Can Volunteerism be a trend in the Youth Today?

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” 
― Ingrid Bergman

I’m the kind of person who has massive love for films.

May it be watching films, or making them. It’s one of the things I really miss about school.

I used to really love being busy shooting, doing all the technical stuff, and all the magic that happens behind the scenes. Not a lot of people understand that sometimes, a simple 2 minute conversation on screen is done in twenty takes with seven different camera angles and a lot of heated arguments with temperamental directors.

I wanted to rest from all of it for a while because it started losing its magic for me, it was the one thing I knew I loved doing, and it was one of those things I really excelled in.

Recently, I’ve been asked to make this short video for GK (this organization I’m volunteering in) where I had to showcase what’s trending in our city, and how, we could make volunteerism a trend among young people as well.

After conceptualizing the video that I imagined to be a short 1-minuter with 7 people in the cast, I was surprised to see more than twenty people showing up on the day of the shoot.

BM members and the GK Youth on the bridgeway to GK Site- Banago
BM members and the GK Youth on the bridgeway to GK Site- Banago

Anyhoo, it ended up going really well. Despite the weather turning from rainy to sunny in a matter of seconds, and the really bad sunburn I got from shooting midday, I had a lot of fun.

The video was launched yesterday for the Negros Occidental GK Youth Summit where more than 500 members of the GK Youth attended. It was a proud moment for me, and considering that the shoot was done and edited in 4 days time in between all the other busy work and school related things, I’m really glad with how it ended up.

I want to give a huge shoutout to my good friend Skippy who collaborated with me on the making of this video.

He helped in shooting and editing, and taught me a lot of cool new stuff I can’t wait to try on my other videos.

Check out his works here:


My passion in film-making is starting to burn again, just a little flicker, but it’s coming back at least. 😉


xx Gizel

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