Strangers and the Stranger Festival…

13 03 2010


Just found out that the video was already finished!…
I’ve been waiting for this video for quite a while now and finally it’s here!…  I’v got sooo much to tell you how i went there and how i met wonderful people and all that…  I also have a list of what happened before, during, and even after the vent itself which involves many thank-you’s … Hopefully i’d be able to finish the post before the week ends so in the meantime, here’s a brief summary provided by KNN:

Bureau: Baguio

Reporter: Kirk Anthony Balmonte, 20
Camerapersons: Kirk Anthony Balmonte, 20, Guillermo Ocampo, 20
Scriptwriter:   Kirk Anthony Balmonte, 20
Production Assistant: Guillermo Ocampo, 20

When it’s our first time to meet someone, we feel hesitant towards them because we may not know them well. However, as we get to know strangers, it may even be possible that we become friends with them.

The first Stranger Festival organized by the European Cultural foundation. The foundation aims to bridge cultural differences among the youth and create friends among young people from different nations.

This festival was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is the culminating activity of a video-making contest, where finalists from over forty countries gathered and competed.

Kirk Belmonte from Baguio bureau created a short film Breath of Freedom on October 2007 during a workshop organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund and OneMinutesJr. This video was a finalist for the category “Inside Out” which is about the social differences of people in society and ways to overcome it.

His short film is about child labor, which is one of the biggest issues that concerns Filipino children. Kirk realized that through creative works, young people can share their opinions and views about issues not just to the country but to the whole world.


I’ll keep you posted soon enough, promise!… 😉


Bidang-bida ang Baguio!!!

12 09 2008

In the past months, we in the Baguio Bureau (although I had to admit it was more of THEM) …

were assigned to make a video showing what Baguio is to our brothers and sisters down ni Mindanao…

Umali Kayo sa Baguio!
Baguio intro video for Peacetech Philippines

Bureau: Baguio

This intro video was produced for Peacetech Philippines by the bureaus of the Kabataan News Network (KNN) for the Peacetech Videoconference between Cotabato and Baguio held last August 29, 2008.
KNN is implemented by the Probe Media Foundation, Inc. and supported by the United Nations Children’s Fun (UNICEF).

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well, I wasn’t able to embed the vid so here’s a little something that still comes from baguio …