A Grade 3 student of South Mansfield College won Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award at the First ToFarm Film Festival.
Alfonso Iñigo Delen of Grade 3 Empathy was also the youngest nominee in the Best Actor category in his portrayal of a young boy who dreams of graduating from school and helping his parents, as he and his siblings witness the daily struggles their parents experience. His film, “Pitong Kabang Palay,” is written and directed by Maricel Cariaga. Dreaming of a better life, the young boy counts the sacks of rice they have left, the money they need, and the little moments that led to an inevitable departure that will leave them all affected.
"The farmers and their plight have recently moved center stage in local news. It's time that this industry does its share to help them," said award-winning filmmaker and TV director Maryo J. delos Reyes, who is also the festival director of the 1st ToFarm Film Festival Philippines, which was held from June 13 to 19, 2016 at SM Megamall and SM North EDSA. Screenings will also be done on August 24-30, 2016 at SM Cabanatuan and SM Pampanga, September 14-20, 2016 at SM Cebu and October 12-18 2016 at SM Davao.
The indie fete, copresented by The Search and Award for The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines (ToFarm) and Universal Harvester, Incorporated, revolves around the theme “The Plight of the Farmer: His Trials and Triumphs.”
"We, as cineastes, contribute to spreading awareness on what is happening to our farmers through these films. They provide a good picture of how much help and attention the farmers need," the director pointed out. "Supporting these movies is one way of helping them."
Yñigo competed in the Best Actor category against famous veteran actors like Bembol Roco.