3rd Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival – Winners 2019


We present the list of winners for the 3rd Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival. The awarded films will be screened between June and October 2019 in Ayala Cinemas across the Philippines.

The Istorya Ng Pag-asa Film Festivals (INPFF) is a nationwide, all-digital film competition for original short documentaries featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos. Its aim is to give a platform for Filipino filmmakers showcasing true and inspiring stories of hope.

The INPFF is a project of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

Jury Members: Dan Villegas, Shamaine Buencamino, Doy Del Mundo, Mary Liza Diño Seguerra, Quark Henares, Dingdong Dantes and Iza Calzado

Grand Winner

Ka Dodoy
Ka Dodoy by Meg Serranilla and Mark Aposaga

Overfishing is a critical threat to Philippine seas, one of the most biodiverse waters in the world. Since the 1970s, this has led to the sharp and steady decline in fish stocks and has lost many marine species, here and around the world. Roberto “Ka Dodoy” Ballon, Jr. is the beloved chairman of the Kapunungan sa mga Gagmay’ng Mangingisda sa Concepcion (KGMC) – a fisherfolk organization in the municipality of Kabasalan, Province of Zamboanga Sibugay. His leadership, compassion, and sense of duty was instrumental in saving his barangay’s fish stock from collapsing and helping their community regain their fish by inspiring and educating people in cooperation and conservation. “Ka Dodoy” hopes to let more people know about this issue, and to understand that something has to be done to save our oceans before it’s too late.


1st Runner Up

Maglabay Ra In
Maglabay Ra In Sakit by Mijan Jumalon

Maglabay ra in sakit” tells the story of Khalid Hamid (RkJun), a 23-year-old Tausug rap artist who was born in Jolo, Sulu and raised in Zamboanga City. A dream that began when he was still young, he is determined to pursue a career in rap music even as he is beset by the challenges of poverty, loss, and the effects of terrorism in Southern Mindanao.


2nd Runner Up

Litratista by Allan Lazaro

When Nanay Fely’s husband died, she was left alone to fend for their seven children. In the ‘60s, she became a sales agent for a studio, knocking on doors in Metro Manila and nearby provinces to offer her photography services. Eventually, Nanay Fely’s curiosity led her to learning professional photography for special occasions. This became her career, landing her a job as the official photographer of public elementary schools in Manila. “Litratista” tells the story of Nanay Fely who has worked as a photographer for four decades and who continues to make people smile even until today.


People’s Choice Award

Yapak by Romel Lozada

Rodrigo and Robinson Rada are blind brothers from Maasim, Saragani who work in the field harvesting and dehusking coconuts, sunup to sundown. Separated from their parents, everyday is a struggle to support themselves. Their disability, however, has not hindered them from making a living.


Office of the Vice President Special Award

Modern Day Hero
Modern Day Hero by Roy Robert Rusiana

“Modern Day Hero” is about SPO4 Bill Felisan, who was a street child in the 1980s. At 13, he was apprehended for a petty crime, and was turned over to Cebu City’s Community Scouts Youth Guidance Center, a facility where street children are given a fresh start. Now, Kuya Bill is a high-ranking policeman and is a story of hope for others like him who struggled to find their way. This film hopes to inspire people, and shed light on the cases of children in conflict with the law who deserve a second chance.


Ayala Foundation Community Development Award

Ka Dodoy
Ka Dodoy by Meg Serranilla and Mark Aposaga


Best Director Award

Allan Lazaro for Litratista


Best Cinematography

Ka Dodoy
Ka Dodoy by Meg Serranilla and Mark Aposaga


Best Editing

Maglabay Ra In
Maglabay Ra In Sakit by Mijan Jumalon

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