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4Peace 1World Airs on TV Maria


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.

Set Forth in Faith and Plant the Seeds of Faith!


ceap-bidahan“Be the change you want to see in the world!”  The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) chose this line from Mahatma Gandhi as the theme for the 1st National BIDAHAN Youth Conference to encourage young Filipinos to bring hope to our country echoing the words of  Dr. Jose P. Rizal: “Ang kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan” (The youth is the hope of the Country).

The BIDAHAN Youth Conference was held last September 27-28, 2013 at the University of San Carlos – Downtown Campus, Cebu City.  More than 1,000 student leaders from all over the Philippines, including 41 students sponsored by the Communication Foundation for Asia, gathered to take part to learn from various activities and presentations.

The first day was filled with fun and enjoyment with songs and dances of praises, interesting talks, eye-opening situations, heart-touching social current events presentations all calling participants to become FINE Fellows (Filipino Innovators, Nation Builders and Earth Advocates) who will lead their own schools into development. Resource speakers included Mr. Edwin Salonga for Innovation, Sen. Bam Aquino for Nation-building, and Ms. Melissa Yeung for Earth Advocacy.

Based on the FINE Fellow model, a Catholic Youth who is an innovator, nation-builder and environment advocate will be able to build a nation which will stand firm on their faith. Pope Francis calls the youth to set forth in Faith, to be firm on their morals and be inspired by their kababayan saint, St. Pedro Calungsod, who, too, was a youth steadfast in protecting and faithfully living his Catholic Faith.

As FINE Fellow “initiators”, the youth can inspire their peers to make innovations that will awaken their sleeping eager-spirits. Because they are tech-savvy, they can use social media and other tools to connect with people to share their fresh ideas while remaining firm in their stand in promoting justice and harmony and build a nation sensitive to the social, political, and moral issues of the country. The youth can also easily respond to the call of protecting Mother Earth, advocating even a simple act to protect nature that will have lasting effect for future generations.

On the second day of the conference, Fr. Javy Alpasa, SJ facilitated an activity called “The Amazing gRace” which was based on the international game, Amazing Race. The participants were grouped into clusters for a special task assigned to them.  Each cluster was divided into two groups to facilitate movement and security.  Each group will take half-day turns, morning and afternoon, for two activities. One group first takes part in the race around USC called the ‘virtual tour’, and activities such as egg-hunting around the gymnasium to form series of words (eggs has letters on it), puzzles and challenges were all done within the campus. At the same time, the other group had a walking tour around various religious sites that greatly influenced the Catholic Filipino Faith such as the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Magellan’s Cross, the Parian Shrine (where the history of Cebu was shown from the arrival of Magellan to present), and the old Jesuit Villa just near the Parian. Activities and challenges were given to delegates such as arranging jumbled letters, memorizing a Hispanic prayer to Pedro Calungsod, and dancing the traditional prayer dance at the site of Magellan’s Cross, etc. After the groups finished one activity, they will exchanged tasks.

The Conference concluded with all the participants joining the procession of the images of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Cross and St. Pedro Calungsod from USC going to the Pilgrim Center (in front of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño) and a Eucharistic Celebration graced by his Excellency, Most Rev. Jose Palma, Archbishop of Cebu and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Truly, it was memorable and fun to be a part of the conference and especially to be in Cebu. May this experience bring joy and inspiration to all and serve as a seed that will be planted and like the mustard seed, “though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches…” Mark 4:30

(Contributor:  Lamberto “LA” Arcilla II, Teacher, Chevalier School, Angeles City)

“I Can Be a Hero”


rhegweb“A simple advocacy of yours will change you and mold you to become a better person, better leader and better citizen of this country. And if you are really determined, your advocacy can change and affect other people’s lives and it will surely last a lifetime. It could make you a hero that will change the world.”

These were the words of a 15-year old Muslim student, Rhegynna Mustapha, from Notre Dame-RVM College of Cotabato, when asked what she had gained from the Peace Camp follow-up workshop organized by the Communication Foundation for Asia on May 8-9, 2013. The event provided the follow-up and reaffirmation of the advocacy commitment of 39 high school students from Metro Manila and Cotabato City, forged the previous year, during the May 2012 Peace Camp.

CFA conducted the workshop with the view that young people need to have modern-day heroes not only among the leaders in various fields of society, but also heroes from their own ranks. The strategy therefore was to create opportunities for young people to learn about nationalism, solidarity, unity and cooperation alongside peers from other regions and religions.

The May 2013 follow-up workshop reunited the Christian, Muslim and Lumad participants of the CFA Peace Camp the previous year, rekindling friendships and reinvigorating their advocacy for peace. The two-day workshop focused on the use of art, photography and video to create messages of peace. Peace and environment advocate and artist A.G. Saño told his personal story on how he uses art for his advocacy work on environmental protection and peace. He presented images of his murals across the country, encouraging fellow Filipinos to spread images of sea creatures and of Filipinos working hand-in-hand for peace. He encouraged the participants to use their creativity through a collage-making activity to portray their own message of peace.

Following that creative session was another image creation workshop in photography and video-making, facilitated by CFA’s Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC. Fr. Stephen used basic rules in photography to explain harmony, unity and cooperation in daily living, connecting the way we capture images in the way we see the world. He explained that each image we make can create stories and elicit responses. The participants then proceeded to create images depicting peace, harmony and love using their camera. They later edited these photographs to create their own peace videos.

Reinvigorated by the media workshops and discussions, the campers again planned their peace activities for the schoolyear ahead. They planned to organize exhibits, film viewings, art contests and other activities to rally their schoolmates to become heroes for peace.

In an evaluation after the event, they promised to continue to show respect and cooperate with others, even those from other religions, to demonstrate that people can build a nation together. As Rhegynna realized during the workshop, many other students shared the same conviction that any small contribution to peace can make a big difference. Everyone can be a hero for peace, one just needs to be open to work with all, with no exception, and respect differences to achieve one main goal: Build one nation in peace!

CFA is now preparing the output from this workshop and from the 2012 Peace Camp to be put together in a traveling exhibit and a final video documentary. These will make the round of schools and other institutions nationwide during the last quarter of 2013.

Komiks Creation/Appreciation Course Set 25-26 April


ImageDesigned for comics writers, illustrators and Christian Living teachers who use comics in their classrooms, a workshop/seminar titled “The Gospel According to Komiks” is to be held in CFA on 25-26 April 2013.

The following list describes some of the topics to be covered in the course:
– Theory of comics and sequential art
– Effective storytelling
– Traditional and Marvel methods of comics creation
– Styles of comics illustration (including realistic, manga, comics noir and 3D)
– Basic Bible interpretation
– Use of comics for Gospel-sharing
– Evolution of comics publishing (from print to Web to apps)
Multi-awarded storywriter and filmmaker Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo Jr. will lead the discussion on effective storytelling.

Please click here to download the registration form.

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