SM City Iloilo to hold graduation of Ilonggo animators
Published in The Daily Guardian, The News Today, The Daily Informer and Sunstar Iloilo
SM City Iloilo, the region’s premier shopping and entertainment mall will be the venue of the graduation ceremony of the second batch of Ilonggo animators on October 5, 2007 at 2PM.
The Professional Assistant (2D) Animation course was one of the breakthrough projects of President Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo and Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Region VI in partnership with Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI) and Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) to provide globally competitive employment for many aspiring Ilonggo animators. After more than six months of hectic training to become expert 2D animators focusing in In-Betweens (IB) and Clean-ups (CU), the 25 promising Ilonggo animators that made up the second batch of TESDA/WVCST scholars will finally receive their certificate of completion at the Activity Center of SM City Iloilo. Equipped with knowledge and skills about animation, the new breed of Ilonggo animators are all set to showcase not only their group project entitled “The Adventures of Tasi” (a story of WVCST statue who became a real boy for a day) but also their animated individual projects that would definitely highlight their creativity and God-given talents through a widescreen presentation. The second batch of Ilonggo animators already named their group as “KURIS”, a Hiligaynon terminology that means “rough sketches” reflecting their passion for animation which all started in raw scribble of pencils to form animated characters or figures with the help of a lightbox and animation papers. Similarly, they wanted to establish an Ilonggo name for their group to propagate cultural pride and interest in animation among their fellow Ilonggo artists.
The first batch of Ilonggo animators that graduated last April this year will also showcase their entries for the ACPI National Animation Contest entitled “Medalyon”, “Kamalig” “Barter of Panay” from APEX and “Legend of Tibud” from Dimbox. Likewise, the upcoming third batch of Ilonggo animators selected by ACPI and TESDA will come over to receive their scholarship certificates. Notable officers from TESDA, ACPI, Provincial and City government will grace the important affair to provide moral support to upcoming Ilonggo animators who continuously carving a name for Iloilo as the next animation hub in the country.
So come over and attend this special event to know why Ilonggo animators are truly the next big thing in the animation industry!