Film Selection: Obra ng Lipunan by Hector Calma


Poetry in Motion | 6 minutes

Obra ng Lipunan was written on the peak of the Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ambition to extend her term as the president of this country through the Charter Change. Lumabas Ka was the original title of the poem. So many things happened on that time, the Maguindanao Massacre, the different allegations of corruption on the first family, and other controversies that disturbed the Philippines. Fortunately, she did not succeed. Now that we have a new president, we still face the same old problems of this nation. UNITY FOR DEMOCRACY ON CORRUPTION, SOCIAL INJUSTICE, POVERY AND HUNGER, this is what the film wants to say. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.


Hector Calma took up Broadcast Communication at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Theater is his first love. He is the former chairman of Teatro Komunikado, the premier theater and production organization of the PUP-College of Communication. In this theater group, he learned to act, write scripts and direct stage plays. Filmmaking is really his frustration when he enters college, he really wanted to become a film director. With the help of his professors and mentors he pursue his ambition by attending film seminars and workshops, he became eager on filmmaking because of these activities.

His stage play Luminaria won 8 out of 10 awards of the Drama Festival 2008 including Best Play Production. The Unwanted Visitor, a Documentary Film which he is the editor and videographer was presented at the Asia Pacific Youth Forum on Climate Change: Exploration thru Cultural Expressions held at Rajamangla Technological University, Bangkok, Thailand last January 24-28, 2011.

At present, he is a freelance video editor, photographer and videographer.


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