Last March 13, 2010, UP Tomo-Kai held the third edition of its Nihongo short-film making competition, Sulyap 3: Sineng Pinoy na May Timplang Hapon. This competition aims not only to promote Japanese-Filipino relations by incorporating elements of the two cultures, but also to provide a venue for students to demonstrate their command in Nihongo and their creativity as well.
This year’s theme is environmental awareness. With climate change upon us and extreme weather events taking place, it is really important that people become aware of the current situation of our planet. Through Sulyap 3, TK aims to fulfill its objective of promoting environmental awareness.
Held at the Bulwagang Sala’am in Romulo Hall at 1:00 PM, the program was hosted by TK member Grace Longakit and Japanese exchange student from Ritsumeikan University, Hiroki Maeda. Things were kicked off by the Opening Remarks from Tomo-Kai president Razel Navalta. Afterwards, Sulyap was intoduced to everybody by former TK president and alumnus Julius Rhoan Lustro. He talked about the main objectives and the short history of the contest.
The featured films were shown next. The films were judged by Kumi Nakayama and Miwa Hori, based on criteria of language competency, originality and creativity, production value and audience impact.
Before the reveal of the winners, Japanese commercial adaptations made by students of Hapon 10 and 11, were shown as intermission, much to the audience’s amusement. The Tomo-Kai Eisa Dancers also performed the traditional Okinawan dances. Snacks were also served. A short trivia game about the Philippines, Japan and the environment was played as well. Prizes from Hero TV were given away to the lucky winners.
In the end, “Watashi no Omoi, Hahanaru Chikyuu Eno Okurimono” (Lessons from my Heart: Gifts to Mother Earth) bagged the 1st prize and the 10,000php. The film was made by Team Green Planet- UST Midori Wakusei, students all the way from the University of Sto. Tomas. It is about a Filipino Japanese with a strong commitment towards the revival of the environment. “Kawa” (River) by UP’s very own Team DMA won 2nd place the 5,000php, while “Bistro Ricardo,” a film from TK’s current batch of applicants, placed 3rd.
Thank you to Japan Foundation Manila and CVC Law for making this event possible. Thanks also to Kikkoman, and our media sponsors, Hero TV and 91.5 Energy FM!