Monthly Archives: November 2013

Social Media and the New Evangelization

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The book “Social Media and the New Evangelization” authored by Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC is available here at Communication Foundation for Asia. After many years of conducting workshops on social media all over the country and even in some Asian countries, Fr. Stephen has amassed a great deal of experience and know-how on the subject. He explains that the main mission of the book is “to help evangelizers develop social media fluency and show them how to refine, develop and nourish their creative abilities so that they will constantly reinvent themselves and offer new possibilities for the New Evangelization.”

Fr. Stephen’s book is full of original photos, illustrations, tips and insights, encouraging all to engage in social media: “Social media is a powerful way to proclaim God’s Word in an innovative, attractive fashion. You do not have to be a computer geek to do this. You only need to be fluent in social media – to be technologically and pedagogically proficient in the use of photosharing, videosharing, gaming, social networking, and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). And, of course, you must also pursue a deep, prayerful life, have insatiable passion for evangelization, and always strive for world-class professional excellence in your work.”

The book responds to the challenge posed by the Catholic Church to its members. Pope Benedict XVI, in his message for the 47th World Communication Day, stated that the “digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people, especially the young.” He stressed that social networks are “portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization. It is therefore an imperative that catechists and youth ministers engage in social media to become better evangelists and influencers of the young.”

For more information on the book, please contact the telephone numbers 713-2971 or 713-2981 to 85, locals 162 and 163, or email: sales@cfamedia.org or cfamagazines@gmail.com.

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Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang on Knowledge Channel!

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K-Likasan HeaderJust in! Knowledge Channel will air CFA produced environmental videos— Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang under their K-likasan Program starting next week on November 18, 2013.

Kalma Klima (Best Student projects on Climate Change) features many of the student projects that made it to the finals together with its top three winners. You can find out more about the Kalma Klima Winners by following this link. The video offers doable and sustainable projects that can help mitigate Climate Change. The video was hosted by teen actress and environment advocate, Bea Binene. On the other hand,Weather-Weather Lang: Lessons in Climate Change offers global perspectives on the issue, as well as explanations and analysis by leading Philippine experts and scientists involved in climate change adaptation. Both videos are made possible with the support of Foundation for the Philippine Environment.

Catch Kalma Klima and Weather-Weather Lang on these time slots:

Nov 18(Mon) – 10:00pm
Nov 20(Wed) – 9:20pm
Nov 21(Thu) – 10:00pm
Nov 23(Sat) – 9:40pm

Or log on to Knowldege Channel for their channel guide:

Awit ng Bagong Bida 2: Top Ten Entries Revealed!

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The top 10 entries for the Awit ng Bagong Bida 2 contest are finally revealed! Over the course of a month the judges have finally picked the top 10 entries among the 25 music video entries submitted. All entries are original compositions and music videos created by the Filipino youth from all over the country. Facebook and Twitter pages have been set up to feature the contestants creativity and passion for engaged citizenship and promotion of good governance through video and music, the youth’s most favored language of expression.

Congratulations to all the qualified entries who made it to the top 10! They are listed in no particular order.
Tara Na (Preview)
Engaged Citizen Slate (Preview)
Magandang Hantungan (Preview)
Tayo Na (Preview)
Awit ng Anghel (Preview)
Simple Ways (Preview)
Bangon Pilipino (Preview)
Tayo Ang Simula (Preview)
Bagong Kabanata (Preview)
I Am, We Are (Preview)

Online voting is now officially open. Click here to view and vote!

Forty percent (40%) of the final score given to the entries will be based from the online vote so be sure to vote the MTV that inspires you to become an engaged citizen and work for good governance.

The three highest overall scores will be named winners. The overall Champion will receive P 30,000 while the 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive P 20,000 and P 10,000 respectively.

Best of luck to the top 10!

Set Forth in Faith and Plant the Seeds of Faith!

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ceap-bidahan“Be the change you want to see in the world!”  The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) chose this line from Mahatma Gandhi as the theme for the 1st National BIDAHAN Youth Conference to encourage young Filipinos to bring hope to our country echoing the words of  Dr. Jose P. Rizal: “Ang kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan” (The youth is the hope of the Country).

The BIDAHAN Youth Conference was held last September 27-28, 2013 at the University of San Carlos – Downtown Campus, Cebu City.  More than 1,000 student leaders from all over the Philippines, including 41 students sponsored by the Communication Foundation for Asia, gathered to take part to learn from various activities and presentations.

The first day was filled with fun and enjoyment with songs and dances of praises, interesting talks, eye-opening situations, heart-touching social current events presentations all calling participants to become FINE Fellows (Filipino Innovators, Nation Builders and Earth Advocates) who will lead their own schools into development. Resource speakers included Mr. Edwin Salonga for Innovation, Sen. Bam Aquino for Nation-building, and Ms. Melissa Yeung for Earth Advocacy.

Based on the FINE Fellow model, a Catholic Youth who is an innovator, nation-builder and environment advocate will be able to build a nation which will stand firm on their faith. Pope Francis calls the youth to set forth in Faith, to be firm on their morals and be inspired by their kababayan saint, St. Pedro Calungsod, who, too, was a youth steadfast in protecting and faithfully living his Catholic Faith.

As FINE Fellow “initiators”, the youth can inspire their peers to make innovations that will awaken their sleeping eager-spirits. Because they are tech-savvy, they can use social media and other tools to connect with people to share their fresh ideas while remaining firm in their stand in promoting justice and harmony and build a nation sensitive to the social, political, and moral issues of the country. The youth can also easily respond to the call of protecting Mother Earth, advocating even a simple act to protect nature that will have lasting effect for future generations.

On the second day of the conference, Fr. Javy Alpasa, SJ facilitated an activity called “The Amazing gRace” which was based on the international game, Amazing Race. The participants were grouped into clusters for a special task assigned to them.  Each cluster was divided into two groups to facilitate movement and security.  Each group will take half-day turns, morning and afternoon, for two activities. One group first takes part in the race around USC called the ‘virtual tour’, and activities such as egg-hunting around the gymnasium to form series of words (eggs has letters on it), puzzles and challenges were all done within the campus. At the same time, the other group had a walking tour around various religious sites that greatly influenced the Catholic Filipino Faith such as the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Magellan’s Cross, the Parian Shrine (where the history of Cebu was shown from the arrival of Magellan to present), and the old Jesuit Villa just near the Parian. Activities and challenges were given to delegates such as arranging jumbled letters, memorizing a Hispanic prayer to Pedro Calungsod, and dancing the traditional prayer dance at the site of Magellan’s Cross, etc. After the groups finished one activity, they will exchanged tasks.

The Conference concluded with all the participants joining the procession of the images of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Cross and St. Pedro Calungsod from USC going to the Pilgrim Center (in front of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño) and a Eucharistic Celebration graced by his Excellency, Most Rev. Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Truly, it was memorable and fun to be a part of the conference and especially to be in Cebu. May this experience bring joy and inspiration to all and serve as a seed that will be planted and like the mustard seed, “though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches…” Mark 4:30

(Contributor:  Lamberto “LA” Arcilla II, Teacher, Chevalier School, Angeles City)