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CFA documents Papal Visit Philippines 2015

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The CBCP chose the Communication Foundation for Asia to be part of the Catholic Church’s Media Team in documenting the Papal visit to the Philippines. CFA was assigned to cover Pope Francis during his masses at Luneta and Tacloban and his apostolic visit in Palo, Leyte.

CFA was able to capture the Pope’s mass on Tacloban airport amid heavy Post picrains and strong winds. It was a humbling experience as the large crowd of more than half a million endured the weather and cold just to have a glimpse of the Pope. A large part of the crowd even waited for the pope as early as the day before. The scene was both inspiring and emotional as Pope Francis was able to comfort the survivors of typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in the Visayas. Pope Francis showed sympathy and provided words of comfort and encouragement to everyone during the mass. It brought the crowd to tears as they felt the true meaning of the Pope’s visit.

The faith of the survivors touched the emotions of the CFA documenting team. Some of them told their experiences in the aftermath of the calamities and how they strengthened their faith especially with the presence of Pope Francis.

All the footages of the Catholic Church’s Media Team will be compiled in a video special. It is expected to air on mainstream media about two weeks after the Pope’s visit. CFA will post updates on the exact show dates.

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The KAMADA 2014 On the Spot Cover Contest Winners

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1st Place Winner Christian Lemuel Ibong together with (starting from left) Dong-A Brand Manager, Ms. Roselle Rivera, Cartoonist Mr. Freely Abrigo, Mr. Noel De Leon, executive director of CFA and Mr. Jericho Natividad, Head of CFA Publications department.

CFA held its first on-the-spot design contest, dubbed KAMADA 2014, on October 3 in CFA’s Lagerwey Hall. The acronym stands for “KAbataang MAlikhain at DAlubhasa.”

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2nd Place Winner Angela D. Peralta

The contest, which brought in more than 125 high school students from 30 different schools, had for its theme “Living out the compassion of God by showing preferential option for the poor.” Crown Supply Corporation, local distributor of Dong-A and Faber-Castell art products, sponsored the event.

Twelve students made it to the list of finalists. They were: Jamia Mai Tolentino, St. Stephen’s High School; James Panaguiton, Marist School, Marikina; Shane Kaye B. Buscas, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Cainta; Adrian B. Baquiran, St. Louis College; Arren Jesther Ellazar, Nazareth School of National University; Sophia Villamayor, Immaculate Heart of Mary College, Quezon City; Esperanza Gabrielle Q. Villa and Joanna Marie R. Bechayda, Paco Catholic School; Amanda Anja Contreras, St. Paul College Pasig; Mia Antonia Ramos, Mater Carmeli School; and Maria Laetitia Mendoza and Alexandra Anne Brigino, St. Scholastica’s Academy, Marikina.

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3rd Place Winner Frances Robina To

The top awards went to Amiel Chua from Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu Parochial School (Dong-A’s Choice), Frances Robina To, Saint Jude Catholic School (3rd place), Angela D. Peralta, Siena College of Taytay (2nd place), and Christian Lemuel P. Ibongas, St. James Academy of Malabon City (1st place). The two top-winning works will be featured as covers of CFA’s Gospel K and Gospel Now magazines for December-January.

CFA and Crown Supply Corporation are planning a future second version.

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!

4Peace 1World Airs on TV Maria

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The video documentary 4Peace 1 World is to be aired by TV Maria on April 4 and 16, 2014, 9am and 8pm and on April 17, 2014 at 330pm. This is the fourth Peace Camp video to be shown by TV Maria, which aired the three previous peace documentaries, “Dear Peace”, “Peace Trip” and “Peacebook”.

As one united voice at the close of CFA’s 4th Peace Camp, 40 high school students chanted “Our Dream: One Nation in Peace!” The young peace advocates, representing two schools in Manila (Ramon Avanceña High School and Nazarene Catholic School) and two schools in Cotabato (Cotabato City National High School and RVM-Notre Dame College of Cotabato), urged people to work together in forming circles of peace that will create ripples of unity, cooperation and mutual understanding across religions, regional groups and economic status throughout the country. The scene captured in this video took place during the culminating activity of the six-day Peace Camp organized by the Communication Foundation for Asia in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

From May 28-June 2, 2012, the campers explored various media platforms to create peace messages that articulate their dreams of a country where citizens will be proud of their heritage and will strive for peace, equality and freedom.

The project was organized in cooperation with the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Inter-religious Dialogue and the Young Moro Professionals Network.

TV Maria airs its programs on Dream Satellite’s Channel 12, Sky Cable’s Channel 160, and Global Destiny’s Channel 91.

CFA Bags Six Catholic Mass Media Awards

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CFA staffers display their harvest of 2010 CMMA trophies

ON THE NIGHT of the Catholic Mass Media Awards rites in UST on October 13, guests were puzzled when the same people from one small group repeatedly went upstage to claim their awards.  The recipients belonged to a non-mainstream media organization called the Communication Foundation for Asia.

CFA’s haul that evening: six trophies.  It went home with two trophies for Hall-of-Fame induction: Gospel Komiks, three-time winner for Best Children’s Magazine, and www.cfamedia.org, the Best Website winner for three consecutive years from 2007-2009.  CFA also bagged this year’s trophies for Best Children’s Magazine (Baby Jesus), Best Youth Magazine (Gospel K Magazine) and Best Comics Story (Noel de Leon’s “My Favorite Christmas,” published in Pambata).  The last trophy, for Best Secular Music Album, went to “Mga Awit ng Mga Bagong Bida,” which is a unique collection of the ten best songs composed by students for the National Youth Songwriting Contest for Good Governance, a major CFA project in late 2009.

Like the Little-Engine-That-Could, CFA dares to use the media for a big cause: what the Church calls “integral human development.”

It has neither printing press nor radio/TV broadcast facilities that the industry giants do.  And yet for over the past 40 years, CFA has published various educational magazines and books, produced two full-length developmental movies (“Batingaw” and “Sugat sa Ugat”), several radio drama and TV series for values education and documentary videos.  Founded in 1968 by a Dutch MSC priest, CFA’s origins go way back to 1960 when its parent organization launched the publication of the Philippine edition of the Catholic Digest.

Nowadays, in lieu of commercial broadcasting, CFA makes use of social networking outlets like YouTube, Livestream and Facebook.  And year after year, with grants from various donors, this devcom pioneer, which is based in a brick building in Sta. Mesa, trains hundreds of Church and civil society members in the use of media for their missions and advocacies.

“We try to gain maximum mileage out of our limited staff and resources,” explains CFA executive director Terry Z. Hermano.  “We focus on what we consider three key development issues – poverty alleviation, environmental protection and citizenship education.  Our mantra is similar to that of the Little Engine, ‘We think we can.’”

It’s hard to argue with six CMMA trophies on a single outing.