A THOMASIAN filmmaker’s award-winning independent film will represent the country in the 2013 Academy Awards.

The 2012 Cinemalaya Film Festival Director’s Showcase entry, Bwakaw, written and directed by Communication Arts alumnus Jun Lana, will banner the Philippines next year in the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film Category.

Bwakaw, which also won the Audience Choice Award, is a drama-comedy indie film starring Eddie Garcia, who plays an aging homosexual man with a pet dog as his only companion.

The film is also the country’s entry to the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival this year.

Lana was a recipient of the 2001 Rector’s Literary Award in the annual university-wide literary derby Ustetika organized by The Varsitarian. Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela

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