De La Salle Lipa (DLSL), through the Office of Research and Publications, received provisional approval for its creative work proposal entitled “Project Bata Bayani: Three Integrated Short Films on Developing Sustainable Consumption Behaviors”, granted in line with the Laudato Si’ program by De La Salle Philippines (DLSP).
Laudato Si’, inspired by Pope Francis’ second encyclical “Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home”, was launched by DLSP to respond to the challenges Pope Francis posed through the said encyclical: sustainability and environmental protection. DLSP invited De La Salle schools in the country to submit proposals and nominations for the following fields: research, creative work, community engagement/policy/advocacy, student organization initiative, and lectureship award.
DLSL’s proposal was the only one in the DLSP network awarded a grant amounting to a maximum of Php500,000.00 intended for the completion of the project.
The aforementioned creative work was spearheaded by Ms. Analiza Resurreccion, Training and Events Officer, Office of Research and Publications (ORP), in collaboration with Br. Dante Amisola FSC (President and Chancellor), Mr. Montano Agudilla (Institutional Lasallian Engagement and Development Director), Dr. Aristotle Balba (Social Sciences professor), Dr. Jennifer Casabuena (Publications Officer, ORP), Dr. Edgar Allan Castro (Dean, College of Business, Economics, Accountancy and Management), Christian de Torres (Communication Arts instructor), Mr. Renan Kasilag (Religious Education professor), and Dr. Glenford Prospero (Director for Integrated Digital and Innovative Instruction).
The film project aims to uphold sustainable living practices in the community, school, and home. With three connected storylines, the film will center on the lead character, a child named Buknoy, who will serve as an agent of change in the areas of society mentioned.
The project will run for two years – from pre-production, principal production, post-production, testing, implementation, and evaluation. The proponents will be distributing the films to various public and private schools and will be evaluating their impact on the audience and the communities involved.