Sep 27, 2023 | Press Release

MANILA, PHILIPPINES– Two outstanding projects under the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Innovation and Game Development Grant Program have been named finalists at the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s highly acclaimed LEVEL UP KL: SEA Game Awards 2023 and Kre8tif! Conference.

Galà and Bulusan Nan si Agingay, the proud finalists, have earned the prestigious recognition and are poised to present their groundbreaking creations at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia, taking place from September 27 to October 1, 2023.

These MDEC events serve as prominent platforms for showcasing and celebrating the talents and innovations of individuals and organizations in the digital economy sector. This recognition is a testament to the exceptional creativity and dedication of the CCP grantees.

Galà is an indie game developed by Kendikorp, offering players an immersive journey through iconic Philippine landscapes. Its unique gameplay and artistic design have garnered international attention. Galà is a finalist for the LEVEL UP KL: SEA Game Awards.

Bulusan Nan si Agingay is a frame-by-frame paper cut-out stop-motion animation that beautifully narrates the legends of Bulusan and Agingay, drawn from the rich folklore of Sorsogon. This captivating work embodies the cultural tapestry of the Philippines and is nominated for the SEA Kre8tif! Awards.

In addition to CCP’s grantees, three more Filipino projects have achieved recognition as finalists: by Kooapps Philippines, RiBeat! by Sweet Banana, and Nenita the Witch by Ateneo de Naga University students Angel Clarisse C. Nate and Elliah Krista Cahilig.

The Kre8tif! Conference and LEVEL UP KL: SEA Game Awards are renowned for bringing together industry experts, innovators, and creative minds from across the globe. These events provide a unique platform for networking, idea exchange, and global exposure.

“CCP recognizes that digital innovation is truly a thriving industry and we don’t want to be left behind. We see the value these digital innovation projects hold and the promise of nurturing what’s ours. I’ve seen that the content is rich in Filipino traditions, culture, values and stories and I really think it deserves the attention and the support of the rest of the world.” CCP’s President Nikki Junia shares.

CCP continues to ask for support from government entities, private companies, and individuals for funding support in promoting remarkable local talent and also upholding the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage and game development prowess.

CCP also extends its heartfelt gratitude to Philippine Airlines and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for their generous support and sponsorship of airfare tickets and accommodations for the CCP grantees who were named finalists for the events and for their invaluable partnership and unwavering support of these projects and Filipino works.

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, DICT Undersecretary for ICT Industry Development, shared her sentiments about the project: “I commend the CCP for leading initiatives in supporting young Filipino digital creatives. The emerging generation of digital creatives has the potential to position the Philippines prominently on the global stage in game development and animation. Consequently, it is crucial to allocate additional resources to support and nurture their ideas, enabling talented Filipino youth to emerge as influential digital content creators.”

Capt. Stanley K. Ng, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Philippine Airlines is delighted to serve as an air bridge connecting Filipino talents with the global digital economy at a time of rapid technological innovation. At the same time, we are proud to support the promotion of Filipino culture through digital platforms. I wish the CCP grantees a productive visit to Malaysia.”

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