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Children, amateur and professional filmmakers headlined the first-ever Southeast Asia (SEA) Prix Jeunesse video festival and competition held at the Peninsula Manila Hotel last November 27-29, 2017.

SEA Prix Jeunesse is one of the activities for the 25th National Children’s Month and ASEAN 50th Anniversary celebration.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) partnered with Anak TV for the conduct of SEA Prix Jeunesse to promote child participation and to encourage more child-friendly TV programs in the Philippines.

Prior to SEA Prix Jeunesse, CWC and Anak TV teamed-up for SINEBATA 2017 that selected the best video entries of children to represent the country in the competition.


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 Photo Caption: Children from the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia working on their photos for
the Visual Storytelling Learning Session


Learning sessions on visual storytelling were conducted during the 3-day event, participated by children from the Southeast Asian region.

These children engaged in discussions on photography and filmmaking from the experts in the industry. Among the speakers were Indonesian producer, director and actress Livi Zheng, ABS-CBN Philippines’ Creative Head, Mr. Alex Asuncion, and Ms. Arah Guiao of INCTV.

Capping off the learning sessions, children participants were able to exhibit their photos in the gallery.

Notably, indigenous children Rosemarie Labita from the Aeta community and Jennifer Liwag from the Kalanguya community of Region III placed 3rd and 1st in the photo exhibition. In addition, Scouts Kristiana Mikhael Florendo and Matthew Angelo Eduardo of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines placed 2nd.


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 Photo caption: Awarding of best photos from the photo exhibition. 
(L-R) Rosemarie Labita (3rd place), Jennifer Liwag (1st place), and Kristiana Mikhael Florendo
and Matthew Angelo Eduardo (2nd place)


Children were also given the opportunity to participate in the Kid’s Jury for the Kid’s Choice Award.

The Philippines bagged awards for the video entries under the professional, amateur and children’s category.

For the children’s category showcasing the theme “Pride in Self, Family Values and Traditions,” the winners were “The black sheep” of LAO PDR, “The rural teacher” from Lao PDR, and “Lakbay” from the Philippines, respectively.

Lakbay” and “Reel time: Isinulat sa tubig,” from the Philippines bagged the Kids Choice Award.  In addition, Lansangan and Lakbay from the Philippines received the “Heart Award”

It is anticipated that the event would inspire producers and filmmakers to conceptualize more child-friendly films and TV programs in the future.


Celaine Cabrera
Public Affairs and Information Office
Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

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