Sarangani video bags Sarangani NY film fest award


Sarangani Province, Philippines – A short tourism video featuring snippets of Sarangani province’s top tourist attractions has recently received recognition at a prestigious international film festival in New York City.

Sarangani Bay
Sarangani Bay dive site by Bretch Garcinez
Sarangani Bay dive site by Bretch Garcinez

Titled “Sarangani: Nature, Adventure, Culture,” the 2-minute promotional video was conferred the Gold Excellence Award at the 11th International Film Festival in Manhattan (IFFM) spring edition last May.

The video, directed by Sarangani Provincial Tourism Council chairperson Michelle Lopez-Solon, was submitted under the corporate category and was among the 15 Philippine entries that cut the nine-country competition.

Kalon Barak Skyline Ridge in Malungon
Kalon Barak Skyline Ridge in Malungon
Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Bai Estelita Bantilan by BLS
Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Bai Estelita Bantilan by BLS

“It showcases Sarangani’s natural resources and destinations, landscapes, white-sand beaches, inland bodies of water, and ethnic diversity, showcasing the preserved and honored indigenous cultures. It boasts of the people’s efforts to keep Sarangani environmentally and socially sustainable,” Solon said.

She added that the video advertisement features snippets of the experiences people can enjoy, such as its vibrant beach festivals and parties, water sports, white water rafting, scuba diving, paragliding, sightseeing, and cultural immersions.

Whitewater tubing in Maitum
Whitewater tubing in Maitum

She concluded the province joined the film festival to show the world that somewhere down in the southern Philippines is a consummate place worth visiting and exploring very soon.

In 2019, the tourism video, which used footage from local videographers, was edited by Champ Biala and produced by Rain Ramas.

Bocay-el Falls in Kiamba
Bocay-el Falls in Kiamba
Paragliding in Maasim
Paragliding in Maasim

Previous IFFM editions showcased selected videos and films in Manhattan, but the annual competition shifted into online mode this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Also read: Sarangani Bay: A Haven Of Marine Mammals.





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