MANILA, February 7 – It was a momentous weekend for Mental Health, as more than 1200 people attended the 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health at the Cinematheque Center Manila last February 3-5. Organized by the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity of the UP College of Medicine, the 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival (QEFF 3) was themed Tagu-taguan Maliwanag ang Buwan, and focused on mental health and the humanity of mental illness.

“Mental health is something we often take for granted” says Ted Campo, a third-year medical student from UP Manila, and the head of this year’s film festival. “The goal of QEFF3 is to use film to spread mental health awareness issues on a larger scale, so that we can reduce the stigma”.

“Mental health is something we often take for granted” (Campo, 2018).

The film festival kicked-off last Saturday, with an opening ceremony attended by an audience of students, teachers, filmmakers, photographers, and mental health advocates from around the country. Among the attendees were veteran Filipina actress Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, who delivered a speech on her personal encounter with mental illness and the importance of mental health awareness, and Paul Atienza, exhibition and distribution officer of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

A total of 25 short films and documentaries were screened on the 3-day event. These films were selected from over 73 festival entries, and tackled a wide range of mental health topics, from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to drug addiction, to schizophrenia. The film festival also featured a photo exhibit entitled Imahe, which showcased photographs displaying various perspectives of mental health and mental illness.

The Awards Night for the 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health will be held this Saturday, February 10, at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza, Makati. The awards to be given are Best Short Film, Best Documentary, and the Grand Prize – the Gawad Quisumbing-Escandor.

No ride for this Saturday? Don’t worry because Uber has got you covered!

Use the code “QEFF3MU” and get Php 100 off on your first two (2) rides. Valid only for new users.

See you at The 3rd Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health Awards Night!

Article by Earl Marvin Ponce Balanag MΣΦ 2021, Brother Recorder FY 2017-2018
Posters by Justin Damian Malaki Malubay MΣΦ 2021, Brother Reporter FY 2017-2018
Video by Joshua Miguel Bolo Ababan MΣΦ 2021