The Philippine Daily Inquirer, a leading newspaper in the Philippines, recently featured on its News section CFA’s “Pagdiriwang Missalette”. Pagdiriwang Missalette is our new Sunday Liturgy Guide, focused on the Church of the Poor, the Basic Ecclesial Communities and the Challenge of the New Evangelization. Starting February of this year, it is being posted weekly online and available in English and Cebuano versions. On the article, CBCP said “Mass readings need not be printed on paper these days. Thanks to the [CFA], online missalettes have been available since last month.” (Click here to view the complete CBCP online article about Pagdiriwang.)
The entire CFA community thanks CBCP and Philippine Daily Inquirer for featuring Pagdiriwang.
The Inquirer article can be downloaded here.
In order to provide better services for its subscribers, CFA has launched a short online survey on How Students Use their Tablets in Schools. This is in line with CFA’s introduction of digital versions of its printed magazines this coming 2014-2015 school year.
Click on this link to connect to the online survey: bit.ly/tabsurveycfa. It will only take 1-2 mins. CFA thanks you for helping us make our magazines better.
Three days a week, for about an hour each time, four young Artists from CFA’s Publications Department meet, with the aim of moving up from the static magazine illustrations they have been accustomed to, and migrating to the world of moving and talking images—animation.
CFA has long wanted to produce animated shorts and features, partly because, as one Management official said, “animation and young people invariably go together, and young people make up our primary target audience.” CFA also has a large treasure trove of comics stories and illustrations created over so many years—waiting to be translated to another medium.
Several years ago, CFA produced several episodes of “Gospel Komiks—The TV Series,” an attempt to combine animated stories from its printed Gospel Komiks, with live discussions of the Gospel by selected high school students. Because of limited production time and resources, the animation was limited to camera movements like pans and zooms.
This time, using the same software that commercial animators use, the four CFA Artists—Boogie Policarpio, Nikki Paje, Rhichie Pinpin and Bong Cafe–hope, by year’s end, to come up with something better–the first CFA animated short. “And from there,” the CFA official said, “it’s only a few steps away from games and apps, which CFA is also very much interested in doing.” But that’s another story.
Volunteerism is the first step to becoming an engaged citizen. It is an essential part of society which enables it to function effectively. Presently, one best example of this is the magnitude of volunteer work extended to the Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas. It motivates and inspires others to participate and do the same. The possibilities for civic engagement is limitless. Helping one’s needy fellowmen improves, strengthens and unifies society.
Based on a survey conducted by the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) for the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), there was only a small turnout of youth volunteers in the 2013 elections. There is presently an awareness deficiency that needs to be addressed. To reinforce and maintain a constant level of awareness of volunteerism, especially among the youth, the CFA, in partnership with PPCRV launches another project called “NASA V-ZONE KA NA BA?” (“Are You in the V-Zone Yet?”). It features the CHAMPS 2: Our Light Shall Rise and Libreng Concert Para sa Kabataang Bida (A Free Engagement Party for the Filipino Youth).
As PPCRV’s chairperson Ambassador Henrietta de Villa put it, “The CHAMPs – Jessa, Lexa, Cyberoid, Nemesis, Mang Bok against Ratdago, the tradpol – were successful in putting the corrupt politician behind bars and through unyielding voters’ education on responsible voting helped to get a young candidate Roger Pili elected. The CHAMPs determined to push good governance into the consciousness and involvement of the citizens now move forward responsible citizenship through their Follow Your Vote campaign. But alas, new problems arise in Pook Digawa… Abangan!”
The Libreng Concert Para sa Kabataang Bida is to be held on March 7, 2014 starting at 6:00 PM at CFA, with guests Moonstar88, Jett Pangan and Paolo Santos. One of its highlights would be the awarding ceremony of the winners of the MTV Songwriting Competition. The competition drew original songs for the youth by the youth. CFA has always looked at young people as BIDAs:
B – believes in holiness and heroism;
I – instrumental to change;
D – develops one’s greatness for the common good; and
A – advocates kindness and good deeds.
The one-night activity is also an opportunity for our young people to discover and find areas of interests to commit their time and talents, and for different advocacy groups to present their cause and enlist commitments. The participating advocacy groups are Youth for Sustainable Development Assembly (YSDA), Philippine Red Cross, Youth Pinoy, Hands On Manila, U! Happy Events, Educational Research Development Assistance Foundation (ERDA) and the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA). All this happens in an evening of fun and wholesome entertainment! “NASA V-ZONE KA NA BA?” encourages today’s youth to espouse volunteerism and service, become engaged citizens and participate more actively in the community.