Monday, November 30, 2009

Pinoy Animators Hailed at Animahenasyon 2009

during the Animahenasyon 2009: 3rd Pinoy Animation Festival held last November 25-28, 2009 at the Gateway Mall, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

Organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI), the festival aims to encourage the production of original content in Philippine animation, recognize the Filipino talent in the field of animation, and achieve local and international animation excellence and competitiveness.

The four-day event was filled with animated films exhibition, international and business forums, master class/workshop. Creative Media (CreaM) and Film Society of the Philippines’ environment-oriented animated film “Likas Ligtas: Gubat at Dagat” (Zipzappers of the Tree and Sea) had a special screening as the opening film for the event. The 34th Metro Manila Film Festival winner for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Musical Score and Best Theme Song “Dayo (sa Mundo ng Elementalia)” was shown as the closing film for the festival.

Gateway Mall also had exhibit of works of this year’s lifetime achievement awardee Jose Zabala Santos, nephew of renowned artist Nonoy Marcelo.

Mr. Santos received the posthumous lifetime achievement award for his significant contributions and outstanding original body of work that have shaped the beginning of Philippine animation, for his pioneering spirit in promoting, instilling and integrating Filipino culture in his work, for continually demonstrating and setting aesthetic excellence in his craft, and for all his artistic endeavors and unwavering effort in keeping the creative industry alive in the country.

Meanwhile, the first Animahenasyon Institutional Award was given to the Digital Arts and Computer Animation department of the Ateneo de Naga University for its consistent and active participation in the Animahenasyon Pinoy Animation Festival for three consecutive years, for producing a body of animated works on a par with industry standards that has resulted in the creative melding of the academe and industry, and for its continuous effort in promoting and creating original Filipino content in animation.

Former Philippine Daily Inquirer comic strip contributor Nelson “Blog” Caliguia, Jr. went home as the Grand Prize winner and bagging two other awards, Best Animation - Category B (6-20 minutes) and Hero’s Choice for his entry “Mutya” (maiden or muse). “Mutya” revolves around the unlikely friendship of a girl with forest spirits or “anitos.” Mr. Caliguia received a total cash prize of P 120, 000.00 (P100, 000.00 for Grand Prize Award and P20, 000.00 for Best Animation - Category B) and his work will be aired on local anime/cartoon cable channel Hero TV.

Aside from Mr. Caliguia, Mr. Santos and Ateneo de Naga University, aspiring and professional animators also showcased their works and won in their respective categories.

Professional Division:
Best Animation - Category A (1-5 minutes) – Edison and the Moths by Maria Cristina “Tinay” Sison
Best Animation - Category F (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – Pasintabi trailer by Jeff Capili

Student/Amateur Division:
Best Animation - Category H (1-5 minutes) – Clownes by Neil Paul Molina
Best Animation - Category I (6-20 minutes) – The Handbook by Jose Luis R. Buan
Best Animation - Category K (Music video) – Yugto by John Kristoffer R. Sta. Clara
Best Animation - Category L (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – Philips Light Bulb by Samuel Elias Kirk Bacsain

Special Awards:
Special Citation - Robotica by Allan Ray Bumanglag [lone entry for Category J (21 – 40 minutes)]
Best Regional Entry - Lukso by John Kristoffer R. Sta. Clara of Ateneo de Naga University
Audience choice - The Handbook by Jose Luis R. Buan

For more information, contact the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) at (632) 483-9501, (632) 817-2727 local 108, email, or visit their website at


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