Monthly Archives: March 2013

CFA MTV Contest: Create a Song! Create an MTV Video! Win Prizes!



Communication Foundation for Asia launches the Promote Good Governance! Be an Engaged Citizen! MTV Contest. Create a Song! Create an MTV Video! Win Prizes!

This contest is open to all 15-25-year-old Filipino amateur songwriters and MTV makers. Contestants must be within the age range at the time of submission of their entries. They must not have previously produced a song or MTV that has been released commercially (for sale) by a recording company.

Contestants must submit their entries on or before September 15, 2013.

Please click here to download the Registration form together with the rules and guidelines of the contest.

QR Codes in CFA Magazines Take Readers Beyond Printed Pages


Recognizing the growing popularity of Smartphones and tablets (especially among the young), the Publications Department of the Communications Foundation for Asia has started using QR codes in its magazines.

QR Codes

QR Codes

QR (short for Quick Response) codes are matrix barcodes that may be read by an imaging device, such as a Smartphone or tablet with a camera and pre-installed scanning app. The device may then re-direct the user to a Web location (or load a file, or bring up a GPS spot) encoded in the image. Scanning the QR code on the Pope Francis article shown in the picture, for example, will load for the reader a YouTube video docu on Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Meanwhile, the QR code on the right-hand page will let the reader sample a new Android game being reviewed in CFA’s Pambata magazine. “We see a wide array of uses for QR codes,” a CFA editor said. “If an article in our magazine is discussing the Miracle in Cana, for instance, a QR code can take the reader to a Google map of Cana—giving the reader a ‘you-are-there’ experience. We always look for ways by which our readers can better understand and appreciate our magazines, beyond what they see in print.” CFA is trying out the use of QR codes in its magazines for intermediate- and high school readers, realizing these are the levels where Smartphones and tablets are likely in heavy use.

Down Syndrome Doesn’t Keep Girl From Excelling


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What are the chances of an ordinary teenager to represent the Asia-Pacific region in an international event like the World Winter Games? One in a million?

What are the chances of a youngster with Down Syndrome to accomplish that feat? Make that one-in-a-million multiplied many times over.

And yet, 16-year-old Brina Maxino, a senior high-schooler from Parañaque’s Holy Francis School, can in fact claim that she did. Brina is the first Filipina (and the first teenager with Down Syndrome) to represent the Asia-Pacific region as Youth Ambassador to the Global Youth Activation Summit (GYAS) held during the Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games last January in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Brina’s story—and how she hurdled the obstacles she faced—will be featured in the June-July 2013 issue of Gospel “K” Magazine. Find out from how you may reserve a copy.

CFA Joins Pre-Election Youth Congress


kk1 for blog_n_fbThe Communication Foundation for Asia joined a 2,000-strong army of young election workers in “Kilos Kabataan,” held March 8 in Pasig Catholic College.  Mostly high school students from the National Capital Region, the students gained an introduction on how to help safeguard the coming mid-term poll.

Also known as CHAMP 2013, Kilos Kabataan was conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as part of its voters education program.  The presence of DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes during the event highlighted the importance of youth engagement in bringing about what PPCRV calls “clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful” election.

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Young people interested in volunteering for PPCRV work may contact their Website:

CFA Magazines launches its own Facebook and Twitter accounts


cfa mags profile foto 180pxIn line with Communication Foundation for Asia’s goal of reaching out to its magazine subscribers through the social media, CFA recently launch its own Facebook and Twitter account. You can now easily communicate with our sales and publications team via such networks. Feel free to post your comments, suggestions and stories.


Komiks Creation/Appreciation Course Set 25-26 April


ImageDesigned for comics writers, illustrators and Christian Living teachers who use comics in their classrooms, a workshop/seminar titled “The Gospel According to Komiks” is to be held in CFA on 25-26 April 2013.

The following list describes some of the topics to be covered in the course:
– Theory of comics and sequential art
– Effective storytelling
– Traditional and Marvel methods of comics creation
– Styles of comics illustration (including realistic, manga, comics noir and 3D)
– Basic Bible interpretation
– Use of comics for Gospel-sharing
– Evolution of comics publishing (from print to Web to apps)
Multi-awarded storywriter and filmmaker Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo Jr. will lead the discussion on effective storytelling.

Please click here to download the registration form.

For further information, please contact: