By: Kimry Danielle Gonzales


QUEZON CITY (September 9, 2017) — Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna’s Tugatog ng Tagumpay won the best documentary in the 8th Annual EdukCircle Documentary Making Competition held at the AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo.

Tugatog ng Tagumpay was produced by 4th year AB Communication students from the College of Arts and Sciences.

It narrates the story of a girl in Nasugbu, Batangas and her struggles in going school.

Segment Producer Elizabeth Sulla said that it is an honor that they represented LPU-Laguna in the competition and won the gold.

Executive Producer Elaine Motas narrated that the rejection they received last year did not stop them to try again this year.

“Opportunity knocked once again in the door step of success,” Motas stated.

Motas also added that their victory is for their case study Joy Baculi who served as their inspiration.

The production team also expressed their gratitude to their professor Jonh Paul Seño and to the whole faculty of CAS for supporting their documentary.

Meanwhile, TV5 Executive Producer Branden Milla explained what makes Tugatog ng Tagumpay the best.

“They know how to hit the heart,” Milla believed.

Milla also stated that in his four years of judging for the documentary competition, he witnessed the improvement of the entries every year.

He is also glad to see that the next generation of practitioners has the heart for making documentaries.

“As a media practioner, it is good to see the next generation of documentarists,” Milla expressed.

The panel of judges are from big media networks in the Philippines; TV5 Executive Producer Branden Milla, Rappler Editor Voltaire Tupaz, CNN Senior Correspondent Cecile Lardizabal, NewsTV Live Executive Producer Portia Carbonell, and ABS-CBN Anchor Zen Hernandez.

GMA Associate Producer Toni Pua is the chairman of the judges.

Communication student Christian Ragasa of Saint Louis University-Baguio said that Tugatog ng Tagumpay stood out from the other finalists because they caught the emotions of the viewers.

Ragasa also mentioned that the viewers could learn something from the winning documentary.

Tugatog ng Tagumpay could make the viewers realize how privileged they are in life,” Ragasa explained.

On the other hand, Sacred Hearts College of Lucena’s Biyahe lands second best documentary while San Sebastian College Recoletos Cavite’s Bahaghari sa Dilim finishes third.

Over twenty colleges and universities participated in the said competition.

The Annual EdukCircle Documentary Making Competition is one of the most sought-after awards by students in the ICCS seminar.

It serves as a platform for communication and journalism students to showcase their skills and ability in producing a sensible documentary tapping social issues.


Article Contributors: Victor Angelo Aranza; Jerus Ladanga

Photo by John Steven Bartolo

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