Oblates launch video docu outfit

It is produced by the Oblate Communications Philippines (ObComPhil) under Fr. Eduardo Vasquez, OMI.

Vasquez started producing videos for the I-Watch last April 2006 in the parish of San Isidro Labrador in North Upi, one of the remotest municipalities in the hinterlands of Maguindanao, a town inhabited by the Teduray, among the tribes being served by the Oblates.

Three months later, the I-Watch was formally accepted and owned by the ObComPhil in an Oblates meeting held in Cotabato City.

Vasquez said the I-Watch hopes to awaken, inform, educate, and inspire persons or communities through video productions and presentations.

“It aims to motivate people to act together on urgent issues like poverty, environment, peace, justice, culture, and faith which confront a particular community. It also aims to help the natives in their struggle for equality, peace, and justice,” said Vasquez.

The I-Watch has already produced some video documentaries, including the “Journey from the Margins,” which tackles the life situation of the Dulangan-Manobos, an indigenous people in Sultan Kudarat province.

Vasquez said that despite meager funds, the I-Watch was able to produce quality video documentaries similar to shows produced by big networks.

Vasquez, who just received his diploma on social and religious communications in Crec-Avex in France, said that producing videos on the life situation of the people the Oblates have been working with has been his dream.

“Right now, with I-Watch, this dream is becoming into a reality,” he stressed. (Malu Cadeliña Manar / MindaNews)