Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Best of Kalma Klima: Best Student Projects on Climate Change


Fotor07118308CFA’s Kalma Klima Environmental Project Contest came to a close on June 29, 2013. Among the entries submitted by several Metro Manila schools, the judges chose ten finalists, three of which eventually won top prizes. The contest was undertaken by the Communication Foundation for Asia with the support of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).

Third prize went to Manggahan High School’s Basura mo, Palitan ko. Their project to turn garbage into an entrepreneurial venture involving the whole school allowed them to gain a substantial profit from otherwise disposable garbage.

Coming in at second place was Tabing Ilog Vertical Garden Making from the fourth year students of Dr. Juan Nolasco High School. The ambitious project, which gained community support from a barangay in Tondo, Manila, enabled them to use the vertical gardens for vegetable planting and encouraged the neighborhood to stop using the river for their waste disposal.

The judges awarded first prize to the students of Manresa High School with their Kalma Klima Project. Their project came about after attending CFA’s Kalma Klima Forum last November 16, 2012, where this student project contest was launched. The group came up with a holistic project using the acronym KLIMA: Kamalayan, Lahok, Impok, Magtanim and Alterasyon which gained the support of the whole school and the community. As one of the participating students, Tristan Gabriel D. Felipe, observed: “Nakakatuwa nga po kasi nang ginagawa naming yung project, naging school wide na po siya.”

Among the guests at the awarding ceremony were NCR Regional Director Engr. Vizminda Osorio of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR, and three members of the contest panel of judges: Mr. Albert Magalang, Head of Climate Change Office, EMB; Dr. Carmel A. Gacho, Supervising Science Research Specialist, Environment and Biotech Division, ITDI-DOST and Mr. Godofredo Villapando, the Executive Director of FPE. In their remarks, Mr Villapando expressed his satisfaction with the project, which has obtained wide support from the participating schools and communities while CFA’s Executive Director Terry Hermano commended the determination of the contest participants to pass on the projects to the next batch of students so that these can be sustained.

The top three winners won cash prizes and trophies which were part of the CFA-FPE project. There were also certificates for each of the students and schools that participated in the top ten projects.

Other sponsors during the event were ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan and Philippine Science Centrum. They provided free tickets to La Mesa Eco Park and Philippine Science Centrum museum which were awarded to the finalists.

All finalists and the winners will be presented in a ‘best practices’ video being produced by CFA, which will be available soon. The video will emphasize simple and practical ways by which ordinary people can help counter climate change.

Have Gospel, Will Travel


fr richie composite2Do you need a Retreat Master, or an inspirational/motivational speaker, for you and your group? Fr. Richie Gomez of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), offers to share the Good News–in most cases, at no cost to his audience, this being part of his ministry. Fr. Richie is qualified and experienced to talk about the application of the Gospel in everyday life. Call or text him at 09266405474. Or E-mail him at Or visit the MSC Website, MSC is a mission partner of the Communication Foundation for Asia.

CFA’s Songwriting & MTV Contest Deadline Extended!


FINAL POSTER edited resizedThe deadline for the Good Governance Music Video Contest is extended to September 15, 2013 to accommodate requests from schools and students.

The contest was launched back in November 2012 by the Communication Foundation for Asia in cooperation with The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) during its NCR Youth Summit. It was also endorsed by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) in March 2013 during its regional youth rallies. This contest is open to all 15-25 year old Filipino amateur songwriters and MTV makers. They must not have previously produced a song or MTV that has been released commercially (for sale) by a recording company. Songs can be in English, Filipino or the local vernacular.

This is the second national youth songwriting contest created by CFA with themes on Good Governance and Engaged Citizenship. CFA held its first national youth songwriting contest back in 2009. The top 10 finalist songs of the contest were compiled in the album, titled “Awit ng mga Bagong Bida”. It went unchallenged to win the Best Secular Album during the 2010 Catholic Mass Media Awards.

The top three entries of the 2013 songwriting and MTV contest will receive cash prizes plus plaques of recognition. The overall Champion will receive P 30,000 while the 1st and 2nd placers will receive P 20,000 and P 10,000 respectively.

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

“I Can Be a Hero”


rhegweb“A simple advocacy of yours will change you and mold you to become a better person, better leader and better citizen of this country. And if you are really determined, your advocacy can change and affect other people’s lives and it will surely last a lifetime. It could make you a hero that will change the world.”

These were the words of a 15-year old Muslim student, Rhegynna Mustapha, from Notre Dame-RVM College of Cotabato, when asked what she had gained from the Peace Camp follow-up workshop organized by the Communication Foundation for Asia on May 8-9, 2013. The event provided the follow-up and reaffirmation of the advocacy commitment of 39 high school students from Metro Manila and Cotabato City, forged the previous year, during the May 2012 Peace Camp.

CFA conducted the workshop with the view that young people need to have modern-day heroes not only among the leaders in various fields of society, but also heroes from their own ranks. The strategy therefore was to create opportunities for young people to learn about nationalism, solidarity, unity and cooperation alongside peers from other regions and religions.

The May 2013 follow-up workshop reunited the Christian, Muslim and Lumad participants of the CFA Peace Camp the previous year, rekindling friendships and reinvigorating their advocacy for peace. The two-day workshop focused on the use of art, photography and video to create messages of peace. Peace and environment advocate and artist A.G. Saño told his personal story on how he uses art for his advocacy work on environmental protection and peace. He presented images of his murals across the country, encouraging fellow Filipinos to spread images of sea creatures and of Filipinos working hand-in-hand for peace. He encouraged the participants to use their creativity through a collage-making activity to portray their own message of peace.

Following that creative session was another image creation workshop in photography and video-making, facilitated by CFA’s Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC. Fr. Stephen used basic rules in photography to explain harmony, unity and cooperation in daily living, connecting the way we capture images in the way we see the world. He explained that each image we make can create stories and elicit responses. The participants then proceeded to create images depicting peace, harmony and love using their camera. They later edited these photographs to create their own peace videos.

Reinvigorated by the media workshops and discussions, the campers again planned their peace activities for the schoolyear ahead. They planned to organize exhibits, film viewings, art contests and other activities to rally their schoolmates to become heroes for peace.

In an evaluation after the event, they promised to continue to show respect and cooperate with others, even those from other religions, to demonstrate that people can build a nation together. As Rhegynna realized during the workshop, many other students shared the same conviction that any small contribution to peace can make a big difference. Everyone can be a hero for peace, one just needs to be open to work with all, with no exception, and respect differences to achieve one main goal: Build one nation in peace!

CFA is now preparing the output from this workshop and from the 2012 Peace Camp to be put together in a traveling exhibit and a final video documentary. These will make the round of schools and other institutions nationwide during the last quarter of 2013.