OpinYon columnist conducts filmmaking seminar in Tacloban City
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OpinYon columnist conducts filmmaking seminar in Tacloban City

Mar 20, 2024, 6:15 AM
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Versatility best describes OpinYon columnist Hugo Yonzon III, simply called Boboy Yonzon.

Aside from being a writer, a visual artist, and a book author, Boboy is also a filmmaker.

I remember the time when the late media entrepreneur Perry Pimentel (a contemporary of the current crop of trailblazing audio-visual producers and executives Cory Valenzuela-Vidanes of ABS-CBN, Marivin Arayata of GMA Network, Wilma Galvante of net25 and their ilk of the defunct Broadcast City, a broadcast hub in the Martial Law years where Radio Philippines RPN Channel 9, Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation IBC Channel 13 and Banahaw Broadcasting Company BBC Channel 2 were housed) were very active in the Tagaytay Film, Broadcast and Multi-Media Workshops which Yonzon founded and presided.

The formidable team of Perry and former Mass Communication professor Joyce Cruz was part of the TFBMMW project with seasoned music industry advertising and promotions man Tato Malay and popular television director Salvi Cansino as conduits to the program.

Boboy and his partners were giving annual intensive and extensive audio-visual workshops for beginners as well as professionals at a time when creative and technical training on AV was rarely offered.

Aspiring filmmakers, producers, directors, editors, and other video enthusiasts, one of them the controversial Fil-Briton director, writer, and producer Jowee Morel ("Moma," "EC2Luv," "Mona, Singapore Escort," "When a Gay Man Loves," "Latak," "HiStory," "Strictly Confidential," "Leona Calderon," "The Making of Quezon City, etc.) were ready to take on basic, advanced or refresher courses on AVP handled by these multimedia experts.

I remember now National Artist for Film Eddie Romero was one of the lecturers in the filmmaking workshop.

Boboy doesn't rest on his laurels.

He continues to generously share his talents in the media arts by teaching, honing, and inspiring video makers with his expertise in the field.

Region 8 artist and government media liaison Alsmith Soria recently posted Boboy's achievements in mentoring Eastern Visayas multimedia practitioners in various aspects of AVPs.

This is the continuation of Boboy’s advocacy since the Tagaytay workshops.

"After shooting in Boracay, film and TV director, Sir Hugo D. Yonzon III, trains government information officers in Eastern Visayas on photography and videography in Tacloban City," announced Alsmith on his Facebook wall.

Before the workshop was over, a contest among participants was launched.

In Boboy's FB post, he shared: "LAST DAY of the patikim workshop here in Tacloban, Leyte for young government peeps. We shall be choosing the Best Video Production, Best Script, and Best On Cam Talent at the windup. Good luck, guys!"

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