GASA Short Film Finalist Sinulog Cebu | JM Libarnes | Shaun Catubigan


Finalist in Sinulog Film Festival Cebu City
Awardee for Best Child Performer
Nominee for Best Supporting Actor
A short film by
Shaun&IMD Production and JMLibarnes Movie Studio
Story&Directed by : Shaunwyn.Catubigan
Produced by: Shiela Chavez Lim, Gladys Baluyos and JM Libarnes
Copywriter : Marie Tiujongco Quiachon
Chino, a 10-year old son of a devotee of the Sr. Sto. Nino is full of dreams. But after his mother suffered from an illness, he started to sell candles at the Basilica del Sto. Nino of Cebu to earn for their living. Every day as a young vendor, he will meet many devotees of different struggles. And, that will be Jay and Claire, two people who almost had the same fates before their dreams came true and he will also be a friend to MaiMai, a young devotee and she is a graduating student from one of the prestigious universities in Cebu. But MaiMai suddenly stops going to church and he doesn't see her for a while. She begins losing her faith in Sr. Sto. Nino after her family died of a tragic accident. MaiMai turns to parties to forget her sadness that could cost her future. But Chino will unexpectedly meet her and he knew she needs help though he can confide with her with a simple thing. How will a young boy turn to be a blessing to others? And, will he live his dream into a reality?

Vincent Wyze Samson
Jemaimah Gorne
Calvin Calderon
Adelwena Alcero
Claire Layola
Jay Crisologo
Edgar Vincent Samson II
Elgene Pagapong
Joshua Miguel Pagapong
Gino Sagrado
Bam-Bam Ruaza
Gasa Shortfilm Sinulog Awardee | Shaun Catubigan | JM Libarnes
 Gasa by Vincent Wyze Samson
(2013) on IMDb


Where would kindness take you? This question lingers the story of Shaun Catubigan's short film, Gasa (Gift), which bagged the Best Child Performer Award for the 2013 edition of the Sinulog Film Festival.

The movie revolves around starry-eyed Chino, who is a child full of dreams. After his mother suffered from an illness, he started selling candles at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño to make ends meet. On a daily, he meets people with different struggles. Despite his challenges, Chino will learn how he could become a blessing to others.

With a duration of 14 minutes and 29 seconds, this short film will definitely move you. - Sunstar Cebu


Shaun Catubigan & JM Libarnes Awardee
Chino Vincent Wyze Samson Best Child Performer Awarding Nights
Dove Claire Layola - Gasa Shortfilm
GASA Collaterals Graphic Design by JM Libarnes
Team GASA attending Awards Night

Shaunwyn Catubigan, JM Libarnes

Awardee Vincent Wyze Samson

Dove Claire Layola

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Awarding Nights Team GASA Vincent Samson
JM Libarnes | Dove Layola | Jay Crisologo | Shaun
Team Gasa Shortfilm | JM Libarnes | Shaun | Dove
JM Libarnes Holding the Trophy for Best Child Performer
Nomination for Best Child Performer
      JM Libarnes Announcement of Best Child Performer
Shaunwyn Catubigan and JM Libarnes behind GASA Shortfilm
JeMaimah Gorne
Showing in SM Cebu Cinema . Team GASA
JM Libarnes, Calvin, Jay Crisologo, Shaun Catubigan
Vincent Wyze Samson and Dove Claire Layola
  Mai Mai Gorne   Back: Calvin Calderon
Front : JM Libarnes, Jay Crisologo, Shaunwyn Henery Catubigan
Vincent Wyze Samson and Dove Claire Layola
Tungod Sa Kaayo Mo - OST GASA
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St. Paul University Surigao - Best Child Actor

The Grade Four pupil was adjudged Best Child Performer in the short film category of the Annual Sinulog Film Festival which was held during the Feast of Senior Sto. Nino de Cebu for his truthful portrayal in the movie entry "Gasa".

"I wasn't expecting much because there were other equally talented contenders" shared Samson.

But lady luck smiled at this budding thespian who credited his father, his hands -0n acting coach, Kuya Shawn Catubigan, his discoverer for bringing out in him his natural ability.

Pressed for some tips he could advise other children who want to follow his footsteps, Samson innocently emphasized "be natural and never forget to Pray to God".

With this milestone achievement he has brought home everyone in the Paulinian Community from classmates, teachers, Sisters and Friends feels proud and jovial.

One eager question remains, can a mainstream movie offer be far behind Samson sheepishly beamed smile.

- Franz William G. Felicio

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