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I am a proud sister who felt the need to publish this blogpost in honor of the Director of the film entitled Karangalan which was an official entry to the Iglesia ni Cristo’s Excellence in Visual Media Centennial Edition. They were lucky and blessed enough to have been chosen in the top 20 amongst the 120 entries across the globe.

The Film Director is none other than my younger brother who is also the Kuerdas Band Major.

Unknown to many, he had been exposed to the world of arts and theatre when he was in high school and had even performed to different places across the country. His exposures were such a feat.

Film making on the other hand is a varied and alien field for a budding director like him. He related to me that he had to do a lot of research for the project to materialize.

On October 31 was the Awards Night which was held at the Philippine Arena. Karangalan bagged two major awards namely: Best in Production Design and Best in Costume Design respectively.

They were nominees for the following awards:

Best in Promoting Christian Values
Best in Cinematography
Best in Script
Best in Editing
Best Director

My brother came up the stage to accept the award for the Best In Costume Design. It was clear that he was overwhelmed before the humongous crowd (50,000?) and was close to being speechless. I was told he went to the Philippine Arena without any expectations in his heart at all, thus the unprepared speech. Hahaha! He pulled it through nicely nonetheless.

Obviously overwhelmed before a jam-packed crowd at the Philippine Arena

Obviously overwhelmed before a jam-packed crowd at the Philippine Arena


For a beginner, it is quite a feat to make it to Top 3! I suppose next year will be an even better year.

Kudos to the Church Administration for coming up with this endeavour.

I vividly recalled in one of my chats with my brother that he considers it his way of sharing his God-given gifts to the Church in the realms of arts, music, and theatre. Indeed, his effort and personal sacrifices paid off.

Congratulations Cotabato South and the entire cast of Karangalan! We are proud of you! Praises and glory be unto God!

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The Kuerdas band major, Jay Son, was the one who inspired me to play the guitar.

Onyok and his guitar

I remember back in my freshman years in college, whenever he comes to visit us in our boarding house which actually became our place for hang out, he brings with him a guitar. A lot of our cousins live in the same compound including myself and my older brother. We would sing songs together and have fun mostly after dinner. And in between those singing and chatting sessions, he would patiently teach me the basics of playing the guitar. He┬ádoesn’t own a guitar at that time. It was just a simple guitar which, as far as I can remember, was borrowed from a good friend of his. Well, we were only students back then. Our parents couldn’t afford to buy us everything that we desire. :)

I realized this is the only picture of us together. You will have to look for Jay Son though!!! LOL!!!

Anyway, whenever I was able to learn to play a song with the guitar, he’d always compliment me and tell me I’m a “fast learner”. I was all the more motivated to learn to play and sing together with them during our hang out sessions at the boarding house.

He pretty much taught me the basics of music and that I should sing from the heart. He was actually my music instructor, my mentor. In fact, he was my biggest influence for my LOVE of MUSIC!

I miss you, Kuya Jay Son!!!

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