Monthly Archives: February 2013

CHAMPs Earn Praises from Media, Comelec

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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.

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The Teacher As Writer

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IMG_20130204_124905Dr. Lina Diaz de Rivera (third from left, in jacket) talks of “The Teacher As Writer” during the 5th Paz Latorena Memorial Lecture at the University of Sto. Tomas, 04 Feb 13. Dr. de Rivera is a regular contributor to CFA’s Pambata Magazine. Her articles appear in Pambata’s special section for teachers, titled “From the Teacher’s Desk.” To view a video of Dr. de Rivera’s speech, click on the screen below.

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ImageThe CHAMPs, a team of young komiks superheroes created by CFA for the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, are now featured in a game app for Android devices.  The Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) based the game on CFA’s voters education komiks/magazine.  Ateneo developed the game pro bono for PPCRV.  To download the game to your Android tablet or smartphone, go to the Android market (or Google Play), and search for “PPCRV.”

 

CFA Komiks Superheroes Jump From Print to Android

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When Fr. Ramil H. Cruz, PhD, celebrated his 16th sacerdotal anniversary and 47 birthday, 01 Feb, in Guimba, Nueva Ecija, CFA staffers were there to join the merriment. Fr. Ramil is superintendent of Guimba’s Sacred Heart College, and Region III director of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines. He consistently gives recommendations to enhance CFA’s publications. With Fr. Ramil in photo are: Sales Head Sean Siy (center) and Sales staffers (from left to right) Cherry Bernal and daughter Tricia, Veron Vallecera, Bernie Timbas and Laurence dela Cruz.

CFA Staffers Join Celebration of N. Ecija Priest-Friend