What happens when traditional religious beliefs collide with reality? Students from the University of the Philippines explore this topic in the documentary “Pasan,” which details the experiences of Roger Marcos, a devout Catholic and gay man who is both revered and shunned by his community as he portrays Jesus Christ in the Lenten tradition. “Pasan,” which recently won the top prize in ABS-CBN’s “Class Project Intercollegiate Mini-Documentary Competition,” headlines the “Class Project Winners’ Festival” airing on Knowledge Channel and iWant.
ABS-CBN showcases student docus on Knowledge Channel and iWant
What happens when traditional religious beliefs collide with reality? Students from the University of the Philippines explore this topic in the documentary “Pasan,” which details the experiences of Roger Marcos, a devout Catholic and gay man who is both revered and shunned by his community as he portrays Jesus Christ in the Lenten tradition.
“Pasan,” which recently won the top prize in ABS-CBN’s “Class Project Intercollegiate Mini-Documentary Competition,” headlines the "Class Project Winners' Festival" airing on Knowledge Channel every Friday starting April 5, 7:30 pm and currently streaming online on iWant.
The film, now available on iWant for more audiences, follows Roger as he relives the carrying of the cross, scourging and beatings, and crucifixion, which are part of the Lenten tradition of reenacting the biblical Passion of Christ alive and thriving in many parts of the Philippines. It is a family tradition he inherited from his uncle, and while the physical pain is unimaginable to some, he notes that it’s nothing compared to the pain he and his family experienced when they were evicted from their home. Produced by UP Mass Communication students Danielle Evangelista and Danielle Tolentinto, “Pasan” exposes the conflicts of traditional beliefs and modern practices as experienced by Roger, who also faces questions on whether he is fit to play Jesus Christ because of his sexual orientation.
The film aired back-to-back with second-placer “Silang Walang Daan” by Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Laguna, which delves into the plight of residents in Tiniguiban, a remote town in Calauag, Quezon, who have to traverse two kilometers of undeveloped, muddy, and rocky road just to have access to town.
The rest of the finalist documentaries in the contest organized by ABS-CBN with Knowledge Channel, and the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) will air weekly on Knowledge Channel until May 10, and will also be available on iWant.
The yearly “Class Project” documentary competition is part of ABS-CBN’s thrust to support future media practitioners by giving students a chance to hone their filmmaking skills and have their documentaries showcased to a wider audience. To promote the competition and help students produce their documentaries, ABS-CBN also held a “Docu Caravan” that visited the University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and the Holy Angel University in Pampanga, where acclaimed journalists like Korina Sanchez and Jeff Canoy, and the ABS-CBN DocuCentral team shared their knowledge and experiences with the students.
The ten finalists were awarded recently in ABS-CBN’s “Pinoy Media Congress Year 13” at the College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM). Joining champion UP Diliman and LPU-Laguna in the Top Ten were third placer “Labay Ku” by Far Eastern University, and the rest of the finalists “Pangarap na Pag-Ahon” by LPU-Laguna, “Ukit” by University of Santo Tomas, “KakaiBata” by University of Makati, “Habag” by University of Saint Louis-Baguio, “Tribu sa Syudad” by University of Batangas, “Parangalan Letran” by Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and “Daluyong ng Sigwa” by University of Santo Tomas. The first place winners went home with P 30,000, second place with P 20,000, third with P 10,000, and the rest with P 5,000 each.
Don’t miss the “Class Project Winners Festival” featuring the ten finalists of the “Class Project Intercollegiate Mini-Documentary Competition” starting Friday (April 5) at 7:30 pm, channel 5 on Knowledge Channel on ABS-CBN TVplus, SKYcable, and SKYdirect; and on iWant.ph. To go directly to the "Class Project" channel on iWant, go to bit.ly/iWantClassProject.
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- “Pasan” exposes the conflicts of traditional beliefs and modern practices as experienced by Roger Marcos, a gay man who portrays Jesus in the Pasan tradition
- Roger Marcos portrays Jesus Christ in a yearly Pasan tradition he inherited from his uncle
- Roger has participated in the Lenten Tradition of the Pasan for 11 years
- Roger undergoes the events in the biblical Passion of Christ in the tradition of the Pasan
- UP Mass Communication students Danielle Tolentino and Daniel Evangelista (center) nab the top prize at the “Class Project: Intercollegiate Mini-Documentary Competition.” They receive the award from ABS-CBN Corporate Communications head Kane Errol Choa, PACE president Wen Reyes, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes, ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, and ABS-CBN COO of Broadcast Cory Vidanes.