Making Films. Incorporating Mathematics.

CINEMATHLAYA. Making Films. Incorporating Mathematics.


    “Performance Task component allows learner to show what they are able to do in diverse ways. They may create or innovate products or do performance-based tasks. Performance-based tasks may include skills demonstration, group presentation, oral work, multimedia presentations, and research projects. “- DepEd Order No. 8, s.2015

    This blogsite helps teachers and students in adopting needed skills for them to perform well in creating short films that incorporate Mathematics.

     Cinemathlaya is a fusion of Cinema (movie), Mathematics and Malaya (freedom). It is an independent short film making that delivers Mathematical content and projects its value to real life a scenario. And for this reason, CINEMATHLAYA was created to discover the potentials of students as aspiring film makers in incorporating Mathematics in their films and to arouse the interest of their student audiences in valuing this sophisticated subject in their lives.


…. “Who cares?:”

…. “Not that, it’s so difficult.”

….”Not my type!”

…..”Can I have something else?”

    These were the few thoughts I’ve heard even when I was in elementary. Mathematics became a nightmare to almost school children and even adults too during their schooling years.

But how can we live a life without loving it and embracing it. There is nothing to fear about learning Mathematics.

    But, how we can break the stigma about it?

    Over the years , for 10 years, I am used to make school events’ documentation, education technology tools’ tutorial lessons, or teaching Mathematics lessons covered inside of the classroom enhanced by the power of technology then uploading these videos to YouTube or Facebook.

    Then came my AHA MOMENT! What if my students will make films that integrate Mathematics? Hmmm, it drew me a smile on my face and felt my heart beat so fast of excitement. Why Not?

    Next, as if I’m already rolling a camera, thinking how to ignite the students’ drive to appreciate and understand Mathematics. They seldom and even often not, had seen the impact of mathematics to real world application.

    My mindset was very positive to create video materials through adopting these skills that could benefit students about how the concepts of Mathematics play in the real world applications to be executed through film making.

    It took me a year before I decided to pursue the project. I couldn’t even decide what was the best title for my project whether “math in movies”, or “movies in math” which were really common, then suddenly a news on television came across.

    It was about Cinemalaya film fest well-known in the Philippines where first-time film makers are competing with their entries of high-quality indie films to stir the sensibilities of Filipino audience. It popped-up in that very moment, that the title of my project would be Cinemathlaya where our future audiences are students or teachers as well.

    Before its implementation, it turned out a Project-Based Learning, complete with a tagline, “Cinemathlaya: Making Films. Incorporating Mathematics”. The project was timely where most of my students’ time was hard-pressed to 2 – 3 months of making the film.

Actually, students hated the subject, especially if it is done in a usual practices inside the classroom. Computation, recitation, board works and more. Why not put some twists in that day to day experiences with Mathematics?

    Bringing them outside those walls, outdoor activities became a haven for them . We are now dealing with a new generation of students, they are more into gadgets, where technology is their ally. Why not just take advantage using these gadgets in learning mathematics through making an authentic film with a taste like drama, comedy, horror, documentary, action, sci-fi or fairytale that benefits every learner to experience real world applications of Mathematics played on a the big screen?

    This project was pioneered, and became a blockbuster for the Film Showing at Pangasinan National High School.

    The project really hooked young film makers, conceptualized the learning of Mathematics in real world, unfolded the challenge of the 21st century skills and wrapped-up with bundled objectives such as to develop their skills in ICT, management and marketing.

    Now, it is officially becomes an annual event of the school for all grade levels’ aspiring film makers in incorporating Mathematics in their films.