Tag Archives: Yolanda

CFA documents Papal Visit Philippines 2015


The CBCP chose the Communication Foundation for Asia to be part of the Catholic Church’s Media Team in documenting the Papal visit to the Philippines. CFA was assigned to cover Pope Francis during his masses at Luneta and Tacloban and his apostolic visit in Palo, Leyte.

CFA was able to capture the Pope’s mass on Tacloban airport amid heavy Post picrains and strong winds. It was a humbling experience as the large crowd of more than half a million endured the weather and cold just to have a glimpse of the Pope. A large part of the crowd even waited for the pope as early as the day before. The scene was both inspiring and emotional as Pope Francis was able to comfort the survivors of typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in the Visayas. Pope Francis showed sympathy and provided words of comfort and encouragement to everyone during the mass. It brought the crowd to tears as they felt the true meaning of the Pope’s visit.

The faith of the survivors touched the emotions of the CFA documenting team. Some of them told their experiences in the aftermath of the calamities and how they strengthened their faith especially with the presence of Pope Francis.

All the footages of the Catholic Church’s Media Team will be compiled in a video special. It is expected to air on mainstream media about two weeks after the Pope’s visit. CFA will post updates on the exact show dates.

MHCS Cebu help fishermen recover from Yolanda


1972381_10202852842135531_1177593489_nMusic can touch hearts, inspire minds – and as the young people of Cebu proved – give the local community another chance to rebuild their lives.


CFA’s Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno with Sisters of Mary Help of Christian School

Three bands from Cebu’s Mary Help of Christians School (MCHS) finished at the top ten of season two of CFA’s music competition “Awit Ng Mga Bagong Bida”. The song “Bagong Kabanata” catapulted the school to second place, which came with a cash prize.

Nevertheless, the young musicians took the volunteerism message of the competition beyond their music and decided to actually help the local fisherfolk of Cebu. They gave part of their prize money to the “Bangka Ng Pag-asa” project.

The havoc wreaked by supertyphoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) did not spare the fishing boats of many of Cebu’s fishermen, and practically, their source of income – as if the loss of lives and property was not enough.

With the school’s “Bangka ng Pag-asa” project, 14 motorboats were built from scratch in the MHCS school grounds. Their gradual construction in full view of the school was an inspiring symbol of the local youth’s unity to help.


CFA’s Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno and Medz Quilantang with Sisters and Students of Mary Help of Christian School

In fact, because of the Yolanda tragedy, the bands were not able to go to Manila to receive their awards during the March 7, 2014 finale. Instead, CFA went to Cebu last March 28 with the awards and the prize money.

While in the school, CFA’s Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno and Mela San Pedro also facilitated the forum on volunteerism titled “Kaya Natin: Kabataang Bida, Bayani, Banal”.

The selflessness of the youth of Cebu is an inspiring reminder that volunteerism still exists among our young people. If we believe in them, we will find that the youth still have it in them to initiate change. As one of the prizewinning songs says:

“Simulan mo na sa sarili ang malaking pagbabago
At sabay natin itong harapin, ‘di dapat ganito
Hindi pa huli ang lahat, mata’y ating idilat
Bagong kabanata, ay ating ibuklat.”

You can watch the music video for the song “Bagong Kabanata” by clickling here.

The Article is written by Juan Miguel Ala-Tolentino.