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How a high school graduate with no degree in film-making produces one of the top Igorot movies

Photo Courtesy || Boyong Daguines
Cordillera - To become a professional filmmaker, one must have at least a bachelor's degree in film making, but this man from Buguias, Benguet has successfully made and directed his own film without a formal education in film making.. 

Nestor Daguines  known as "Boyong" is the creator of the popular animated series in the Cordillera called 'Lampitok'. 

Daguines used to be a van driver however, his interest and passion in how movies were created since he was a kid, has inspired him to pursue film making. 

By watching tutorials from YouTube and attending seminars and workshops related to film making, Daguines gained knowledge, perfected his craft and began directing and creating movies by himself. 

In fact in 2012, he and fellow Igorot director Sendong successfully directed the first Igorot Indie film "Busol", which was shown in one of the biggest gathering of Filipino independent films in Cebu city along with other locally produced films from the various regions of the country. 

For the very first time, a film made by an Igorot was chosen to be shown in the event. 

His eagerness and passion in producing films for the Igorots has prompted him to continue despite having no formal education and enough equipment for film creation

There are other films that Daguines has created and directed including the film "Sik-a Et Baw", "White Lady", "Di ka Maupay, "Timplan di Layad" and many more. 


He has also learned film animation and made the first animated series called "Lampitok", a funny Igorot cartoon movie that went viral in Cordillera. 

With his success in film making, Daguines hopes that he'll continue producing more Igorot films and more Cordillerans will support him. 

Some of his films are already out in CD and DVD format and  are available in Igorot movie outlets in Baguio and La Trinidad.
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