Home is where the heart is. And in the case of Tell Them Ministry filmmaker Jasper Ivan Iturriaga, it is also where the art is.
Jasper’s hometown of Isabela in Negros Occidental may have a huge influence on the way he frames his films but that’s not necessarily what art is in this context. It rings quite on a literal level: Isabela as a piece of art as seen through the eyes of one of its vagabond sons.
In his montage of aerial footages, Jasper beautifully encapsulates Isabela’s vivid environmental spheres. The fields, a natural palette of rich brown and glowing green, are wide and lush as are the mountains resigned in silent shapeliness under clear skies and luminous clouds. The rivers and falls rush as they collide with rocks, promising a certain kind of cleansing to refresh the weariest of bodies—and maybe even souls.
The video zooms in on other familiar places: the school, the church, the football field, the multi-purpose evacuation center. It also provides a breathtaking view of Barangay Riverside’s rice terraces, an obvious opus of environmental engineering at its finest.
Jasper’s short film hits home, personally. Generally, it opens up a whole new vista for nature-loving wanderers who seek a momentary refuge.