Docufest  to promote cultural connection of young Filipinos to the homeland By Erin Mitchel J. Abadilla

Ceremonial Turnover  L-R Jay Taruc , Sandra Aguinaldo, Kara David, Jocelyn Sollano (TPS Principal ), Leticia Maniaul  (TPS Managing Directress) ,   Dina De Torres (TPS Finance Head) and Howie Severino Photo by Jeremiah Adrian D. Cerdon

Ceremonial Turnover
L-R Jay Taruc , Sandra Aguinaldo, Kara David, Jocelyn Sollano (TPS Principal ), Leticia Maniaul (TPS Managing Directress) ,Dina De Torres (TPS Finance Head) and Howie Severino Photo by Jeremiah Adrian D. Cerdon

          The i–Witness hosts had donated 30 DVDs of film documentaries to TPS , and they effected video workshops on October 8, 2015. Both actions aim to keep the students as Filipinos, as they become global citizens.

       Howie Severino, the Vice President of GMA News and Public Affairs Professional Development, related that the i-Witness and The Philippine School are united in one mission to keep young Filipinos connected to the homeland.

      He further thanked the parents, faculty, administrators, and also for the students who continue their interests in the Filipino culture and in the country. “I hope that the students appreciate what your school and your parents are doing for you,” the news anchor said.

        Mr. Richard Zulueta, the Assistant Principal of TPS, said that he accepts the relationship with the i-Witness team with deep gratitude. After the welcome program and the ceremonial turn-over of the media library to TPS, video workshops for the students were ensued by the multi-awarded broadcast journalists.

News-to –go host Howie Severino  discusses  the “ Roles of Social Media and Citizen Journalism”  to TPS students.

News-to –go host Howie Severino discusses the “ Roles of Social Media and Citizen Journalism” to TPS students.

Howie discusses the ‘Roles of Social Media and Citizen Journalism’

         We go to places where most people don’t go. We find stories that most people wouldn’t imagine existed, and share these stories to the public and get the public to think and reflect about their own situations. ”

   Howie Severino , after expressing this, dubbed TPSians as ‘empowered’ group , because children and teenagers in TPS are able to experience the advantages that life can offer, unlike most of the children featured in his documentaries. He also commented that TPSians are lucky to have the life that most children in the Philippines don’t have. He directed to TPS students to know how to use their advantages wisely. “Are you going to be part of the typical selfie generation? Or are you going to turn your camera to the world? To strangers? To interesting things?” interrogated by Mr. Howie.

               “You know, I’m surprised at how many people’s Facebook accounts just have themselves in the photos, or their shoes, or what they eat, or maybe their dog, and their clothes. You know the trending hashtag OOTD? ” he indirectly solicited. He said that he had nothing against people taking selfies; however, every human being should see beyond himself. He also quoted that people should also think of others in the community because they are part of it, and they just can’t think only of themselves. “Someday in your life, you have to choose your career. Are you going to choose something that will only serve your own interest or are you going to choose something that will serve the public?” he cited. Mr. Severino asserted that any career can turn into service as long as the person having that career has the right qualities, most especially – empathy and gratitude.

Kara David on Compassionate Reporting

By Martin G. Marquez, Gabriel Ian B. Maddara ,Marielle Lois P. Garcia

Filipino Language teacher  Jessie De Guzman (2nd from left) conjoins a ‘Kapuso’ half– heart sign with Kara David (3rd from left.) In the picture, Ms. Madonna Timbang (extreme left)  and Ms. Marites Rodriguez ( extreme right)

Filipino Language teacher Jessie De Guzman (2nd from left) conjoins a ‘Kapuso’ half– heart sign with Kara David (3rd from left.) In the picture, Ms. Madonna Timbang (extreme left) and Ms. Marites Rodriguez ( extreme right)

      Kara David urged ‘Compassionate Reporting’. “Malasakit is para kang nasasaktan or capability to feel the pain of others. Spread the virus of malasakit,” Kara introduced.

         She even said that journalists give a new pair of eyes to see the world. Comparatively, journalists can use the power of media in bridging a gap; metaphorically stated as tulay ng mga di naaabot; mikropono ng mga walang tinig; salamin ng mga di napapansin. Grade 10 student Glenn Refareal asked, ‘Why do you prefer to feature those stories?” “Lahat ng tao gumagawa ng tourism stories, walang gumagawa ng minority stories,” Kara responded. The host added that they also deserve our attention. “Konti lang ang reporters na marunong umakyat ng bundok. I might as well use my gift to reach out to others, ” she elaborated.

         The Associate Editor of TPS Insights Martin Marquez requested, “Would you have any tips for the future aspiring journalists?” David addressed, “First is mag-aral kayo, huwag tumigil sa pag-aaral. Second, mahalin ang bansa. Third is an open mind and open heart. Fourth, you are not the story, you are just the story teller.”

         Grade 10 student Joshelle Aguinaldo popped the question, “Is there any documentary that opened your eyes?” The reporter responded, “We went to a medical mission in Mindanao and we were left by the Americans, who took part in the medical mission. I was so afraid because at any moment terrorists might appear and we were in the ambush site. I then realized that the whole community didn’t sleep just to guard us while we were sleeping in the bahay kubo.”

Jay Taruc shows Paranormal Documentaries

By Jahnea Denise B. Bermejo and Andrea Mae M. Teaño

Jay Taruc, a Silver Medal Awardee at the New York Film Festival, (LAPNOS) talks about ‘Immersive Journalism.’

Jay Taruc, a Silver Medal Awardee at the New York Film Festival, (LAPNOS) talks about ‘Immersive Journalism.’

            Jay Taruc informed that most of the documentaries that they do, contain paranormal activities which happen in historical places such as the ‘Laperal house’ in Baguio City, Philippines. It is associated with a regular objective that they do these kinds of documentaries to inform the citizens of the country about the reoccurring activities in a historical place.

        A video entitled ‘No. 14 Laperal’ was shown. Jay Taruc mentioned that he and his team specialized in debunking ghost stories. After the video, more students were left spooked. Jay Taruc claimed to have done stories that deal with the paranormal, and they gather information on the stories’ different aspects such as the stories’ connected to the Philippine history and their significance to the Philippine culture.

Jay Taruc’s stand on accusations of faking stories

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         Taruc explained further that when you’re in this line of purposeful medium , you would experience being accused of faking stories and scripting the documentaries, to which he said, “We are not in the business of faking our stories.”

Sandra Aguinaldo trains students on the Basics of Documentary Writing

By Lian Marienne P. Garcia,Simond Lars G. Lenon, and Frances M. Mercado

Sandra Aguinaldo,  the Senior News Producer of I-witness,  lectures  on the ‘Basics of Documentary Writing.’

Sandra Aguinaldo, the Senior News Producer of I-witness,
lectures on the ‘Basics of Documentary Writing.’

      Sandra Aguinaldo initially presented one of her documentaries that was aired in the national television last April 18, 2015. This was entitled, “Kubling Yaman ng Cama Juan: Ang Pagtatapos.”

       This was a sequel to the 2011 documentary of the same name. The first film presented revolved around students of ‘Barangay Cama Juan’ , and their struggle to stay in school due to financial problems. The sequel showcased the events that had happened and their life changes after four years since the first documentary. Soon after the video had been presented, Sandra proceeded to substantiate lessons about “Documentary Writing” to the students of Grade 9 .

   The symposium commenced with Ms. Aguinaldo pinpointing the crucial factors where she, herself, and the whole crew consider when they brainstorm for new potential documentaries.

With all the various circumstances to evaluate, “It’s quite a challenge,” she remarked.

         According to her, to produce an effective story for a documentary, it should be a story worth-telling and it must be rich in videos; as it will be shown on T.V. She added, to find stories worth telling, she encouraged the students to be aware of what is happening around ; to be curious and to ask questions; to stay updated in current events ; to nurture love for reading; to get all sides of the story ; and lastly to always consider your video. She advised to find ways to show something to the viewers such as sketches and re-enactments, if there is no footage available.

       “What traits should a great writer or documentarist possess?” asked by Jeric Tribiana. Sandra responded in vernacular, “Siguro sabihin na natin na magaling kang listener and storyteller at the same time. I always say, magaling na listener kasi kinukwento lang naman namin ang kwento ng ibang tao, diba? So, kailangan pakinggan naming mabuti yung kwento ng buhay nila. Mahalaga yung empathy. Yung nararamdaman mo rin yung nararamdaman nila. Kailangan magspend din kami ng oras with them. One time oh, yung labandera, ang dami talaga niyang nilalabhan, kaya naglaba din ako. Huwag yung kunwari naglaba ka lang sa una tapos pag wala na yung camera, di ka na maglalaba. Para sa ‘kin, out of self-respect yun. Ayoko naman yung ‘just doing it for the camera.”

       “Kailangan magaling kang listener pero magaling ka ring storyteller. If you want to be a good documentarist, i-practice niyo yung writing skills niyo. Kasi, kung minsan, kahit ang ganda ganda ng subject niyo, ang ganda ganda nung mga sinasabi nung mga ininterview niyo, but you were not able to present it in a clear way, na yung pagkaweave nung story ay hindi maganda yung flow. Then, magfafail lang diba? Hindi rin siya magcocome- out as effectively as you want.”

i-Witness Hosts in TPS : First time altogether for Docufest Overseas

i-Witness Hosts in TPS : First time altogether for Docufest Overseas


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