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Crossing Elementary School gets a taste of CFA’s Advance Powerpoint Seminar

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Advance Powerpoint - Crossing Elementary School

June 21, some 25 teachers from Crossing Elementary School in Calamba City boosted their presentation skills when CFA’s Sean Herbert Siy came and talked about Advance Powerpoint. The teachers had basic knowledge of the program, but Siy raised the bar by demonstrating how to create hyperlinks and how to use animation in transition. Siy was assisted by Bernie Timbas and Ryan Flores, also of CFA’s Sales Department.

One of the teacher-participants said, “The facilitator explained every topic clearly with examples.” CFA will continue to conduct seminar-workshops that will make real its vision to empower the integral development of people through innovative learning processes.

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Digital Version of CFA Magazines Coming Very Soon!

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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.

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.