by Dara Miracle Montalbo and Danica Salcedo
Youth organizations of the Parish Youth Commission (PYC) of the Diocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (DSSTCJ) in UPLB were recognized on Feb. 3 during an awarding ceremony for their involvement in REFleksyon, a project that promotes religious education through films.
Conceptualized by the shrine rector Rev. Fr. Philip Atienza, REFleksyon featured short films that revolved around lessons from the gospel. A total of 11 organizations, composed of young professionals and students, were able to complete nine short films. A film critic evaluated the films in terms of technical value.
Excie Magcase, an artistic director from the Koryo Arts Center for Dance, Music and Drama, was present on the awarding.
The film “Oath of God” by the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Youth Ministry bagged the “Best Film” award. It also won for Best Editing, Best Story, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Effects. Meanwhile, the film “That Thing Called Pre-Cana” b the Singles for Christ group won for Best Musical Score.
Both organizations received certificates.
According to Vina Salazar, event head, the making of REFleksyon was met with various challenges, including lack of time and manpower. Delays were unavoidable because of the busy schedule of the participating organizations, particularly during the Simbang Gabi season.
Youth involvement, according to Fr. Atienza, highlights the importance of a gathering within the Church. He said that such an involvement makes a gathering meaningful and inspiring. Further commenting on youth gatherings, he said, “It is not a crowd; it is a communion. Ang sentro ay si Jesus.”