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2015 Catechetical Congress to Present Creative Learning Strategies



CFA’s Catechetical Congress and Workshop Seminar this year will be about “Creative Learning Strategies in Catechetics”.

The workshop will feature Sr. Paz Bandalan, FMA, who will focus on creativity applied in catechetics. Currently the department head of Auxilium Catechetical Center, Sr. Paz is also a retreat facilitator and trainor. CFA’s own Training and CRC Director Fr. Ben Alforque, MSC, will discuss “Catechesis: A response to the Call of the Church in the Year of the Poor.” Sean Herbert Siy, head of CFA’s Sales Department will teach advance PowerPoint production.

Held yearly in two batches, the first session starts April 12 and ends April 17, while the second batch is from May 10-15. Registration is now going on for both sessions. Registration fee includes lodging and meals for five days. Please click here to download the registration form.

Or contact CFA-CRC at 7132738 or 713-2981 to 85, locals 151 and 152. Or email: catechetics@cfamedia.org

CFA to Co-Host Dialog on Post-Pope Francis Visit


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To reap the pastoral, theological and spiritual fruits of the visit of Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) will host a dialogue and reflection with visiting Missionary of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Diarmuid O’Murchu on “Pope Francis, the Church of the Poor and the Consecrated Life in the Light of the Spirituality of the Heart.” The dialog will also feature three representatives from the poor sectors of peasants-farmers, urban poor-workers and the indigenous Filipinos, clergy, religious, lay and the ecumenical community.

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Co-sponsored by the Chevalier Family of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC), the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (FDNSC), the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSC) and the Chevalier Family Lay Associates (CFLA), this dialogue and reflection will take place on January 26-27, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Lagerwey Hall, Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), 4427 Old Sta. Mesa Road, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Highlights of the dialogue and reflection will be topics on Pope Francis and his thoughts on the Church for the Poor, the Philippine Catholic Church’s Year of the Poor, the Universal Church’s Year of Consecrated Life and the Spirituality of the Heart.

A registration fee of PhP 500 will be charged to cover snacks, meals and reference materials.

Three Nueva Ecija schools get CFA’s PowerPoint Training



The Communication Foundation for Asia continues its efforts in supporting its valued clients through the use of training. Last November 15, 2014, the CFA Sales Head, Sean Herbert Siy, conducted PowerPoint training to 17 teachers from Nueva Ecija. The teachers came from three different schools, Vincentian Catholic School in Zaragoza, San Agustin Diocesan Academy in Jaen and St. Paul of San Antonio. The teachers rated the CFA speaker and facilitators highly.

CFA well-cited as a partner of KATHA 2014 in Manila Standard and other newspapers


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Rep. Magtanggol “Magi” Gunigundo of the second district led the launch of KATHA 2014 in partnership with the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) and Educational Resources on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism for all Teachers (ERMMAT) at the Valenzuela National High School.

Read the full write up on http://bit.ly/1kBUG3A.

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Tell Your Stories Through Photos



The proliferation of visual technologies like cameras and online image editing tools has made storytelling more engaging. On July 26, 2014, the CFA Training Department will conduct a workshop on Photostories for Evangelization. It will be held from 9:00am to 5:00 pm at the Seminar Room of the Communication Foundation for Asia.

Visual storytelling and photosharing give people new ways to connect, collaborate and build community. Through this hands-on workshop, participants will be able to create visual stories using online comic-creating apps, share self-generated photobooks and photoalbums, and find, download and embed relevant photos.

Facilitating the workshop are Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC and Ms. Bob Lopez who have been conducting workshops on the use of social media for evangelization for bishops, priests, religious and lay leaders nationwide.

Here is a sample photobook that participants can create. To flip through the pages, click on the lower right portion of image.

To register, kindly follow this link: http://goo.gl/CUV4FW.

Photo Enthusiasts Capture Awesome Images



Fourteen photo enthusiasts ranging from amateurs to professionals honed their photography skills in the Awesome Photo Workshop held in CFA last June 28, 2014. Guiding them was Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC, an award-winning graphic artist who infected them with his passion for photography and influenced them to take photos that capture not only the eyes but also the soul.

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A participant applies rules in framing.

Fr. Stephen tackled the basic rules in photography while relating them to life. Being a priest, he shared faith-based concepts and morals that inspired participants to take shots that deepened their spirituality. To further improve the shots, He also gave tips on photo enhancing and editing by using a free online photo-editing tool. The workshop ended with the participants producing professional looking photos and all were eager to practice their new photography skills.

The next episodes on the Skillshare Series by the CFA Training Department will be about Social Media and the New Evangelization. On July 26, 2014 (Saturday), it will be on Creating Photostories for Evangelization. It will be held here at Communication Foundation for Asia.

Learn to Take Awesome Photos



We all love taking photos. Photos not only allow us to record memories, feelings and ideas but also to tell visual stories. The process of making photos, and the photos themselves, bring revelations about who we are, about the world we live in, and about God.

For its second Skillshare Series offering, CFA Training Department will conduct the Awesome Photo Workshop, designed for people wishing to explore faith and spirituality through photography.

The workshop will be a process of discovery and enrichment. Participants will learn the basics of photography and image editing in order for them to create evocative and meaningful pictures. Shooting and editing photos as well as group discussions during the Workshop will redefine the way you look at some aspects of life.

Facilitating the whole-day seminar is Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC. His photographs are the expression of his passion for life and commitment to God. His eye has developed through years of exploring faith and spirituality through photography. Many of his photos are showcased at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephencuyos.

The Workshop is scheduled on June 28, 2014, Saturday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the CFA Seminar Room in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Seminar fee per participant is PHP 1,500, which includes meals and materials. To fully take advantage of the workshop, please bring your own digital camera and laptop for the hands-on exercises.

For reservations, please follow this link: http://goo.gl/R2Kce9.

Creating Awesome Presentations is Awesome!


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Last May 16, 2014 CFA Training held the workshop Creating Awesome Presentations (C.A.P.) here at Communication Foundation for Asia. It is the first of the Skillshare Media Workshop Series which is a monthly workshop on various media skills for educators, catechists, trainers and students.

The head facilitator Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC taught the participants how to create clear, effective and captivating multimedia presentations. The new techniques in adding images and text revolutionized how presentations can be created. One of the participants said that the highlight of the activity was when, “Learning how to use the tools to make my presentations more effective. As Fr. Stephen mentioned, it’s not as difficult as it seems.” Participants can’t wait to show and present their improved presentations using new techniques.

The next session of the Skillshare session will be the Awesome Photography. Fr. Stephen will teach the basics of photography and editing. It will be held on June 28, 2014. For reservations, please follow this link: http//goo.gl/R2Kce9

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.

“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.