Binubusog tayo sa teorya sa loob ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. at habang nag-aaral pa, marami sa atin ang nangangarap basagin ang ordinaryo dahil tayo ay hinuhubog na maging mahusay, ideyalistiko at makabayan. Pero saan na tayo tutuloy pagkaiwan ng ating mga sablay? Saan na patungo ang biyahe mula sa tinaguriang “red carpet” ng edukasyon?

In the Film: A sequence of images of cracks of walls, abandoned books and spaces inside the University of the Philippines (U.P. Diliman) campus. On voiceover, an agitated UP graduate (Vincent Jan Cruz Rubio, fictionist) rants about UP’s so-called greatness. UP is just a myth.

First Prize, University of the Philippines Centennial Digital Filmmaking Competition awarded by the U.P. Centennial Commission, the Board of Regents, College of Mass Communication, and the U.P. Film Institute.

Balikbayan: Return to the Nation

With Daniel Smart and Almira Walde
Producer: Ethnographic Film Unit, Dept. of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Statement: Since the 1970s, about ten million Filipinos have spread to over 200 countries and territories as overseas workers. This film is about the Filipino migrants’ custom of sending Balikbayan (homecoming) Boxes – parcels filled with gifts – to their families in the Philippines. The documentary offers a glimpse into life in migration, particularly into the stories of three Filipinos who have found themselves settled in Metro Vancouver – home to over 90,000 Filipinos – and who remain closely connected to home as evident in their gift-giving practices.

Selected Screenings:

YACTAC Gallery, installation work for the “Mahal”, art exhibit. Vancouver, Canada. November 2011.

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia,
during the 5th International Festival of Anthropology Film, April 30, 2011