In a world where storytelling knows no bounds, the power of documentary filmmaking remains a significant force in bringing to light untold stories and societal issues. Recently, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna’s esteemed B. Multimedia Arts alumnus, James Russel V. Magnaye, along with his talented co-creators, Noel Quiapos and Gio Rayla, have made a remarkable impact with their documentary, ‘Báon sa Byahe.’ Their work has garnered widespread acclaim, including the prestigious 2nd Place and Best Regional Entry awards in the Documentary Category at the 35th Gawad Alternatibo.
This compelling documentary, ‘Báon sa Byahe,‘ showcases the trio’s dedication to shedding light on pressing issues about the Jeepney Phaseout. Their commitment to storytelling and advocacy has not only gained them recognition but has also brought these crucial narratives to the forefront. The documentary delves into the daily struggles of Filipino jeepney drivers who are currently fighting against the government’s modernization initiative.
The 35th Gawad Alternatibo, hosted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is a highly regarded competition celebrating the creative work of Filipino independent filmmakers. Magnaye, Quiapos, and Rayla’s ‘Báon sa Byahe’ impressed the judges and audiences alike, earning them the 2nd Place award in the Documentary Category. Additionally, their exceptional work was honored with the Best Regional Entry award, recognizing its contribution to the promotion of regional stories and perspectives.
James Russel V. Magnaye is no stranger to the art of documentary filmmaking. His dedication to crafting meaningful narratives has earned him a spot in the spotlight. Magnaye’s passion for storytelling and documentary filmmaking was further highlighted when he was featured in an article published by the Philippine Star. Titled “Memory keepers: Meet the new generation of Filipino documentary filmmakers,” this article celebrated Magnaye and his colleagues as part of the emerging generation of talented filmmakers.
In a world that constantly hungers for compelling stories that make a difference, ‘Báon sa Byahe’ and its creators are paving the way for a new generation of Filipino documentary filmmakers, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of socially conscious cinema; one of the best representations of Mapúa MCL’s unwavering dedication to Excellence and Virtue.