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CFA Brings “Gospel Storytelling” to Tabuk


tabuk foto for blog_fb_n_twitterA CFA team, headed by Publications head Jericho Natividad and Sales head Sean Siy, conducted a one-day course on “Gospel Storytelling” on April 9 at the request of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk (Kalinga).  Discussed during the course were Bible History, Basics of Bible Interpretation, and Using Comics for Gospel-Sharing. 

Among those in the photo are CFA’s Jerry Natividad (extreme left), Fr. Manuel Valencia (second from left), Fr. Sean Mejia (AVT Schools Superintendent, second from right), and Sis. Fely Pedro (AVT Schools Religion Supervisor, fourth from right).  Bernie Timbas and Laurence de la Cruz of CFA Sales are also in the picture.


CFA MTV Contest: Create a Song! Create an MTV Video! Win Prizes!



Communication Foundation for Asia launches the Promote Good Governance! Be an Engaged Citizen! MTV Contest. Create a Song! Create an MTV Video! Win Prizes!

This contest is open to all 15-25-year-old Filipino amateur songwriters and MTV makers. Contestants must be within the age range at the time of submission of their entries. They must not have previously produced a song or MTV that has been released commercially (for sale) by a recording company.

Contestants must submit their entries on or before September 15, 2013.

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

Down Syndrome Doesn’t Keep Girl From Excelling


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What are the chances of an ordinary teenager to represent the Asia-Pacific region in an international event like the World Winter Games? One in a million?

What are the chances of a youngster with Down Syndrome to accomplish that feat? Make that one-in-a-million multiplied many times over.

And yet, 16-year-old Brina Maxino, a senior high-schooler from Parañaque’s Holy Francis School, can in fact claim that she did. Brina is the first Filipina (and the first teenager with Down Syndrome) to represent the Asia-Pacific region as Youth Ambassador to the Global Youth Activation Summit (GYAS) held during the Special Olympics 2013 World Winter Games last January in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Brina’s story—and how she hurdled the obstacles she faced—will be featured in the June-July 2013 issue of Gospel “K” Magazine. Find out from sales@cfamedia.org how you may reserve a copy.

CFA Joins Pre-Election Youth Congress


kk1 for blog_n_fbThe Communication Foundation for Asia joined a 2,000-strong army of young election workers in “Kilos Kabataan,” held March 8 in Pasig Catholic College.  Mostly high school students from the National Capital Region, the students gained an introduction on how to help safeguard the coming mid-term poll.

Also known as CHAMP 2013, Kilos Kabataan was conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as part of its voters education program.  The presence of DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes during the event highlighted the importance of youth engagement in bringing about what PPCRV calls “clean, honest, accountable, meaningful and peaceful” election.

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Young people interested in volunteering for PPCRV work may contact their Website: www.ppcrv.org.

CFA Bags Six Catholic Mass Media Awards


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.