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Short Film by Igorota film producer Joyce Laoagan wins multiple awards

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Cordillera - Short film written by Joyce Lao from the Ibaloi tribe has won numerous awards at the New York International Film Awards and at the Rango and Golden Beach Film Festival.

The short film Eva's Gabriel, written and produced by Joyce Laoagan and film-director Buali Sha was named Best Acting Ensemble at the New York International Film Festival. 

The film also won Best Male Director, Best Drama Short and Best Short Film at the Rango and Golden Film Festival. 

Lao wrote the film during the pandemic, a short story about Eva (played by Lao) who was put under house arrest by the government. While waiting for the day of her release, she developed a relationship with a fellow prisoner next door name Gabriel (played by Buali Shah). Their relationship grows until the day of their release. When Eva was out of her room to check for Buali, she was shocked to find out that no one is there.

Joyce’s legal name is Joyce Laoagan. She is Indigenous-Filipino American, an Igorota from the Ibaloi tribe born and raised in Baguio City and Benguet, Philippines. Early in her career in New York City, she would audition using her legal name and never got far despite her experience as a performer. She used the American-sounding Logan as her last name upon the suggestion of a music producer. She finally decided to adopt the stage name Lao which is easy to remember and is a shorter version of her legal name.-



Anonymous said...

Where is the movie to watch

Anonymous said...

Congratulations from a fellow ibaloi .Proud of your laurels #achieved

Anonymous said...

Congratulations kaidian...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Keep it up. Proud igorota ibaloi here from Bokod,,Benguet.

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