Brillante Mendoza documentary puts spotlight on extraordinary Filipinos

Aug 19, 2014
One Small Act, helmed by Brillante Mendoza (in photo), airs on the Solar News Channel every Sunday beginning August 24.

Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza puts the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary acts.

Through his four-part documentary series titled Small Acts Big Stories, Direk Brillante tells inspirational stories of normal Filipinos making a difference with their small acts.

In a video interview shared on the official website of One Small Act PH, Direk Brillante said about the stories chosen for the project: "These are real stories. These are real stories from ordinary people.

"They don't have to be big. It can be as simple as lining up. It can be as simple as answering the phone properly.

"I hope that it would echo to a lot of people. They are simple stories and in being simple, they can really make an impact on our life. They could change the way we think and hopefully, the way we live."

One Small Act for the Philippines is Solar News Channel’s campaign to awaken the spirit of nationalism of every Filipino.

This was launched in June of 2012 in time for the country’s 114th independence day.

It began with a photo contest that showcased different small acts of Filipino people making a difference. On its second year, the One Small Act campaign launched another photo contest but geared its focus on making a difference in the environment.

Direk Brillante saw the stories of these regular Filipinos which inspired him to create a documentary about them. A handful were selected among the entries which carried out the most significant stories.

Thus, this is how the documentary Small Acts Big Stories began.

Here are the stories of four people who are making a difference in their own way.

First Part:

Joon Baltazar is a person with a disability whose small act is performing in streets in the hopes of inspiring people with the same plight. He is also a member of LifeHeaven Inc. Foundation which helps educate people with disabilities.

Second Part:

Lords Hernandez is a fireman and fire investigator that advocates saving animals during fires and hazardous situations.

Third Part:

Crisanto Gumilac’s small act is to make art affordable to the masses. He produces paintings in large quantities and sells them in Manila Bay and nearby areas at a very low cost.

Fourth Part:

Micheal Quiamba’s small act is to offer free rides to kids and senior people in his karetela.

What once started as a campaign and a photo contest has now become a documentary series that aims to inspire the Filipino people to make a difference by creating small acts that have a direct effect in uplifting our society and our fellow Filipinos.

One Small Act airs on the Solar News Channel every Sunday at 9 p.m. beginning August 24.

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One Small Act, helmed by Brillante Mendoza (in photo), airs on the Solar News Channel every Sunday beginning August 24.
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