A FILM on how UST students bear the crosses of their lives, made by Medicine students, was named this year’s Best Student Short Film by the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).

“Krus,” also a finalist in this year’s UST ‘Q’ Short Film Festival, features the lives of four Thomasians mixed with rituals of the Mass.

The award was given at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium in Makati City last Oct. 19.

Joseph Angelo Kiat, one of the film’s producers, said “Krus” depicts the journey of four students in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations while “bearing their own crosses and dilemmas in life.”

In the film, Rosemarie (Cyryl Rejuso) plays the role of a member of the UST Lady Spikers who gets pregnant, Albert Vallente (Jay Joseph Nicolas) fails in the medicine licensure exam, Constante (Dave Mesias) leaves the Central Seminary to escape his burdens, and Katrina Hernandez (Jean Khara Casillan), a San Martin de Porres scholar, loses her scholarship.

The film, endorsed by Medicine Dean Ma. Graciela Gonzaga to the CMMA, was produced by the students’ Lente Productions and directed by Rajiv Kalbit and Jake Bonnie Briones.

The 33rd CMMA also conferred the first Blessed Pope John Paul II Award to Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales for his “innovative and creative way” of helping the poor. The award was in celebration of the late pontiff’s first feast day last Oct. 22.

The CMMA is an award-giving body for mass media practitioners who, according to the late Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, “serve God through media.” It has been organized by the Archdiocese of Manila since 1978.

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