Monthly Archives: July 2014

Gospel Komiks: Sharing with Kuya Gie and Ate Kaye

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Gospel Komiks and Gospel K Magazine for High School has something new in store for its readers. Introducing Kuya Gie and Ate Kaye, your newest friends in GK. They are here to answer questions about things that boggle your mind like family issues, what to do about bullying, or how to deepen your relationship with Jesus. Just pick up a pen and paper, pour your hearts out, and send those words by emailing Kuya Gie and Ate Kaye at cfamagazines@gmail.com with the Subject: DEAR KUYA GIE AND ATE KAYE. You may use an alias but do give us your true age, town or city. 🙂

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Tell Your Story Through Images

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Fifteen priests, religious men and lay women boost their storytelling skills in the Photostories Workshop for Evangelization held last July 26, 2014 at the Communication Foundation for Asia. Facilitating the workshop were Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC and Ms. Bob Lopez from the CFA Training Department who have been training people in the use of social media for evangelization.

The facilitators taught them how to make more interesting visual story and use photos as tools for evangelization using online applications. Ms. Bob demonstrated how to create comic strips in toondooo.com and photobooks in pimpampum.net that can tell inspiring and engaging stories. Fr. Stephen showed them how to create avatars, images and toons using Inkscape, an open source software for creating scalable vector graphics. Through sample multimedia presentations, he also encouraged them to create visual stories that can entertain and educate their audience.
The session ended with participants creating their own photostories in various platforms that can be used to in spreading the Word of God.

The next episode of CFA’s Skillshare Series will be about Gaming for Evangelization tentatively set on September 27, 2014 (Saturday). It will be held here at Communication Foundation for Asia.

CFA in KATHA 2014 Launch

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60 Kindergarten teachers, 58 Math teachers and 20 Home-based educators gathered for the KATHA 2014 launch held on July 12, 2014 at Valenzuela National High School. The 10-day staggered schedule training-workshop was initiated by the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), Office of Cong. Magtanggol “Magi” Gunigundo and the Educational Resources on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism for All Teachers (ERMMAT) in cooperation with the Valenzuela Department of Education, University of the Philippines Family Life and Child Development group (UP FLCD) and UP Layap.

The plenary session started with the opening remarks from Dr. Willie Cabral, DepEd Superintendent Division of City Schools Valenzuela, followed by a keynote address given by Cong. Gunigundo. He talked about MTB-MLE provisions of the new K-12 Law (RA 10533).

Fr. Benjamin Alforque, MSC of CFA gave a talk on Integrating Values and Culture in Education, while Dr. Ricardo Ma. Nolasco, associate professor of the UP Diliman Department of Linguistics discussed What MTB-MLE is and What it is Not.

Parallel sessions began on the afternoon. The resource speakers were Ms. Micah del Mundo, Ms. Charla Santiago and Mr. Lester Lim of UP FLCD, and the math duo Ms. Pauline Mangulabnan of DLSU, Manila and Mr. Robert Contreras.

KATHA aims to continue and sustain the efforts of stakeholders in orienting, educating and preparing the teachers, school heads, parents and communities to support the new language-in-education policy of the government. The resource pool for Katha 2014 includes experts from CFA, UP Diliman, De La Salle University Manila, Colegio de San Agustin Manila, University of Sto. Tomas and Ateneo de Manila University.

On the Spot Cover Making Contest

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Great news for all artistic high school students out there. CFA, in cooperation with Dong-A and Faber Castell Philippines, will hold a contest series with the goal of imparting Gospel values and empowering creativity among the youth. Dubbed “KAMADA 2014” (Kabataang Malikhain at Dalubhasa), KAMADA will start with an on-the-spot cover design contest. High school students will be given a chance to design the covers of CFA magazines.

Gospel K Magazine also known as Gospel Komiks Magazine is meant for high school students as a supplemental reading material for Christian Living classes and religious instruction. Presenting the Sunday Gospel by way of true-to-life stories, Gospel K addresses young readers’ interests and their concerns about faith. On the other hand, Gospel Now Magazine caters to late-high school and early college readers, but most adults will find it appealing as well. It is intended to make the study of the Gospels “layman-friendly” reflected in its slogan – “Everyday Gospel for everyday people.”

KAMADA 2014 is a one day event on the spot cover making contest that will be held at CFA, 4427 Old Sta. Mesa St. Sta Mesa, Manila on October 3, 2014 (Friday). All high school students wanting to join the contest must register first on the website http://bit.ly/KAMADA2014. The first place and second place artworks will be the cover of Gospel K Magazine and Gospel Now Magazine respectively for the December-January issues. Cash prizes will also be given to the top three winners. All students joining the contest will get free drawing and art supplies courtesy of Dong-A and Faber Castell. To know more about the contest and its mechanics visit the contest website and registration form by clicking here. So what are you waiting for? Register Now!

CFA extends Paglinang 2014 to NFWCP

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The Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) extends Paglinang 2014 to National Federation of Women’s Clubs of the Philippines (NFWCP) in a staggered schedule on June 21 and 28, July 12, 19 and 26, 2014, which offers lectures and activities on Kindergarten and Early Years Curriculum.

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The Characteristics of Young Learners and The Importance of Play

The morning session of the first day focused on the Early Years and The Kindergarten Curriculum given by Dr. Zenaida Domingo, Communication Consultant of the Early Child Care and Development Center (ECCD). In the afternoon, Ms. Christina Mercurio, CFA’s Special Projects Team Leader talked about the Characteristics of Young Learners and the Importance of Play.

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Ms. Christina Mercurio on Developmentally Appropriate Practices

She also tackled the Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the morning session of Day 2. Highlighting the need to use our mother tongues as medium of instruction starting at the early years, was given by Dr. Ricardo Nolasco, associate professor of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Department of Linguistics in the afternoon session.

The training-workshop is being attended by 62 participants from different Preschools and Daycare centers of the NFWCP Teachers’ Club.

Tell Your Stories Through Photos

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The proliferation of visual technologies like cameras and online image editing tools has made storytelling more engaging. On July 26, 2014, the CFA Training Department will conduct a workshop on Photostories for Evangelization. It will be held from 9:00am to 5:00 pm at the Seminar Room of the Communication Foundation for Asia.

Visual storytelling and photosharing give people new ways to connect, collaborate and build community. Through this hands-on workshop, participants will be able to create visual stories using online comic-creating apps, share self-generated photobooks and photoalbums, and find, download and embed relevant photos.

Facilitating the workshop are Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC and Ms. Bob Lopez who have been conducting workshops on the use of social media for evangelization for bishops, priests, religious and lay leaders nationwide.

Here is a sample photobook that participants can create. To flip through the pages, click on the lower right portion of image.

To register, kindly follow this link: http://goo.gl/CUV4FW.

Photo Enthusiasts Capture Awesome Images

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Fourteen photo enthusiasts ranging from amateurs to professionals honed their photography skills in the Awesome Photo Workshop held in CFA last June 28, 2014. Guiding them was Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC, an award-winning graphic artist who infected them with his passion for photography and influenced them to take photos that capture not only the eyes but also the soul.

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A participant applies rules in framing.

Fr. Stephen tackled the basic rules in photography while relating them to life. Being a priest, he shared faith-based concepts and morals that inspired participants to take shots that deepened their spirituality. To further improve the shots, He also gave tips on photo enhancing and editing by using a free online photo-editing tool. The workshop ended with the participants producing professional looking photos and all were eager to practice their new photography skills.

The next episodes on the Skillshare Series by the CFA Training Department will be about Social Media and the New Evangelization. On July 26, 2014 (Saturday), it will be on Creating Photostories for Evangelization. It will be held here at Communication Foundation for Asia.