Students’ Association (CASA). The short film is now streaming for free on iWantTFC. Focusing on the struggles of responsibility, the short film follows a mischievous young boy named Miggy (Juan Carlos Tamayo). The story begins when he was entrusted to keep an egg intact for a whole day by h
Alon: The Receding Waves

Alon: The Receding Waves

Letters
By DAWN DANIELLE D. SOLANO   REDEMPTION comes from recalling one’s mistakes. It then ripples to the will to amend for them. On the other hand, seeking to forget only adds salt to the wound, making it difficult to forgive oneself. Directed by Teresa Urmatam, a UST communication arts graduate, Alon is one of the 14 featured short films of Sine Reel 2021. The film is about loss, grief, and recovery and is currently streaming free on iWantTFC. Alon opens in a joyous atmosphere. In the beginning, the audience is introduced to the wholesome bond of the Fajardo family. The three siblings, Issa (Chin Jongko), Eman (Jeremy Sayas), and Imy (Katrina Urmatam), are shown having comfortable banter with their parents while on their way to the beach.  However, the lively scene is o