Serbis : A documentary

We all want to experience fun. The idea of visiting another place other than your everyday reality brings excitement and a little bit of hesitation. Oh, honestly, this moment – a lot of hesitation.

Who wouldn’t panic, we are visiting not Disneyland or anything near to that – we are going to explore a place called Smokey Mountain. Not such a lucrative idea.

But the daunting task of coming up with a documentary is more powerful than the little butterflies in the stomach. “Ah, kaya namin ito”, we agreed with conviction. Thanks to Mr. Ricky R of RTV Production and Direction for pushing us to go far and excel in his subject.

And so the adventure begins. The first visit, an ocular inspection actually, was not devoid of novelty. We were impressed by the Philippine Christian Foundation opened and managed by a British national Ms. Jane Walker. Though she was not around at that time, the Filipino staff was very helpful and they toured us around the school.

The classrooms were managed by volunteer teachers to student-beneficiaries who have their own sponsors from both local and international sectors. Even their meals were programmed and transportation service available all for free.

From where are all these students coming from? All came from the impoverished community of the Smokey Mountain particularly the so-called temporary housing. The primary occupation (if we can call it that) here is “pag-uuling” or coal-making from the crates retrieved from barges that dock at the nearby pier. (we all smelled of burnt whatnot when we went home that day).

It is worth to mention that what really amazed us were the industry of classy bag-making at the third floor of the PCF Building. The bags made up of the tin can tips are worth thousands of pesos (like 3,500-5,000php/bag) and sold in UK.

And so we planned the shoot. Unlike the usual theme of the docu where it explores poverty through the eyes of the poor child or disabled poor individual, we focused on the heroism of the social worker. Rarely do the focus is on them. So through the social worker named Cris Moraga, the documentary ala-Front Row style went underway.

The interview portion was breezy, with JP, Val, Judi, Jhec, Maricon and yours truly enjoying the photo ops. We did not mind that we were standing already for hours, and did not feel hungry despite the lateness of the hour. We were enjoying. Take note, we employed a professional cameraman and an HD camera to boot. Ah, we are not leaving anything to chance. We intend to come up with quality video so be it.

After late lunch, we proceeded to Cris’ working place. Here the meat of the daunting task began. The intense rainfall did not dampen our spirits. If only, the gloomy atmosphere only added to the texture of the scene. “Ah, good good,” says Direk JP.

So, with much caution for the camera (wrapped with plastic bag to protect it from the rain) the challengers followed Cris through as he went to gingerly traverse the seawall. (One false move and you end up splashing in the waters of Manila Bay).

Fulfillment filled each one when they successfully maneuvered through the snake-like esteros not minding the foul smell emanating from within each shanty passed. They all greeted Cris and some showed sheer happiness in seeing their guidance counselor cum helper. Cris talked to them mingled with them, lent an ear, offered help and advice; all in the name of love and commitment to social work.

At this point in time, we were all unmindful of the discomfort. What if we were tired, if we were hungry and if we smelled of smoke from garbage. That didn’t stop us from moving on and going forward. By the end of the day, there is a sense of uplifting and warm feeling. It is such a privilege to experience a pure expression of love and concern for the least of our brothers. We are seeing the world from the eyes of a heaven sent or heaven-called child of God.

Cris was awesome. Thank God, we knew him.

so with no further ado, here’s the fruit of our labor. Our documentary, a project to be proud of.

(SYNOPSIS)

Serbis…

a word full of commitment and promise…

Selfless in its passion to give meaning to life.
This documentary is dedicated to the professional social workers who give their time and service to the less fortunate people of Smokey Mountain through the Philippine Christian Foundation. The silent heroes continue to shape the future of the poor children with the vision of alleviating poverty through education… quite a noble task.

Special thanks to Ms. Jane Walker, founder of the Philippine Christian Foundation, and the Filipino staff headed by Ms. Grace  Vahdanipour  for accommodating the RTV Production and Direction class of Mr. Ricky Rosales, professor of PUP Graduate School for Master in Communication. The project, in the fulfillment of the course COM646 – Advanced RTV Production and Direction, is actually a spiritual and social fulfillment as well as emotional and intellectual gain for the members Judi Galleta, Maria Concepcion S. Peregrino, Valentino Nool Jr. , Maria Clara B. Rivas, Jessica Saria and Jonh Paul R. Seno.

for more informationyou may visit Philippine Chrisitan Foundation’s website http://www.pcf.ph

or you may contact them at


The Philippine Christian Foundation Inc.
Unit 1621 City and Land Mega Plaza
Corner ADB Avenue and Garnet Road
Pasig City, Metro Manila. 1605
Philippines.

Tel/Fax: 02 6356913
Email: jane@pcf.ph

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless  😀

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