UPCM Class 2019 victorious in Mediscene 2017
by Vince Baroña, Class 2018
UP College of Medicine Class 2019 bagged first prize in Mediscene 2017: Hero, held last March 17th 2017 at the PGH Science Hall from 630 pm to 1130 pm. Hosted by the UP Medicine Student Council, heroism was the theme of this year’s much-awaited annual theater competition.
Ventrilokiya AF, the production of UPCM Class 2019, took first place with its modern twist on well-known Filipino heroes. Second prize went to Class 2021’s Demonyo Man May Langit Din, that tackled the often violent issue of land reform. Finally, second runner-up was Class 2023’s Si Mabait, an engaging tribute to the little guys whose heroic sacrifices for science are often overlooked.
Also showcasing their talents were members of other UPCM classes. Class 2022’s play The Fourth Estate presented the importance of perspective when judging heroism. Class 2020’s production Frameshift dealt with historical trends and personality politics in the Philippines. And in a special performance, last year’s champion Class 2018 presented a short film entitled Kublí, dealing with the issue of extrajudicial killings.
Judges Dr. Vincen Yu, Frances Mendoza, Alexandra Mae Cardosa, and Julia Melissa Pacificador led the awarding of certificates, including the following special prizes:
Ben Lopez of Class 2019 made it two in a row when he took home the award for Best Director. Raxy Yangkong and Zeid Tungupon of Class 2020 were honored as Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. Jea Solidum of Class 2021 was recognized as Best Supporting Actress, while Kyle Eugenio of Class 2019 was awarded Best Supporting Actor.
For the other special prizes, Class 2022 took home the award for Best Trailer. Best Poster, Technical Direction, and Production Design went to Class 2020. The production of Class 2023 was acknowledged as having the Best Script. Class 2021 also got a special citation for having the most number of donors for the blood drive held in tandem with the event.
Alongside events such as Tao Rin Pala and Medisings, this year’s Mediscene once again celebrated the overflowing creativity and artistic talent of UPCM students.