When March comes, the educational institutions don their robes and confer where affirmation is due. When you are out of these hallowed halls, the affirmations you get are the betterment created by your work in the real world.
Once in a while, something like the USLS Communication Department comes up with an Ehemplo Award, conferred on a communications practitioner whose work is worth emulating. The first Ehemplo awardee is Domingo Barney Infante Molina, an artist, a mentor and a family man. He is a UP Business Economics graduate, who has extensive experience in the film industry and at the height of his show business career, came back to his home province of Negros where he believes he can contribute the most.
Molina has worked closely with Communication students of Bacolod and Iloilo, most especially in his Panawagan sang Kabataan project, the creation of 30-seconder values advertisements that put across the voice of the new generation in the interest of preserving the environment, an honest and clean election, disaster preparedness and the likes. Another of his pride, which is now on its 11 th year, is Quiz High which pits mind against mind, regardless of background, to surface confidence and pride among learners, highlighting the fact that education is, indeed, the greatest equalizer. Molina also elevated the quality of pageants in Bacolod and Panay in terms of highlighting the best of every candidate by sharing the humanity of each person, instead of objectifying women, all done with the use of good production values.
He is presently the Entertainment Regional TV head of ABS-CBN RNG Bacolod and, as such, has brought in 10 Golden Dove awards, three Golden Dove nominations, and two Catholic Mass Media awards in the course of two decades of production leadership. He has produced and directed more than 20 local shows, to include telemagazines, drama series, variety shows, quiz shows and television specials, to include the longest run for a TV variety show, the first Hiligaynon television drama series, and the most awarded festival specials in local television.
Molina worked with the cinema under the mentorship and direction of film director Peque Gallaga. He was assistant director, script supervisor, and production assistant in 12 full features under Regal Films, Seiko Films and Athena Productions. He has directed six commercials and was assistant director and crowd director in a total of 18 national and local TVCs. He had lengthy experience in national television as assistant director, script supervisor, and actor with eight national television shows to include Cebu and Boracay. He has stage experience as director and production staff in six major stage productions.
Molina was earlier shaped by the La Sallian Integrated School system and became a scholar of the 9th UP Cinema art film workshop and the 1985 Experimental Filmmaking Workshop of the German Cultural Center Goethe Institute, as well as the 1986 Mowelfund 16mm Experimental Filmmaking Workshop.
He has served the education system as faculty of the Mass Communication departments of both the University of St. La Salle and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, mentoring as well, several batches of Bacolod Kapamilya production staff.*
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