A graduate of Bicol University (BU) bagged the first prize in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Video Contest as part of the 2015 APEC Leaders’ Week held last November 16-19 in Manila, Philippines.
Chrysthelyn Siena Quides, an AB Broadcasting alumna of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), bested other competitors from the Philippines and other countries to win the contest which focused on the impact of trade and economic development on people’s lives in the Asia-Pacific. With the theme “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World: how have technology and innovation changed your life?,” the three-minute video contest put particular emphasis on the benefits of technology and innovation in micro, small, and medium enterprises.
Quides’ winning entry, “Anna’s Village,” which talks about how technology helped spur innovation in a small, remote community and promote its development, was praised by Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat in a press statement. “The story of Anna’s village creatively shows how technology and innovation can make a positive difference to people’s lives and livelihoods,” he said. “Ms Quides’ video provides a clear picture of APEC’s work and its potential benefits to people and society as well as inspiration to Leaders, Ministers and Senior Officials for taking the region’s agenda forward.”
In the award presentation held last November 16 at the International Media Center, Quides explained the idea behind her video. “I came up with Anna’s Village because it is important not only to enumerate what people and communities can get out of innovation, technology, and development, but also to actually tell their story." “Anna is a representation of every Filipino child with dreams and hopes that future will be good. Anna's parents are representation of every father and mother striving hard to secure their children's future,” she said.
In an interview with The BUzzette, Quides revealed that the win was unexpected. “The deadline of submission was Oct 17, I learned about the competition around Oct 9 or 10. Regardless of limited time and resources, I decided to push through the production stage. I also had problems submitting the video on the day of the deadline, but I was able to upload the video, three hours before the deadline,” she shared.
Asked about the inspiration behind Anna, the central character in her video, she said, “Anna is a fictional character but more than just a character; she is a living symbol of our journey to a better world.”
Quides, a video editor of Channel Good Advocacy Communication and a part-time Senior Digital Cartoonist of Cartoonist.Me, attributes her success to her alma mater as it was BU which helped her find her passion. “BU has taught me things that I would need in my journey into the real world. BU has also helped me to be with the people who really helped me to become who I am today, especially my friends in my Broadcasting class.”
As for her future plans, Quides shared that she intends to finish her Master’s in Development Communication degree at the University of the Philippines, Open University, and possibly join a film festival next year with the help of her friends. She likewise encouraged her fellow BU graduates to do their best despite the odds. “Struggles may come but it is part of the process of learning and being a better person. Don’t limit yourself to the things that you should learn. Never stop learning; it’s a continuous process,” she said. (Gladys G. Serafica and Ranelle Anne Sertan)