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SUPERB! Intel Celebrates Filipino Creativity Through Digital Short Filmmaking Contest

The Intel Digital Showdown's big three, joined by Mr. Randy Kanapi, Intel Philippines marketing manager (leftmost), RA Rivera, local filmmaker (second from left), and Intel Philippines country manager, Mr. Ricky Banaag (rightmost).

Intel Philippines recently invited your HWM Team to cover the official awarding ceremony for the recently concluded Intel Digital Showdown, a short filmmaking competition that the company hosted on its Facebook fanpage for a duration of four months that ended in July 2011.

Country manager Mr. Ricky Banaag and marketing manager Mr. Randy Kanapi spoke on behalf of Intel Philippines during the event, extending congratulations and kudos to the finalists of the Intel Digital Showdown. They also reaffirmed their commitment to continuing to push products, technologies, and campaigns like the Digital Showdown, with the ultimate intent of promoting and developing local talent.

Recognizing the Pinoy’s penchant for enjoying and creating video clips as seen on today’s ubiquitous social media sites, Intel held its Digital Showdown to showcase and celebrate local talent in the field of creative filmmaking. Themed, “My PC, My Life,” participants were instructed to make brief video clips of either 30-second, 50-second, or 70-second lengths, illustrating how the PC makes an impact in their respective lives. Intel even tapped the services and expertise of young local filmmakers, Quark Henares and RA Rivera, to provide mentoring and advice by means of amusing short films of their own, as well as through interaction via the Intel Facebook fanpage.

Local indie film and music video director RA Rivera also graced the event with his presence, imparting even more advice and anecdotes to the Digital Showdown finalists in his typical superbly amusing way.

Much to the delight of the media members who attended the awarding ceremony, the entries (the top ten among which were screened during the event) certainly didn't disappoint, with each short film truly combining insightful creative concepts and excellent story-telling and film-making prowess to effectively convey the “My PC, My Life” theme.

Don’t want to take our word for it? Check out the top three entries below and see for yourself. 

Third Place: Gary Sta. Cruz’s “Marvin Digital World”

Second Place: Patrick Uy’s “Bagong Buhay”

Grand Prize Winner: Jay Jamoralin’s “Chromatose”

That last one was pretty clever, eh? The top three finalists won for themselves, aside from bragging rights among their peers, some pretty nifty hardware – laptops powered by the second-generation Intel Core processors – truly making their efforts worthwhile. If you’d like to see the rest of the top ten finalists, you can check out the Intel Philippines YouTube channel and simply search through the uploads there.

Intel has expressed that their efforts in calling out Pinoy talent does not stop at the culmination of the Digital Showdown. As a matter of fact, Intel is already running a new campaign as we speak, dubbed as Sing To Win. But that ought to be a topic for another time, so make sure to stay tuned here on HardwareZone for more updates on all of that karaoke fun!

Jason Marges / Executive Editor, HWM Philippines

A member of the HardwareZone Philippines family since 2006, Jason is the Executive Editor for HardwareZone's print publication, HWM Philippines. Apart from his keen interest in all things high-tech, he is also a huge fan of basketball, pop culture, Internet memes, and free, high-speed Wi-Fi.

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