BAGUIO COUNTRY CLUB
Baguio Country Club Events Department
in cooperation with
The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc. (TWIMEDIA)
Baguio Country Club, the first and only 5-star Mountain Resort in the Philippines
Director: Ferdinand John Balanag
Videography: Glenn “Spyke” Pat-ogan, Ferdinand John Balanag
Aerial Videography: Jerwin Puzon
Editor: Glenn “Spyke Pat-ogan
Scriptwriter: Lissa Romero de Guia
Production Manager: Laydeh Alberto
Voice Over: Lissa Romero de Guia
Wardrobe Master: Jairus Sumineg
Hair and Make-up: Mich Molina, Abigail Ofrasio
Production Coordinator: Shauna Indra Salina Curran
Producer: Albert Flores, Baguio Country Club Events Department
Indonesia the world’s largest Archipelago a country gifted with rich diverse customs, art, culture, and history, People and a the many wonders Mother Nature has bequeathed to these magnificent islands
13,466 Islands with a population of 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups, Indonesia is undoubtedly vast and rich.
Many wonders still await to be discovered as many islands are still unnamed. Indonesia is an adventurers dream comes true.
Explore the Wonders of Indonesia
Director: Ferdinand John Balanag
Produced for The Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia
Produced by The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc.
In cooperation with Cordillera News Agency and Skycable
Video Editor: Glenn “Spyke” Pat-ogan
Scriptwriter: Dave Leprozo Jr.
Videography: Ferdinand John Balanag
Photography: Dave Leprozo Jr.
Hon.Noviendi Makalam Minister of Tourism Republic of Indonesia
Full Length Documentary
Since the dawn of civilization, man has been captivated by gold. Centuries before the conquistadors and great explorers of the Old World set sail in search of gold, silver and spices, the original settlers of Itogon – the Ibalois and the Kankana-eys – panned gold from the rivers and streams flowing down its verdant slopes. This idyll was broken with the arrival of the American prospectors in Benguet, marking the first gold rush in Itogon. Gold exploration in the mountains of Benguet peaked with the establishment of some of the world’s biggest mining corporations, behemoths that relentlessly tunneled into the mountains – blasting, hauling, crushing and refining gold ore – till all the viable deposits were depleted. Only then did the mining frenzy end as these giants shut down, but only for a moment.
The meteoric rise in the price of gold has spawned a 21st century gold rush in the abandoned mines of Itogon as leftover low-grade deposits become big business once more. In the mad scramble to extract more and more from the almost exhausted supply, big mining corporations clash with indigenous peoples and tens of thousands of migrant small-scale miners over control of the land and its resources. It is in these turbulent times that we find John Ray, a young Ibaloi miner trying to support his growing family, making difficult choices. Driven by the hope of striking it rich and the desperation of living hand to mouth, John Ray makes an offering to the benevolent and generous god of gold, Balitok, just as his forefathers have done before him. When he finds a promising vein, however, the traditional miner decides to shun the old ways of mining gold and run the mine differently, using modern mining methods that are more aggressive, and far more destructive. As he goes through great lengths to mine this precious metal, he soon realizes the true price of gold and who really pays for it. It is through his eyes and the eyes of those around him that we shall see the dark, underground world of the gold prospector, and the light at the end of the tunnel.
• Official Selection for Jeevika 2014, Professional Long Documentaries
Director: Ferdinand John Balanag
Screenwriter: Jay Sarfati
Editors: Glenn "Spyke" Pat-ogan, Hendrix Sanchez
Cameramen: Glenn "Spyke" Pat-ogan, Jonathan Barrozo
Music: Shant Verdun, Karlo Altomonte, Toni Bernardo
Production Manager/ Line Producer: Jigs Ancheta
Assistant Production Manager: Jyx Guerrero
Researcher: Grace Bandoy
Photographers: Dave Leprozo Jr and Kristian Leprozo
Walking the Waking Journey
Full Length Documentary
Set against the backdrop of a country rich with history and cultural identity, the journey is a glimpse into the hopes and dreams of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Seven years ago, Lama Tenzin, a young Tibetan monk, rescued children from poor living conditions in the isolated villages in the Himalayan border region of Upper Dolpo, Nepal. He built a home for them in India where he raised and educated them, and provided them with spiritual guidance with the hope that these children would return to their homes one day and do the same for their communities. In 2008, Lama Tenzin took the eleven children he rescued on a 30 day journey back to visit their homes and families. Walking the Waking Journey is the documentation of that remarkable voyage. The viewer is invited to join Lama Tenzin and the children as they move through the fierce and jagged beauty of the Himalayan landscape.
Presented by Teslar Entertainment USA
in cooperation with The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc.
Executive Producers: Ilonka Harezi and Courtland Reeves
Producer: Shiela Neubauer
Director: Ferdinand L. Balanag
Writer: Padmapani Perez
Editor: Kidlat De Guia, Jordan Arabejo
Cinematographers: Jordan Arabejo, Regiben Romana
Production Manager: Violeta Miranda Woeltche
Production Assistant: Pusongbughaw Gonzales
Graphic Artist: Glenn Factor
Teslar Entertainment in cooperation with The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc.
Anac ti Pating
Full Feature Narrative
“Anac Ti Pating” happens in one school year from June to March. Sixto Mangaoang is a Math wizard in Grade 5, he however also has the penchant for drawing and writing. For his English Class project, Sixto decides on writing a short story for children about a shark living in the forest in the Cordilleras. Sixto ‘comes-of-age’ in this school year, he develops a friendship with his neighbor, the retired Dr. Rayos, who encourages Sixto to strive hard to pursue his dreams. Sixto also befriends his Korean neighbor, a boy about the same age as he, despite their awkward first meeting. Sixto experiences first love. Sixto stands up to the school bully. Sixto discovers the truth about his birth.
Presented by Film Development Council of the Philippines,
The Workshop for Infinite Media and Fridge Multi-media
Written and Directed by Martin Masadao
Director of Photography: Ferdinand L. Balanag
Editor: Hendrix Sanchez
Sound Supervisor: Shant Verdun
Cameraman: Paul Capuyan, Glenn Pat-ogan, John Paderon
"Walk Happy! Baguio City!"
an advocacy campaign that encourages walking and promotes responsible tourism.
New ad campaign takes Baguio by storm
Award winning indie film director Ferdinand Balanag of The Workshop for Infinite Media (TWIMedia, Inc.) directs “Walk Happy! Baguio City!”, a tourism campaign that advocates for an orderly and disciplined City of Pines during the celebration of Panagbenga Festival and all holidays henceforth celebrated within the city and its neighbouring tourist spots.
The ad campaign soars online through the hashtag #WalkHappyBaguioCity. Helping spread the word of the project, a surprisingly infectious whirlwind of goodvibes has taken over its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/718206274958902/). Everyone, from locals and past and present visitors to Baguio City, is invited to share their own experiences and photographs taken during their walks and escapades in the City of Pines.
Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. exec-committee chairman Anthony De Leon of the Baguio Country Club revealed last month that the infomercials will encourage visiting tourists to explore other spots and outdoor destinations in Baguio-Benguet-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) that otherwise would not gain exposure.
“Walk Happy! Baguio City!” is a joint venture of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB), Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI), Baguio Conventions and Visitors Bureau (BCVB), Baguio Country Club, and the production team of The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc headed by indie film director Ferdie Balanag.
“My most cherished memories occurred in this city, and it continues to charm and enchant me. It is a privilege to be tapped for this project and be able to show people all the ways one can fall in love with Baguio over and over again. While enjoying the popular sights on foot, it is our hope that people will take closer notice of our city’s beautiful environment and experience its natural allure, know and remember it not just for its strawberries and commercial souvenirs, but discover its rich cultural roots and artful heritage safeguarded as well as embodied by its wonderful people. A re-discovery of Baguio in this way will inspire a deeper, more personal appreciation and respect for our home,” were Mr. Balanag’s sentiments on the campaign’s bold mission.
Mikey as the “Face of the Campaign”
Top international performer, YouTube sensation, and ardent promoter of Filipino culture Mikey Bustos is the “Face of the Campaign”. Mikey started his career as a singer, and has now budded into an exceptional talent celebrated both locally and internationally. In addition to his actively documented travels all over the Philippines, he has made a name for himself by promoting the vibrant Filipino culture through his numerous video performances uploaded over the worldwide internet which are as informative as they are entertaining. His undeniable appeal has earned him an impressive following in the country and abroad.
Audio Video Presentation
Audio Video Presentation in animation and motion graphics presented by Ms. Ilonka Harezi for the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia (June 16, 2011). SHIFT2012 is a detailed, incremental plan, using innovative marketing techniques and web-based tools to bring governments, private industries, and grassroots groups together as a one-world team to focus on achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. A three-step pathway to ending poverty and encouraging peace.
Director Ferdinand L. Balanag
Animation by TWIMEDIA and FRIDGE multimedia
BBC World News Segment, UN-REDD
(Philippines). Commissioned by UN-REDD, and screened to World Leaders at the United Nations (Sept. 2009), the film highlights the value of tropical rainforests for tackling climate change. REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries - is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. Video focused on Victoria TauliCorpuz, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Produced by Claire Walding of TVE, London, UK, for BBC World News and the United Nations.
Director, Videographer Ferdinand L. Balanag
Jyba world is a cartoon/ animation series produced by Teslar Entertainment USA and the United Nations in cooperation with The Workshop for Infinite Media, Inc. The series is geared towards achieving the United Nations Millenium Development Goals for children in third world nations in 2015
Directed by Ferdinand L Balanag
Animation by Jason Herbolario
Project Manager: Sheila Neubauer
Respect Mt. Pulag
for this short educational video on ecologically- and culturally appropriate behavior to orient trekkers and tourists prior to entering the sacred grounds of Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet. Philippines.
Director and Cinematographer Ferdinand L. Balanag