Real-Life Stories with Jeorge Añonuevo: A Talented Storyteller from Laguna

The famous line, “on our path we are never denied but only redirected” looks like it is not just an old chestnut. In fact, 22-year old Jann Jeorge Michael Añonuevo is a testament that we can all dream big and make it happen.

Growing up, Jeorge really wanted to be an engineer. But because of the twists and turns of events in his life, he decided to study Information Technology at RedLink Institute of Science and Technology.

While studying, his dream of becoming a filmmaker also started to flourish and because of the religious organization where he belongs, he was able to start weaving his own stories.

“Nagsimula akong gumawa ng mga films nang sumali ako sa isang religious organization sa aming simbahan (SocCom). Lahat ng mga skills na dala ko ngayon ay aking natutunan noong mga panahong naglilingkod pa ako sa simbahan. Learning while serving God is a big part of me being a filmmaker.”

His passion towards storytelling and bringing life stories through his films is truly evident. Not to mention, his film entry “Mandalas Mata” to the Anak ng Pinoy Youth Organization Film Festival.

“Ang Mandalas Mata ay isang maikling pelikulang hango sa totoong buhay. Ang maikling pelikulang ito ay patungkol sa binatang binago ng kanyang nakaraan. Sa kaniyang pagbabalik-tanaw, naalala niya ang kaniyang sarili at ang mga nagawa niya sa kaniyang pamilya. Si Phillip ay isang mapagmahal na anak. Isinilang siya sa panahon kung kailan talamak ang social media at mga teknolohiya na kung saan madalas niyang pinaglalaanan ng oras at naging dahilan ito upang mawalan siya ng respeto sa kanyang mga magulang,” Jeorge narrated with the Film Dream.

Official Film Poster of "Mandalas Mata" directed by Jeorge Añonuevo

According to the talented Jorge Añonuevo, together with his team, they had to conduct rigorous research that is befitting to the theme of the festival they’re participating in and he also had to consider their life-experiences.

“Ang aming team/grupo ay nagsagawa ng research kung anong kwento ang aakma sa tema ng patimpalak. It was also the time na nagre-reflect ako sa mga karanasan ko sa buhay. I’ve decided to share it with my team. They were all amazed by the story and all of us agreed that it would be used for the competition.”

The combined effort and hardwork poured by Jeorge and his production team paid-off because they were chosen as one of the finalists out of all the entries in the film fest. But he recalls that they also had fair-share of struggles during the film production.

“Time was really a huge challenge for all of us. Most of us are students, specifically college students who are still coping up with the new setup (online learning). Hindi namin ma-commit ang mga sarili namin lalo na kapag may shooting. Because we all have our own priorities, madalas, nacacancel or nareresched ang shoot.”

BTS photos during the film production of "Mandalas Mata" directed by Jeorge Añonuevo

Despite all that, Jeorge who is a Cabuyao, Laguna native remained true to his vision. He is eager to tell his story to the world and while it is challenging to create a film, his passion and dedication kept him going.

“Every film must have a moral lesson. Bilang isang filmmaker, lagi kong tinatatak sa isip ko na dapat ay may mapulot na aral at ma-inspire ang bawat manonood sa kwento ng pelikula, especially teenagers.”