The CHAMPs—a komiks/magazine created by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the Communication Foundation for Asia for voters education—earned very favorable early reviews from GMA-7 and the Commission on Election itself. It presents the adventures of four young heroes who champion PPCRV’s mantra of clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful elections; hence, the name.
GMA-7 featured the magazine in its “24 Oras” and “State of the Nation” programs—focusing on the story and illustration style “a la Marvel.” Special mention was made of the use of games, puzzles and activities to help voters choose their candidates wisely, familiarize them with automated election, and monitor the performance of winning candidates vs. their campaign promises. (To watch a video clip of the “State of the Nation” feature, click on the screen accompanying this article.)
In a critique of “The CHAMPs” in GMA News Online, reviewer Jerald Uy writes, “The story…does not come across as preachy, but subtly inculcates ideals by entertaining the reader as the tale progresses. It does not directly tell us to vote responsibly but rather shows the effects of having a rotten government official elected, prompting readers to think twice about what to write on their ballots.” (See full review by clicking here.)
COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez, meanwhile, gave the magazine points for targeting the youth—a potentially large block of voters and election monitors.
PPCRV’s co-director for voters education Ginny Rodriguez says that, with all parishes clamoring for copies of the magazine, the first printing of 32,000 copies is almost exhausted. There are plans to print more, and in different dialects.
To download a free digital version of the magazine, click here.