UMak Film students’ Meron sa Siyudad earns nomination in 72nd FAMAS Awards

“It’s FAMAS-approved!”

“Meron sa Siyudad,” a documentary film produced by Bachelor of Multimedia Arts-Film Specialization students, has received a nomination from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS Awards), a prestigious award-giving body for films in the Philippines.

‘Meron sa Siyudad’ official poster.

This recognition is a testament to the remarkable work of these budding filmmakers in shedding light on significant narratives.

Directed by Melyn Dimat, “Meron sa Siyudad” delves into the farming life of 81-year-old Tatay Eugenio in the quiet corner of Taguig City, where the bustling lifestyle hub Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is situated. It also explores the world of melon farming in the so-called probinsyudad in Metro Manila and the looming threat to the melon farmers’ livelihood as a result of the construction of a condominium building.

Prior to its FAMAS recognition, the said documentary previously premiered on JuanFlix, the streaming platform of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

The members of the production team include Lawrence Elison Evangelista, Romhelyn Carrasca, Donna Mae Nolasco, Alexandra Allysa Catalon, Rianory Tolentino Manay, Tyrone Vallega, Marjorie Bartolome Lama, Joven Belchez, Pristina Jaira Flores, Angeline Kyle Cruz, Jenesis Calamlam, and Jared Cruz under the guidance of their Documentary Film professor, Atty. Eduard M. Riparip.

The City Government of Makati and the University of Makati’s College of Arts and Letters have played an essential role in supporting the students’ endeavors, providing resources and guidance throughout the filmmaking process.

FAMAS Awards is the oldest existing film industry award-giving body in the Philippines and one of the oldest in Asia.

Written by Eduard M. Riparip