It feels nice to have internet access again. This past week I was up at video documentation training for advocacy in Iligan City. It was a 9-10hour trip up north by private van through beautiful mountain country of the region of Bukidnon. Unfortunately my camera was running out of batteries and I forgot to bring my charger, but i did manage to snap a few shots on our way up and of the venue.
The training’s main focus was to teach the technical camera and editing skills required to make a decent documentary. As a subject for our workshop, we filmed a short on the recently demolished fisherfolk community of Gitagum. Demolishion took place on May 26th, 2011 by the Barangay of Gitagum (Municipal Board.) The title of the short is “Gihikawan” which means deprived in English.
On Friday of this week, I will be traveling 3 hours by bus to General Santos where I will be beginning my community immersions by spending 2 weeks living with dole plantation workers and 2 weeks living with a fisherfolk community. I will try to update my blog as I am able but I’m not sure what the internet will be like down south.