SIQUIJOR, Nov. 26 (PIA) -- Siquijor Provincial Science High School's documentary film entitled "Kalampusan" was awarded as one of the regional finalists during the 2019 Regional Adolescent Health Development Film Festival conducted by the regional office of Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM-7) at Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City on Nov. 14, 2019.
The other finalists were Cebu City Science High School's "Carousel" and Bais National High School's "Mamang."
Best Documentary Film was awarded to "Hagip-ot," (or "Cramped"), the entry of high school students from City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy.
A documentary film that intends to make young people aware about reproductive health, "Hagip-ot" is a 15-minute film that talks about the story of Siela Ortega-Maloon as she struggles to raise seven children.
Early marriage and early pregnancy are contributing facts in her life to the Philippines' high birth rate and sluggish living standards as it is still in stage two of its demographic transition and is currently heading into stage three.
"Hagip-ot" also won special awards in Writing, Direction, Cinematography, Audio Use, and Production Value.
It will be the official regional entry of POPCOM-7 for the national competition in Manila next year.
Now in its fifth year, the independent inter-school film-making contest is an annual activity open for all public and private high schools in Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, and Negros Oriental.
It focuses on Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) to address the well-being of adolescents on concerns about youth sexuality, reproductive health, and their rights.
This year's genre is documentary filming of people in communities with real life situations with the theme: "The Youth and the Demographic Transition." (rac/PIA-Siquijor w/ POPCOM7 PR)