Pundido, one of three finalists from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-Sta. Mesa College of Communication to ABC-5's Dokyu: Ang Bagong Mata ng Pinoy Documentaries Student Documentary Competition, bagged the grand prize and the viewers' choice awards in simple ceremonies held at the ABC-5 studios in Novaliches, Quezon City, last August 9.
Pundido, a documentary about a blind father who sells ice drop and duck eggs to raise his family, edged out closest competitors Kendi Man and Nasaan ang Katawan ni Baklesh, both from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, after the critics' total scores and audience's text votes were tabulated by the Dokyu team.
Director Richard Christian Suruiz, co-scriptwriters Resa Abigail Nepomuceno, and Roseann Guimbangunan, writer/researchers Maria Shiena San Miguel, Lydia Natividad, and Bren Zafra, and editor Adrian Tabalanza received P50,000 tax-free cash prize and three trophies for Pundido from ABC-5 deputy managing director Atty. Dan De Padua, head of public affairs Jim Libiran, and news creative director Dodge Dillague.
Kendi Man topped the critics' scores with 78.5 out of the perfect score of 90 with Baklesh and Pundido, coming in with a close 78 and 77, respectively. However, Pundido pulled away from the pack by garnering 12.79% of the total audience text votes registered, while Kendi Man could only muster 7.15% and Baklesh did not even come close to half of the grand prize winner's aggregate text votes.
In addition, Pundido was the only finalist which got a perfect score of 30 from any of the three respected critics from academe and the broadcast industry, with UP journalism professor Danilo Arao giving it an unblemished mark of 10 in all three categories, namely form/technical, content/relevance, and x-factor.
ABC-5 news manager Ed Lingao, another critic, commended Pundido for its "excellent scripting" while documentarist Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, who reviewed the PUP documentary when it was aired on Dokyu last June 29, applauded the writers and the director for coming up with "a simple story with a lot of heart."
Kendi Man director Lorena Flor Dating settled for two trophies, one for being among the selected finalists and another for finishing a close second, while Baklesh filmmakers Gerardo Calagui and Vanessa Valencia brought home a trophy, same with the 16 other finalists.
PUP College of Communication dean Robert Soriano, Department of Broadcast Communication chairperson Edna Bernabe, and thesis advisers Angelina Borican and Anna Ruby Gapasin were also present to give moral support to the winners and two other finalists from PUP, Isla Pulo by Jophel Ybiosa and Nash Anggahan and Batang Bakaw by Bryan Kristoffer Brazil, Leonard Hutalla, Ella Salamanca, Shiela Hombria, Xeriel Tamayo, and Michael Santiago.
The other finalists, chosen from about 200 entries nationwide, are De La Salle University Manila's When Fingers Talk Pink (Benedict Navarro, Leo Angelo Maranan, and Cindy Tejada); DLS-College of St. Benilde's Ingay (Geann Paolo Mogro) and DeafTechCom (Lester Lagos); St. Scholastica's College Manila's Frontliners (Diana Charisse Aquino, Cindy Felizardo, Ivy Lynne Medina, and Johan Say) and Dikaurong Madiraga Putok/Sakit ng Pulang Lupa (Princess Asuncion, April Mislang, and Jenifer Tajonera); Colegio de San Juan de Letran's Biyahed Daya/Biyaheng Langit (Cyprus Jake Malinao, Olivia Tayam, Ma. Luisa Bagalay, Eula Arellano, Rojie-Dyanne Marcial, and Jean Carla Rapiz).
Entries that competed include University of Makati/CSB's Graveyard Shift (Jemil Bautista, Ariel Alarcon, Ellen Borbolla, Jay-Ar Felix Caber, and Raymund Cruz); UP Los Baños' Kwentong Pa[m]bahay (Sisoy Cellan, Lizt Soriano, and Yza Santiago); Holy Cross of Davao College's Tsildren: Employed (Neil John Luayon and Janice Langcamon). Other UP Diliman finalists are Estropa (She Andes and Mike Galang), Banda Rito, Banda Roon (Nestor Abrogena and Hariram Ochangco), Veganda (Rai Clemente and Peter Dizon), Hanap Patay, Hanapbuhay (Erika Margeaux Motril and Chrisie May Culdora), and Koreanoy (Bianca Balbuena).
Dokyu is hosted by Patricia Evangelista and directed by Ramon Bautista.