Filmmakers tell COVID-19 stories in ECQ


Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

Sixteen filmmakers from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region have been rolling their sleeves and getting busy amid the – or despite of the —  lockdowns and quarantines as they chronicle their struggles and triumphs during the pandemic time in the way they know best – through film.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Cinema presents ECQ: Eksena Cinema Quarantine, in cooperation with University of St. La Salle’s Artists’ Hub, a press release from NCCA said.

Project Director Tanya Lopez said the event features 16 filmmakers namely Adjani Arumpac, Hiyas Baldemor Bagabaldo, Arbi Barbarona, Glenn Barit, Carlo Enciso Catu, Zurich Chan, Arden Rod Condez, Kristian Sendon Cordero, Khavn, Keith Deligero, Kyle Fermindoza, Bagane Fiola, Mark L. Garcia, Julienne Ilagan, Pam Miras, and Guillermo Ocampo.

Sixteen short films made into two Omnibus Films – Eksena Part 1of 2 and Eksena Part 2 of 2 – give a glimpse of as well as insights from these filmmakers on how they navigated and managed their lives during the lockdown.

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It will have its worldwide virtual launch on Friday 22 January, 2021, 6:00 pm and will run for a week until 28 January.

National Committee on Cinema (NCC) chair Rolando Tolentino said, “It is important to continue the filmmaking process especially in this time (COVID-19 pandemic) when it is very challenging to do films and art for that matter.”

“If we do not sustain art and culture, we would not have the testament that the pandemic indeed happened. These films will become testaments that we lived this way (now) – just like Noli Me Tangere – which gave us a glimpse on what happened during the Spanish colonialism because Jose Rizal wrote Noli Me Tangere. That becomes a powerful testament over time even after centuries,” Tolentino added.

The two Omnibus Films may be accessed online after registering for a free account at or through the vimeo mobile app. Films maybe accessed as video on demand until January 28, 11:59PM for free via the promo code NCCACinema.

Four webinars are also set 25 to 28 January 2021 with clustered filmmakers who will share their filmmaking process in producing their short films and thresh out detailed insights into their personal struggles and successes in doing the film.


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