“One should never underestimate children’s artistic capabilities.”
This is what Anak TV president Elvira Yap Go emphasized in her speech during a press conference at The Peninsula Manila Hotel where they announced the winners to this year’s Sinebata Video Competition.
Sinebata 2018 is a competition of creators of videos for and by children from the Philippines convened by Anak TV, an advocacy organization that promotes television literacy and child-sensitive, family-friendly television in the Philippines.
Under the theme “Everyday’s Hero,” the winners in different categories are:
1. Professional Non-Fiction under 7 age category – ‘Kid Kuwento: Everyone Can Be A Hero’ from Net 25.
2. Professional Non-Fiction 8-12 age category – ‘Team Yey: Aso’t Pusa’ from ABS-CBN
3. Professional Non-Fiction 13-17 age category – ‘Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho: Akay Ako Ni Kuya’ from GMA-7
4. Professional Fiction 8-12 age category – ‘Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko: Pepe And The Werpa Kids’ from GMA-7
5. Professional Fiction 13-17 age category – ‘Wansapanataym: Jasmine’s Flower Power’ from ABS-CBN
6. Amateur category – ‘Kapteyn’ by Alwin S. Malonzo of La Verdad Christian School
7. Children category under 12 – ‘Pabaon’ by Rona Barbon, Princess Barbon, Shyzelle Lopez, and Princes Shaira Maddawin of Andres Bonifacio Elementary School
8. Children category 13-15 – ‘Salapi’ by Genelyn Lambon, Al-Basir Samson and Jenard Baiza of ERDA Foundation Lingap Pangkabataan of DSWD
9. Children category 16-18 – ‘Super Guro’ by Yahser T. Malang from Parang, Maguindanao
The winners were picked by a panel composed of representatives from member networks of Anak TV, and those from the Council for the Welfare of Children, and the Department of Social Work and Development.
“Some of the videos may have been made by children, but these convey deep messages about love and respect,” Go said. “I am proud of their outputs. Indeed, children are our future.”
Apart from receiving trophies and other prizes, the winners will represent the country to the Second Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children (SEAVFC) – also known as Southeast Asia Prix Jeunesse — which the Philippines is hosting for the second time.
The participants from the Southeast Asian regions – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – will follow the same theme in order to payhomage to the people who have performed heroic deeds – big or small – and who have made a lasting impression on youth.
Over the years, TV producers dream of bringing home recognition from the Prix Jeunesse Festival because it is among the highest honors in children’s media. It is likened to receiving an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, more popularly known as an Oscar award, in this case, for outstanding achievement in kids’ TV.
In 2017, four Sinebata winners fielded to the 1st Southeast Prix Jeunesse won major awards.
The Southeast Asian Video Festival 2018 will be held on Nov. 22 to the 24th at The Peninsula Manila Hotel.