TACLOBAN CITY– Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BACOMM) students from Leyte Normal University (LNU) are gearing up for another challenge after being shortlisted for the upcoming Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC) 2024, set for June 7, 2024, at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.

In PJRC 2023, first-year LNU-BACOMM students participated in the Documentary Feature category, securing the 6th spot among nine finalists.

This year, the students have been shortlisted in the News Documentary category with their entry “Pinong Pangarap (Pure Ambition),” submitted in April 2024. The documentary previously won Best Video Documentary at the 4th International Conference on Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development (iPOVCON) in Manila.

Produced in six days, the documentary highlights the life of Kuya Arturo ‘Jun’ Agner, a 47-year-old sand miner from Brgy. Cogon, Palo, Leyte, which aim to shed light on the struggles of marginalized workers.

Directed by Jon Ivan, the film emphasizes the challenges faced by underprivileged, overworked, and underpaid individuals.

Ivan stated, “We want to make this story known as much as possible…we believe that our entry speaks reality and serves as an eye-opener about the real situation in the country.”
The team also won a gold award in this year’s 2nd EdukCircle Vlogging competition as part of the 25th EdukCircle International Convention on Media Communication 2024.

Currently, they are working on an infomercial music video as part of the top 8 finalists in the LOVE EV Infomercial Music Video Competition, organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT-8) in partnership with Leyte Normal University, Tingog party-list, and the province of Leyte.