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Two students from Saint Vincent School, Quirino create their own rendition of “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin


In this month’s issue of the Gospel Komiks and Gospel K Magazine’s Rakrakang Papuri we challenged our readers to make their own cover of the song “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin.GKM OCT-NOV 2014-42 spot

Two grade 9 students namely Danna Jean dela Cruz Udan and Divine Joy Cordon Pili from Saint Vincent School, Maddela, Quirino accepted and uploaded their video on YouTube. You can watch their performance through the embedded YouTube video above.

We at CFA thanks Danna Jean and Divine Joy for their excellent rendition of the song.


Digital Version of CFA Magazines Coming Very Soon!


ebook versions for blog_fb_twitterStarting next school year, you can enjoy reading your CFA magazines on your tablets, smartphones and PCs. Initially, CFA publications for elementary and high school students will be available in digital versions. These are Gospel Komiks (English and Filipino), Gospel “K”, Gospel Now and Pambata. The digital versions will come in the most popular E-book formats: PDF, EPUB, MOBI (for Kindle) and EPP. Subscribers can choose between downloading the magazines from the Web, or receiving them on CDs. To subscribe, inquire from your friendly CFA Sales Associate, or contact sales@cfamedia.org.

To view a sample copy in PDF format (24Mb), click here.
To view a sample copy in EPP format, first click here to download and install the EPP reader (2Mb). Then click here to download the EPP file of the magazine (12Mb), which you can view with the EPP reader.

“Why Do Catholics Worship Statues?” and Other Tricky Questions


cath answers img for blog_fb_twitterDo you know how to answer that question? Try this one: “Why do Christians have three Gods?” And here’s another: “Why don’t Catholic priests marry?”

To help its readers handle “fast-curve balls from left field” like these, CFA will start a new series in the August-September issue of its Gospel K Magazine. The series is called “Catholic Answers to Non-Catholic Questions.” The first installment will deal with Scriptures and Tradition. To download the PDF file (1.7Mb), click here.

The series is part of CFA’s response to the Church’s call for a “rediscovery of the faith” when it launched the Year of Faith.

To reserve your copy of the full issue, contact CFA Sales: sales@cfamedia.org.

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 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.