“Meet Tayo” – A Short Documentary on “Eyeballing”

17 06 2009
Technological advancements have changed the social landscape of young people. Teenagers can now communicate and even meet people through social network sites, internet chats or forums and text messaging.
 
 Some of these young people decide to meet face-to-face with those they meet online or through text messaging. One of them is Suzie, who didn’t expect that her textmate gained her trust just to abuse her.
 
 Atty. Mia Cawed, a lawyer who specialize in such cases said that if an abuse happens, society would often blame the girl even she has not consented. Atty. Cawed stressed that agreeing to meet personally with a stranger one meets in the internet or through text is not a crime. What is wrong is if one of those who agreed to meet took advantage of the situation to abuse his or her textmate/chatmate.
 
 Ms. Millicent Juloya, Directress of Child and Family Services Philippines Incorporated, said that most victims of such circumstances often blame themselves of the abuse that has happened to them. Juloya said that it is often difficult for them to move on if they keep on blaming themselves.
 The bureau gathered advice on how to avoid abuse in an eyeball situation. They came up with seven tips:
 1. Don’t meet up with the stranger alone.
2. Don’t agree to go to the house or an unfamiliar place with the stranger.
3. Agree to meet in a place where there are a lot of people.
4. Don’t give out personal information to the stranger. This could be used against you.
5. If you’re not comfortable to meet up, then don’t.
6. Don’t accept food or drinks that the stranger offers. This may contain chemicals or drugs that can make you go to sleep.
7. Always be prepared. Have your cellphone ready to notify family members, friends or authorities when something goes wrong.
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Well, basically, it’s all written up there. The intersting facts and stories before, during, and after the shoot will come some time soon. But for now, here’s the video… hope you enjoy! …
via KNN … 😉
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“Tahong Bundok” – Exploring your Artistic Side

9 04 2009

Here’s another video from Kabaaan Xpress…

We made this short documentary since Baguio is seen as an artist haven here in the Philippines…

Curious about the name? … well, watch the video to find out what “Tahong Bundok” is all about …

If you’re near the area or want to exhibit your artwork, just give them a call or drop by their office in the Baguio Convention Center, and maybe they can help you out … 😉





Catching up and Ligaw Ligaw…

31 03 2009

wow it’s been so long since my last post! Geesh, sorry you guys I haven’t been updating recently… I’ve been very busy with a lot of stuff actually – thesis, final pain in the a** requirements/projects, pesting demanding instructors, charity work for friends, etc… sooner or later these things will come up right here and be dedicated a page or so…

 

Anyway, I really got a lot of catching up to do… A LOT! …  

So where do I start… hmmm…

 

Well… can’t think of anything right now but here are some points I’d like to share with you all…

  

In the coming days or weeks, I’d be posting a lot of stuff…

 

1.) funny and weird news from my Netscapades

2.) tips and insights on my learnings in life

3.) some of the works I’ve been involved in

4.) just random thoughts

5.) new lay-out or blog design

6.) others…

 

I know it’s a lot but since I’ve been kinda “free” recently, I don’t want you to feel like I’ve neglected you or something to that effect… he he he…

 

Just today, Ice, I, and Guill started to shoot the latter’s music video as his final project for a certain subject in school. As expected we had lots of fun and we didn’t finish it all. (well, we just started!) The song’s “Ring of Fire” – studio version sung by Adam Lambert of American Idol. The MV’s tackling a suspenseful but action-packed life of a young assassin as he figures a way out of a situation he has no control whatsoever. We’re still struggling on a lot of aspects on it but hopefully, it becomes quite a video once it’s done… hope it’ll be posted on youtube some time…  

But here’s a video you’ll surely enjoy watching…

 

Presenting…

 

KNN’s Baguio Bureau…

 

Starring…

 

Guillermo Ocampo on a very sensitive issue…

 

A personal dilemma experienced by almost every teen…

 

How to make…

 

“Ligaw-Ligaw”…

 





KNN Semifinalist in Phil Web Awards … ;)

20 11 2008

Oh cool! …

KNN WEBSITE, SEMIFINALIST IN 11th PHILIPPINE WEB AWARDS!!

Hey Kabataan! This is your chance to bring KNN to new heights!

KNN has been named a semi-finalist in the 11th Philippine Web Awards (PWA), and we need your help to win advance to the final round!

Starting November 10, 2008, you can send your vote for kabataannews.com, eitiher via e-mail or text messaging (sms). Votes will be accepted until February 26, 2009.

To vote for KNN VIA TEXT, type:

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All you need to do is visit and register at http://www.philippinewebawards.com.

Semifinalists will be trimmed down by a panel of judges to five finalists per category. KNN is nominated under Entertainment. Entries that will make it to the finals round will be in the running for the Best Web Site Award in their respective categories. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a set criteria which can also be found in the PWA site.

The entry that receives the most number of votes in its group will win the Peoples Choice Award for that category.

The complete list of the 2008 semifinalists can now be viewed in the official PWA site in the Member’s Lounge of http://www.philippinewebawards.com.

VOTE NOW!





Amsterdam Diary

8 10 2008

ha ha ha! …

well, here’s the edited diary I have when I went to Amsterdam…

Thank goodness it was edited…

the actual text really looked and sounded crap…

Well, folks here it is …

(hope we finish the report! … 😉 )

from the KNN WEBSITE:

Kirk’s Amsterdam Diary

An account of Kirk Anthony Balmonte’s trip to Amsterdam to attend the Stranger Festival last July 3-5, 2008.

July 2, 2008

I’m already here in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and guess what, even at 10 in the evening, it’s still looks like the sun’s not yet ready to call it a day! The Dutch must really have LONG days, literally.

The flight from Manila to Amsterdam took more than 13 hours, and my butt really hurts. But the ride was exciting, and for someone who rode a plane for the first time it was also nerve-racking. When I finally arrived at the Schiphol Airport, I kind of got lost. Fortunately, a young man from the Stranger Festival staff saw me and led me to a nice group of Swedish teens.

July 3, 2008

My roommates were two Romanians who are also teenagers, a Lebanese and a Belgian adult. Most of the time, I hanged out with the Egyptian, whose name by the way is Karim. We’re the only guys who are with UNICEF who did the OneMinutes workshop in our home countries.

After having a big Dutch breakfast, we headed out to explore the festival area and a bit of Amsterdam. Karim and I walked along the city’s main thoroughfares. Amsterdam is a beautiful city for many reasons. For one, it’s clean. There isn’t really much pollution because they mostly use bicycles instead of cars. Their public transportation are trams and buses, adding to a clean environment. Second, is because of the preservation of its traditional buildings. In almost every corner, you will see buildings in their natural yet stunning appeal, reflecting beauty that comes with old age. We also saw coffee shops selling marijuana, and prostitution shops were prominent in a section of Amsterdam.\

At dinner time we headed out to Westergasfabriek, where the Strangers Festival’s main events took place. The opening program was held in an arena with video projections all around. Dutch artist “Ego-man”, who can edit music and videos with just the use of his joints and techno-suit, showed some of this work that added to the night’s flair of teenage-techno-party. After the program, we all headed back to our hotels, excited for what the following days still had to offer.

July 4, 2008

Fun-filled activities, here we come!

After our usual morning routines, Karim and I headed to Westergasfabriek via 2 trams, which took one hour from our hotel. We visited the Gashouder building, where the Strangers Exhibition was. This is an area where all the videos nominated and cited were shown for the public to watch. Then all of a sudden, our video “Breath of Freedom” which was nominated in the Inside-out category, was being played as the background of a Wii game.

For dinner, we travelled to Rotterdam, a city beside Amsterdam, to dine in a Japanese restaurant. This is immediately followed by a party featuring famous Dutch rappers.

July 5, 2008

The final day of the Strangers Festival was loaded with workshops. Prior to flying to The Netherlands, UNICEF enlisted me to two of the numerous workshops in the festival. One was “Reality Check” – a workshop where a panel of video professionals view and critique films, and another was “Making the Video, Making the Money” – a workshop focusing on how creative videos earn revenue.

The first workshop was, in a way, terrifying. It’s not always easy to be in front of a lot of people with comments incessantly being thrown at you. It made me feel like a reality show contestant. But thank God, aside from some minor flaws they noticed, they were impressed by the video. A judge from the Netherlands’ MTV awards seven said that “Breath of Freedom” was also short listed in the top 10 of the MTV awards.

In the afternoon, I hurried to “Making the Video, Making the Money” workshop spearheaded by John Nota of Zideo.com. Popular videos uploaded online or Viral Videos were shown, together with analysis of how these videos became so famous. He even discussed marketing your own personal videos as well as the revenue-generating potential of these videos.

Evening came, and as we settled in our seats, loud music filled the air. I was very uneasy, partly due to whether “Breath of Freedom” will or not. The short movie, which Guill (fellow Baguio reporter and friend) and I co-created, was nominate in the Inside-Out Category, which is about the fine line between being included or excluded. It’s about stereotypes and prejudices and ways to overcome these. After names of the winners were announced from the other categories and winners paraded the stage one-by-one, I was so cold and petrified that the camera I was holding was taking really shaky shots. And before I knew it, they were already flashing the nominees for the Inside-Out category.

Round of applause… Judges explaining why the winner won … Hosts declaring “And he winner is” … Zarina Pashtova with her movie “Unitled”!

Awww … well congratulations Zarina! After some new acquaintances and farewells, the night comes to an end.

There are still a lot of things I needed to do, like packing my bags for it will be a long trip for me tomorrow afternoon. But for now, the night is still young and all we have to do is have fun and enjoy our youth.





Stranger Fest “Diary” and the Sudden Movie Marathon

10 09 2008

yippppeeee!!!! …

finally the summarized write-up I made for the Kabataan News Network website was published just this morning! …

you can view it here at the website www.kabataannews.com

anyway, this was an absolutely an “un-normal” day for me. Tristan, janna, Rowyn and I spend the whole night (and dawn actually…) just watching a bunch of movieswhich were:

1.) A Japanese film with a mute antagonist – obviously, it was mentally disturbing … lots and lots of blood … gory but thought-provoking throughout …

2.) Inconvenient Truth – made me want to become and environmentalist … well-researched and scary in a way … well, that’s if you care about the world …

3.) Korean film ” Sex Zero” – made my lungs dry out laughing! … I was virtually rolling all over the floor! … but what was really striking about the film is its ending … nicely done!!! … this American-pie themed movie will surely brighten your day (could even make you poop for laughing incessantly…) and give teenagers a bit of spanking …

4.) Blair Witch Project – “what in the world was that?” … the ending says it all …

and before we knew it, it was 6 or 5 in the morning…

aww well, we forgot two thigns during this sudden movie marathon . One, we had an early class the next day and Two, we were supposed to make a film script …

well at least we watched movies that gave us some ideas and really pushed our film script forward …

if you’re planning for a movie marathon with your friends, here’s a quick tip: make sure you have a limit of some sort or plan it out at least. (I ended up not going to my class since I chose to sleep … he he he …) Another thing, your list of movies should be filled with things you’re very much interested to watch and have back-up. (who would want to watch a film only one person likes? Sheeesh, you’ll find yourself enjoying while your other friends either fall into a deep sleep or plan the next marathon without you …)

So there, if you still got some tips, just write it down below…

happy movie watching! … 😉