CEBU CITY, Philippines – “Express your love and care for your loved ones before it is too late,” this was the message of the Grand Winner of the Sinulog 2017 Short Film besting other entries during the screening and awarding ceremony on February 4 Saturday at Cinema One of SM City Cebu.

“Portal 40” emerged triumphant as it clinched the top plum in the Sinulog Best Short Film this year. It also bagged the Best Actor for its led character Choi, Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Philip Lapinid IV.

Lapinid in his victory speech after accepting the cash prizes and trophy highlighted that, “Our film wanted to tell everyone that we must express our love and care for our loved ones before it is too late,” adding that our perseverance now paid off after our entry was not screened in 2013 when we first joined this competition.

He also underscored that he dedicated the award to his late grandfather “Virgilio” who was not in good terms with him when the later died, citing that the film imparts lessons about loving, forgiving, accepting and valuing our loved ones.

“Sugilanon ni Lukas” by Niño Justin Tecson bagged the second place in the same category who also took four awards such as the People’s Choice, Best Playbill, Best Packaging and Best Supporting Actor for Niño Baldevino.

In the same category, Franz Arrogante’s “Sa-ad” captured the third place including the Best Sound Engineering and Musical Scoring, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

Other awardees include, “Circle” for Best Poster by Ryan Umbaña, “Lola Luz” for Best Supporting Actress by Reynalda David, and “Milagros” for Best Actress by Ligaya Rabago.

Meanwhile, Remton Siega Zuasola’s “The Boy From Mechelen” won the top prize in the Sinulog 2017 Best Documentary category which narrated the origin of the Holy Child Jesus Señor Santo Niño tracing its roots from Mechelen City in Belgium during the 15th Century. It also bagged the Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Director.

“Crossing Jordan” of Vicente Gloria Ozamiz came in close in the second place bagging the special awards such as Best Sound Engineering and Musical Scoring and Best Story.

In the same category, Alan Pacional Domingo’s “Tokhangyo Niño” grabbed the third place and the People’s Choice special award.

Other awardees included Irene Gonzales, Peter Antonee Consul and Aldo Nelbert Banaynal’s “Bugsay,” who took the Best Cinematography and Best Packaging. The Best Playbill went to Clandestine Project’s “Finding Niño”.

In the Sinulog 2017 Music Video category, Clandestine Project’s “Batang Balaan,” emerged victorious among other entries. It also bagged the People’s Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Engineering and Musical Scoring, Best Story, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Performer.

In the same category, Frenyx Tarongoy’s “Halad” and Ademar Adaza Ochotorena’s “Pag-ampo” won second and third places respectively.

In the meantime, the Sinulog 2017 Photo Contest top 3 grand winners are Joshue Ian Laroga, Angelo Miguel Sanchez, and Maui Recla, in that order. Winning Sinulog 2017 photos are also featured in the Exhibit held in the 3rd Floor of SM City Cebu from February 4-10 this year.

The awarding of the Sinulog Short Film, Documentary, Music Video and Photo competitions as well as the Exhibit wrapped up the huge success of the 37th Sinulog celebration which bore its original slogan, “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision,” in honor of the Holy Child Jesus. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/City of Cebu Public Information Office)