Mga Kuwentong Kabayanihan

“MAY BAYANI sa bawat isa sa atin. araw-araw ay bahagi ka ng kabayanihan,” goes the epilogue of the 40-second film titled “Araw ng mga Bayani,” by Marvin Gabas, a 24-yr old freelance filmmaker, which won the Civil Service Commission – Kabayanihan Foundation (CSC-KF) Kwentong Kabayanihan Video Contest.

Last April, the CSC launched the video contest in partnership with KF, a non-stock, non- profit organization that aims to bring out the hero in every Filipino. As per CSC Memorandum Circular No. 15, s. 2011, Kuwentong Kabayanihan is a competition geared
towards promoting patriotic citizenship among Filipinos.

With the theme “Every Filipino is a hero. Every Filipino is a solution,” the contest emphasizes the CSC’s R.A.C.E. to serve—towards a Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service, and KF’s concept of being a ‘kabayani’ by showing love for
country in doing small, consistent acts of heroism.

Amateur and professional filmmakers submitted a total of 67 entries for the contest categories, namely, Public Servant, Youth, and Global Pinoy. Any video entry that did
not fall under any of the three identified categories was grouped under Others. The grand prize winner was selected from among the top four winners.

Gabas won both the Public Servant category and the grand prize. “Green Light” by Keit Nicko Pastorite, “Extranjero” by Anthony Carlo Maingat, and “Little Things” by RLV Production won the Youth category, Global Pinoy category and Others category, respectively.

Winners received certificates and cash prizes as follows: Public Servant/CSC Award: P20,000; Youth: P15,000; Global Pinoy: P15,000; Others: P15,000; and Grand Prize: P25, award-winning producer and director Ditsi Carolino, CSC Commissioner Mary Ann Fernandez-Mendoza, Presidential Communications Operations Office Assistant Secretary lesley Cordero, Philippine Funds for Little Kids Convenor Jay Jaboneta, and GMA 7 broadcaster howie Severino comprised the board of judges.

Winning video entries will be shown at the lobbies of airports, bus terminals and partner schools.

Small Change, Big Difference

The awarding ceremony for Kuwentong Kabayanihan was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Nov. 30 during the “Mahalaga Ako – Barya ng mga Bayani: The Power of
Small Change” event of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Officers Club, BSP Employees Club and KF.

This campaign aimed to break a world record for the longest line of coins, to raise funds to build classrooms, and to increase awareness on the importance of recirculating coins. The event also brought together volunteers who are willing to do something for the country. Thousands of volunteers from the partner schools of KF, Sangguniang Kabataan of different municipalities and cities, and many others participated in the coin laying.

BSP has a continuing coin recirculation program which started in 2005. This year, the BSP Officers Club and BSP Employees Club partnered with KF for this coin recirculation

Dr. Gregorio C. Suarez, President of the BSP Officers’ Club, said, “It’s a resounding success. We were able to rally people from all over.”

“We’re in the position to help our country in small ways with a big impact,” he added.

Volunteers successfully lined up 73.02 km of 25-centavo coins, breaking the Guinness World Record of 64 km previously held by the United States. q



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