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[SPEECH] Ilang katotohanan ukol sa katotohanan

Sa ating mga pinagpipitagang panauhin ngayong araw: panauhing pandangal na si Binibining Likha Cuevas, sa lupon ng mga direktor ng Kolehiyo ng Komunikasyong Pangkaunlaran, kabilang ang ating Dekano at ang aking gurong tagapayo na si Dr. Ma. Stella Tirol, kalihim na si Dr. Liza Cabrera, mga tagapangulo ng mga departamento na sina Dr. Elaine Llarena, Dr. Trina Leah Mendoza, AProf. Aletheia Araneta, at AProf. Romel Daya, mga magulang, kapamilya, kaibigan, at sa aking mga kapwa bagong nagsipagtapos, isang mapagpalayang araw sa inyong lahat. 

Cincuenta y cuatro o fifty four pesos ang personal poverty threshold sa ating bansa noong taong 2018 nang ako’y pumasok sa Kolehiyo ng Komunikasyong Pangkaunlaran. Ibig sabihin, upang makapamuhay ang isang tao at matustusan man lamang ang kanyang iba’t ibang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan noong taong iyon, kailangan niyang kumita araw-araw ng fifty four pesos.

Kaya naman upang lubusan naming maintindihan ang konseptong ito, naging hamon sa amin noon ng aming mga propesor na subukang gumastos lamang ng fifty four pesos sa isang araw. Kasama na roon ang gastos namin sa pagkain, tubig, kuryente, pamasahe, internet, at mga pangangailangan sa pag-aaral. Kumunot ang noo ko noong marinig iyon. Kailangan ko kasing kumuha ng kopya ng aming babasahin sa ARTS 1, pero anong uunahin ko? Readings o pagkain? 

Noong araw na iyon, pinili ko ang pagkain. Nabusog ako pansamantala at lumipas ang isang maghapon. Ngunit saglit lang bago tuluyang naubos ang fifty four pesos ko, at sa huli, gutom at panibagong perspektibo lamang ang inabot ko.

Doon ko naalala at naitanong sa sarili kung paano nga ba napagkakasya ni Mama ang labing isang libong pisong sweldo ni Papa sa isang buwan noong bata pa ako. Kaya naman base sa aking natutunan, nag-kwenta ako—para sa limang miyembro ng aming pamilya, seventy pesos lang pala ang nakalaan araw-araw. Kung babalewalain ang inflation, labing-anim na piso lamang ang diperensya’t masasabi ko na na nasa poverty line na kami.

Natutunan ko noon, sa unang pagkakataon, ang ilan sa mga pinakamahahalagang aral na natutunan ko sa pamantasan. 

Una, maaaring mabuhay ang isang tao base sa mga katotohanang pinili niya para sa kanyang sarili. 

Bilang isang walang muwang na paslit, hindi ko nabatid ang nararanasan naming hirap noon, o maari’y pinipili ko lamang talagang isipin na hindi kami ‘mahirap’. 

Sa UP ko lamang natutunan na hindi ko dapat itanggi na lumaki ako sa isang squatter area sa may Parola, lagpas lamang sa tulay ng Delpan, at minsan rin ay sa ilalim ng isang tulay sa Taytay, Rizal. 

Sa UP ko lamang natutunan na kailangan kong harapin ang mga katotohanang ito tungkol sa aking sarili at sa lipunang aking ginagalawan—hindi man kaparis ng ginintuang parang ang tunay na mundo. 

Naging marahas ang pamantasan dahil hindi ako binigo nitong ipakilala sa katotohanan. Maliit lamang na katotohanan ang fifty four pesos na poverty threshold noong 2018. Dahil mas malaki ang katotohanang tila kibit-balikat lamang nating naaatim ang dagok nito sa ating kapwa Pilipino—sa ating mga magsasaka, katutubo, estudyante, frontliners at iba’t iba pang miyembro ng mga marhinalisadong sektor. 

Kaakibat nito ay ang ikalawang aral. Sa kolehiyo ko natutunan na ang katotohanan ay walang pakundangan—na ang katotohanan ay hindi marunong mag-alinlangan, mag-atubili. Mga katotohanang nakasulat nang pula sa mga placards at paulit-ulit na isinisigaw ng mga aktibista’t estudyante ng UP. Mga katotohanang naiintindihan at naisasapuso, mga katotohanang maingay at hindi mananahimik. 

Sa malalim na pagteteorya ng devcom ko rin unang nabatid na hindi lamang tumitigil ang mga tao sa pagpili ng katotohanan na angkop para sa kanila. Dahil ngayon, danas na rin natin ang bunga nito, ang paglikha ng mga “katotohanan” upang makapaghari at upang manlamang ng kapwa.

Noong nakaraang eleksyon, nakita natin kung paanong pinaghaharian ng iba’t ibang bersyon ng katotohanan ang proseso ng demokratisasyon sa ating bayan—at kung paano ito naging kasangkapan upang pagtunggaliin ang magkakaibang dako ng masa.

Saksi tayo sa mga ‘katotohanang’ kaakit-akit at kasuklam-suklam, ‘katotohanang’ kawili-wili at kagulat-gulat, sa mga ‘katotohanang’ hindi kapani-paniwala at sa mga pagaagam-agam, sa pagtatanong, sa galit, sa inis, sa pagsuyo, sa paghangad, at sa paniniwala. 

Ngunit bilang mga iskolar sa larangan ng komunikasyong pangkaunlaran, ilang taon na nating kinikilala kung ano ba ang “katotohanan”. Hindi na estranghero para sa atin ang iba’t ibang mukha ng “kasinungalingan” at alam na natin kung sino-sino ba dapat ang pinakikinggan, ang binibigyan ng boses, at pinagkakalooban ng pagkakataong pakatotohanan ang totoo. 

Hindi tayo tumigil na halughugin at pagbalibaliktarin ang bawal sulok ng ating lipunan upang bigyang kabuluhan ang mundo, gaano man kahapdi ang katotohanang matututunan nating makikilala. 

Kaya nama’y nakapanlulumong isipin ang kasalukuyang danas ng ating bansa, partikular na sa pakikitungo ng mamamayang Pilipino sa konsepto ng katotohanan. Ngunit dito papasok ang pinakamahalagang aral na kailangan naming matutunan noong araw na kailangan naming pagkasyahin ang fifty four pesos para sa aming mga pangangailangan. 

Ikatlong aral: Kulang ang pag-aaral, kung walang pakikiramdam. Makikilala lang natin ang mukha ng kahirapan kung alam natin kung paano mamuhay kasama nito. Isang haligi ng komunikasyong pangkaunlaran ang empatiya, kaya’t danas natin, at di lamang nadadalumat ang karamdamang dinadaing ng ating lipunan. 

Kaya nama’y suungin natin ang panahong ito nang may pakikiramdam. Ang pakikitungo sa taumbayan ay sinusubukan ng marahan, nang may pag-iintindi, may pakikinig, may hangaring magkatagpo ang diwa, magkatagpo sa katotohanan—komunikasyong may paninindigan at may puso. 

Tinuturo rin ng empatiya na hindi lubos na maituturing ang araw na ito na maligayang selebrasyon. Hindi lingid sa ating kaalaman na maliit na bilang lamang ng mga pumasok sa ating Kolehiyo ang nagtapos ngayong taon at marami sa ating mga kaibigan, kung maaari lang sana, ang gusto nating makasamang magtapos ngayong araw. 

Kaya higit sa nais kong batiin ang lahat ng kapwa ko nagsipagtapos ngayon ng isang maligayang pagbati, sa diwa ng empatiya ay mas nais kong mag-iwan ng isang hamon sa ating lahat. Nawa’y kaakibat ng karangalang ating tinatanggap ay ang pananabik na patunayang may puwang tayo sa pagpapabuti ng ating lipunan. Nawa’y dala-dala natin ang empatiyang itinuro sa ating ng Kolehiyo hanggang sa paglisan natin ng ating unibersidad. Nawa’y hindi tayo natatapos sa pagsipat at pagbibigay kahulugan lamang.

Ngayon, pasan na nating ang responsibilidad na tumindig at kumilos. Mangahas tayo na maging mga aktibong iskolar na walang pasubaling magsisilbi para sa kapwa. Labanan natin ang pagiging manhid sa nararanasang karamdaman ng ating lipunan sa papamagitan ng paggamit ng ating boses at kalayaan upang manindigan.

Bago ko tapusin ang aking talumpati, nais kong samantalahin ang pagkakataong ito upang pasalamatan ang aking mga magulang na bagamat walang-wala ay ibinigay sa akin ang lahat. Ma, Pa, ang hirap sabihing lumaki ako sa hirap dahil hindi niyo kailanman pinaramdam sakin na nagkukulang tayo. Salamat po sa inyo.

Sa aking mga guro, mga kaibigan, mga itinuring na kapamilya, mga blocmates, orgmates, at mga nakadaupang-palad sa pamantasan, salamat sa pagkakataong matuto mula sa inyo. Salamat sa pagpapakilala sa akin ng inyong mga katotohanan. 

Sa aming sintang kolehiyo, ang Kolehiyo ng Komunikasyong Pangkaunlaran, maraming salamat sa pag-akay at pag-hubog sa amin bilang mga lingkod-bayan. 

Muli, malubos kong binabati ang lahat sa inyong napagtagumpayan at sa dangal at husay na inyong ipinamalas sa loob at sa labas ng unibersidad. Pagbati sa mga bagong iskolar ng komunikasyong pangkaunlaran. 

Mabuhay ang mga bagong pag-asa ng bayan! 


John Warren G. Tamor is CDC’s first summa cum laude graduate. He delivered this speech on behalf of the CDC Class of 2022 during the college’s 24th Testimonial and Recognition Program on August 3, 2022.

Tamor is CDC’s First Summa Cum Laude

Since its conception in 1998, the College of Development Communication (CDC) graduates its first summa cum laude in the person of John Warren Gado Tamor, who attained a general weighted average of 1.1250.

On behalf of the CDC Class of 2022, Tamor addressed the 24th Testimonial and Recognition Program of the college on August 3 at the EB Copeland Gymnasium.

In his speech, he shared about how UP has opened his critical eyes to the bitter truths facing society.

For the Urban Poor

Having grown up in a squatter’s area in Binondo, Manila and under a bridge in Taytay, Rizal, Tamor had already been exposed as a child to the harsh realities of urban living.

Being his inspiration, his father worked several jobs throughout his life: a staff member in the Philippine Navy, member of the Philippine Dragon Boat team, a tricycle driver, cooking assistant, and now the owner of their backyard farming business in Mindoro, where they are currently based. Tamor is also the eldest of two siblings and the first to earn a college degree.

To be able to afford basic necessities while studying at UPLB, such as food, shelter, and even school supplies, he had to work as a student assistant and apply for scholarships, such as the UP Presidential Undergraduate Scholarship Grant.

He recalled one time having to choose whether to buy food or pay for the photocopying fee for his readings for one of his courses, while considering his P54 budget for the day.

“…anong uunahin ko? Readings o pagkain? Noong araw na iyon, pinili ko ang pagkain. Nabusog ako pansamantala at lumipas ang isang maghapon. Ngunit saglit lang bago tuluyang naubos ang fifty four pesos ko, at sa huli, gutom at panibagong perspektibo lamang ang inabot ko,” he said.

(…what should I prioritize? Readings or food? That day, I chose food. I was full for a while and a day passed. But it was only a matter of time before my fifty four pesos was gone, and in the end, hunger and a new perspective were the only ones I had).

He wondered how his mother was able to budget his father’s measly monthly income of P1,500 for his family of five.

“Kaya naman base sa aking natutunan, nag-kwenta ako—para sa limang miyembro ng aming pamilya, seventy pesos lang pala ang nakalaan araw-araw. Kung babalewalain ang inflation, labing-anim na piso lamang ang diperensya’t masasabi ko na na nasa poverty line na kami,” he added.

When asked about his advocacy, Tamor cited Dr. Nora Quebral’s 1988 book Development Communication Primer, where she tackled how “migration is a coping mechanism for the poor in developing countries” and how it became a way to find better job opportunities. She also mentioned that “rural migrants often settle for poorly paid jobs in the cities and end up in slums or in shantytowns.”

He said that the notion that the grass is greener in cities like Manila is a misconception because, in reality, not all opportunities are available in such places.

“Nangarap lang din naman sila. Gusto lang naman nilang maging mabuti yung buhay nila pero hindi na sila nakaalis ng Maynila kasi hindi sila nabigyan ng magandang opportunity when in fact pumunta nga sila doon for better opportunities,” he said of the urban poor.

(They also just dreamed. They just want to improve their living conditions, but they never got to leave Manila, because they were not given a good opportunity, when in fact, they went there in the first place for better opportunities.)

It then became clear to Tamor that his advocacy was to promote better urban planning and development by shaping sustainable cities and communities. 

Tamor said that he will apply his learnings and experiences as a Devcom graduate, specifically on participatory development and project management, in fulfilling his advocacy. He has made it his life’s mission to bridge the gap between legislators and the civil society by championing community participation in the design and planning of urban and rural areas.

He also aspires for the youth to do their part in raising awareness about the issues revolving around urban communities through information campaigns.

“Lahat ng ginagawa natin ay para sa bayan, higit sa sarili, para lahat ito sa bayan,” he said.

(Everything we do is for the people, more than ourselves, it’s all for the people.)

Catalyst of Change

But CDC’s first summa had actually planned to shift to the BS Applied Physics program of UPLB after his first year at the college. Having chosen the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand in senior high school, Tamor’s initial interest was in the field of the natural sciences. In fact, he graduated with highest honors and was given an Excellence Award in Science for his outstanding performance in subjects such as physics, chemistry, and biology.

But he realized that Devcom, through his field work and production courses, was something he could be passionate about, particularly in aspects involving immersing and being one with marginalized communities and leading efforts that would uplift their lives.

Throughout his undergraduate years, he lived up to the Devcom spirit of empathy and compassion for grassroots communities. He was not the type of student who just attends his classes and ace his exams.

He became an exchange student in urban and international studies at the University of Malaya. Immersing in a more developed country, he could not help comparing Malaysia’s living condition with the Philippines’, which further enriched his understanding of society.

He also became head of the UPLB Development Communicators’ Society. He fondly recalled leading one of their readership literacy campaigns for indigent children and he was amazed at how his organization’s small effort had a big impact on the children’s reading skills.

He also became a first class officer of the corps of cadets of the UPLB Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program under the Department of Military Sciences and Tactics (DMST), which honed his grit and leadership skills.

And as if these extracurricular activities weren’t enough, he even interned in three  non-governmental agencies to hone his communication and production skills and professionalism.

All of these efforts bore fruit through several awards that he received on top of being recognized as CDC’s first summa cum laude. These included the CDC Faculty Medal for Academic Excellence, CDC Student Leadership Award, Nora C. Quebral Medal for Scholarship in Development Communication, and the UPLB ROTC Award of Loyalty and Duty Medal Award.

Students of the country’s premier university can only do so much. His friends even wonder where he gets all his energy.

But one thing is for sure that with his awards and achievements comes the responsibility of becoming a catalyst of social change, as is the mission of the field of development communication.

Calling on his fellow graduates, he said, “Ngayon, pasan na natin ang responsibilidad na tumindig at kumilos. Mangahas tayo na maging mga aktibong iskolar na walang pasubaling magsisilbi para sa kapwa. Labanan natin ang pagiging manhid sa nararanasang karamdaman ng ating lipunan sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng ating boses at kalayaan upang manindigan.”

(Now, it is our responsibility to stand up and take action. Let’s dare to be active scholars who will unconditionally serve others. Let’s not be apathetic about the condition of our society by using our voice and freedom to stand our ground.) (Rudy P. Parel Jr.)

24th CDC Testimonial and Recognition Program

August 3, 2022 marks the 24th CDC Testimonial and Recognition Program for Graduating and Honor Students of the UP Los Baños College of Development Communication.

The CDC Class of 2022 is composed of 48 graduates – 40 with the degree Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, four (4) with the degree Master of Science in Development Communication, and four (4) with the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Development Communication.

This August, our Devcom family is one with the parents and relatives of the CDC Class 2022 in celebrating their achievements.

Congratulations CDC Class 2022!

Photos of all the graduates can be viewed here.

Here is the list of awardees of the CDC Class of 2022:

Midyear 2021
Yu, Andrei Joshua R., cum laude (1.6556)

Second Semester, AY 2021-2022
Celiz, Ma. Theresa R., cum laude (1.6818)
Rodriguez, Jason DR., cum laude (1.6785)
Saldonido, Marella Angelica Victoria S., cum laude (1.6726)
Espiritu, Elijah Daniel O., cum laude (1.5952)
Lozada, Alyanna Marie B., cum laude (1.5892)
Banayos, Ricel lana Marie DC., cum laude (1.5833)
Collado, Clarence S., cum laude (1.5238)
De Castro, Rosemarie A., cum laude (1.4702)
Disilio, Carmela Isabelle P., cum laude (1.4523)
Landicho, Aaron Paul M., magna cum laude (1.4464)
De Vera, Joshua D., magna cum laude (1.4404)
Mallen, Ellanie Marie A., magna cum laude (1.4166)
Alcantara, Justine Ann C., magna cum laude (1.3869)
Petiza, Neisel Lyca R., magna cum laude (1.3869)
Galeon, Alie Peter Neil C., magna cum laude (1.3750)
Perez, Ed Karl DL., magna cum laude (1.3392)
Ramos, Christian Jay C., magna cum laude (1.3333)
Cantero, Maria Beatrice V., magna cum laude (1.3273)
Tomas, Andrea Mhae H., magna cum laude (1.3273)
Acoyong, Hanna Grace P., magna cum laude (1.2857)
Ramoran, Rizza B., magna cum laude (1.2678)
Garcia, Rochelle L., magna cum laude (1.2261)
Tenefrancia, Laura Mae T., magna cum laude (1.2142)
Tamor, John Warren G., summa cum laude (1.1250)

Academic Achievement Award
Ernesto C. Collo, Jr. Doctor of Philosophy in Development Communication

Second Semester, AY 2021-2022
RED CROSS YOUTH HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Biscocho, Jonel S.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE – BUREAU OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SCHOLARS
Alcantara, Justine Ann C. Landicho, Aaron Paul M.
Ramoran, Rizza B. Ramos, Christian Jay C.

CDC STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD & NORA C. QUEBRAL MEDAL FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION
Tamor, John Warren G. (1.1250)

CDC FACULTY BEST UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Biscocho, Jonel S.
Ang nanlaban at ang lumalaban sa tokhang: Paghahambing sa representasyon ng mga aktor ng gerakontra lugar sa pagmamasa at alternatibong midya

CDC admin staff lead building clean-up

The College of Development Communication (CDC) Administrative Welfare and Development Committee recently led a building-wide clean-up drive as part of its community service on June 24 and July 8, 2022. Members of CDC student organizations also participated in the initiative by cleaning their tambayan.

To promote health and wellness, the committee also holds one-hour physical activities every Thursday in line with Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 1992: 38 on the “Physical and Mental Fitness Program for Government Personnel.” (Sarah Mae Coronel)

See more photos here.

[Call for Papers] Philippine Journal of Development Communication 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Philippine Journal of Development Communication (PJDC) (ISSN: 2012-2586) is an open access peer-reviewed journal published by the College of Development Communication (CDC), the world-recognized pioneer in the study and practice of development communication. PJDC’s vision is to be the main space in which students and scholars of development communication share conversation to further scientific inquiry and examination of social issues in the context of communication. PJDC hopes to cultivate the conversation on communication for development and social change in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

PJDC welcomes academic, empirical, research manuscripts on the following topics:

• Development communication • Knowledge management for dev’t • Science communication • Participatory communication • Community communication • Communication campaigns, programs • Educational communication • Risk communication • Organizational communication • Evaluation of communication programs • Mass media writing for • Environmental communication development Communication and culture • Interpersonal communication • Strategic communication • Communication theory . Communication systems policies • Visual communication and planning • Science journalism • Qualitative communication research • Rural communication

PJDC publishes research articles (up to 8,000 words), research and practice notes (up to 3,000 words), reflections and essays (up to 1,500 words), and book reviews (up to 1,000 words). PJDC accepts manuscript submissions ALL YEAR ROUND. PJDC provides immediate open access to its content believing that knowledge shared with more practitioners, students, and scholars is powerful. Read past articles in our website! www.pjdc.uplb.edu.ph/

CDC hosts University of Reading faculty

The UPLB College of Development Communication (CDC), under the leadership of Dean Maria Stella Tirol, hosted faculty members from the University of Reading (UoR) on July 19, 2022 to discuss opportunities for collaboration in research and extension.

They were Dr. Sarah Cardey and Dr. Henny Osbahr, who are CDC’s visiting faculty members, and Dr. Paula Tosi.

Two of CDC’s faculty members, Asst. Prof. Aldo Gavril Lim and Asst. Prof. Pamela Joyce Eleazar, are currently pursuing their dual PhD by research degrees jointly offered by UoR and UPLB.

CDC’s department chairs, Dr. Elaine Llarena (DSC), Dr. Trina Leah Mendoza (DDBT), Asst. Prof. Romel Daya (DEC), and Asst. Prof. Aletheia Araneta (DDJ), also shared their Communication for Development (C4D) projects in agriculture, climate change and sustainable development.

Also present were Ms. Cherrys Abrigo, founder of Sierreza, a community-supported enterprise and field instruction partner of CDC, as well as Dr. Pamela Custodio (UPLB Graduate School Secretary), Asst. Prof. Ma. Teresita Borja-Osalla (CDC’s incoming International Relations Officer), Asst. Prof. Liza Cabrera (CDC’s College Secretary), Asst. Prof. Rosa Pilipinas Francisco (CDC’s Assistant to the Dean), and Mr. Kevin John Lino (UPLB Office of International Linkages Representative). (Miguel Victor Durian)

CDC tests hyflex learning mode

The College of Development Communication (CDC), led by staff of the Department of Educational Communication, launched its first hyflex offering of an undergraduate course, DEVC 103 (Visual and Audiovisual Media Production).

Under the hyflex format, a teacher facilitates classes with face to face (F2F) and online learners simultaneously. The designated classroom was equipped with desktop computers for the F2F students, lapel microphone and video camera for the teachers, and internet connection for facilitating Zoom meetings.

Preparations for said offering began in April 2022. This initiative was coordinated by Dr. Edmund Centeno (lead), Dr. Liza Cabrera, Asst. Prof. Lynette Carpio-Serrano, Asst. Prof. Rovil Espiritu, Mr. Elijah Pine, Mr. Antoni Lim, and Mr. Zeus Gunsay, under the chairmanship of Dr. Mildred Moscoso and Asst. Prof. Romel Daya. (Charlene Mae Arkaina)

Devcom student bags Best Short Film in Cineiskool Festival

Gerald Pesigan, a junior undergraduate at the UPLB College of Development Communication (CDC) won Best Short Film in the Cineiskool Short Film Lab and Festival for his entry entitled “Lapis Akong Naghihintay ng Pantasa” on June 22.

The festival was led by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and UniFAST.

His five-minute short film is about an out-of-school youth working as a factory worker who was offered an opportunity to better his future. Some of the scenes in the film feature the CDC building. A teaser can be viewed here.

The competition aims to give voice to individuals benefiting from Free Higher Education (FHE) and the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) programs under Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which was the theme of the competition.

Pesigan competed against nine other finalists from other schools in the country. Their films premiered at the Gateway Cineplex Cinema 1 in Quezon City on June 22, 23, and 25.

As a finalist, he was given a production grant of P125,000.

A Budding Artist

Ever since he was a child, Pesigan wanted to enter the entertainment industry. While his two siblings are helping out in their family business, he is the only one pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

His first goal was to become an actor. He began doing workshops at the age of seven. He attended many auditions and casting calls thereafter.

He was fortunate to have landed roles in several films, TV series, and commercials through the years. The short film The Howl & Fussyket in 2011, directed by Chris Martinez and produced by Nestlé Philippines, was his first and most notable project.

He was also involved in other company projects that tell their consumers’ stories. Pesigan sees his involvement with them as one of the highlights of his career because it was where people got to know him. It was also where renowned filmmaker Lily “Mother Lily” Monteverde met him at Regal Entertainment, Inc.

Yet, he knew that being an actor was not a stable career.

“Ang pag aartista kase para sa akin hindi siya stable job, so it’s really for passion, yung pag aartista kase hindi siya pang habang buhay kasi may mga times na sikat ka meron times na hindi, may mga times na may project ka meron times na hindi,” he said.

(For me, being an actor is not a stable job, it’s really for passion. You cannot work as an actor forever because your popularity can wane and you won’t always have projects to work on.)

Yet his passion for the arts did not stop him from pursuing other creative endeavors, such as filmmaking. He took inspiration from the directors he worked with and their films.

He initially endeavored to pursue a BA Film degree at UP Diliman, but instead ended up taking a BS Development Communication degree at CDC.

“One year lang ako [dapat] sa CDC, magshishift ako sa UP Diliman pero sobrang napamahal din ako sa Devcom,” he said.

(I was supposed to stay for one year at CDC and shift to UP Diliman, but I fell in love with Devcom.)

Behind the Scenes

The inspiration for his short film came from his experience in senior high school, where they had a program for out-of-school youth to encourage them to go back to school. One of the program’s beneficiaries said he could not do so, despite the FHE, because he was the breadwinner of their family. Hence, he had to forego schooling to earn a living for his family.

Pesigan realized that there are indeed many factors that affect education and the living conditions of people.

Producing his short film independently, he encountered many challenges. It was a one-person army, coordinating and managing everything on his own.

Although he received funding from FDCP, his short film was also partially funded by his parents.

It was his first time participating in such a big competition, so he felt very fortunate to have brought home the bacon.

“Ibang level na kasi yon eh, from national competition yun tapos sobrang nakakatuwa, sobrang nakaka proud and sabi ko sa sarili ko, this is already an opportunity for me sa career ko bilang filmmaker,” he said.

(It was on a new level. It’s from a national competition, and I’m so happy and proud. I told myself this is an opportunity for me in my filmmaking career.)

For the Iskolars Para Sa Bayan

He dedicated the film to his fellow Iskolars para sa Bayan – young people who want to study but do not have the financial means to pursue an education. He also said that is the reason behind the title. He realized that many young people have dreams or want to achieve something in life. They just need an opportunity. They just need a sharpener to shape them.

When asked for his message to young people who want to enter or pursue filmmaking, he said, “Siguro pag patuloy lang nila kung gusto nilang pumasok sa larangan ng paggawa ng pelikula, mas matututo sila. Naniniwala ako na lahat tayo ay pwedeng maging filmmaker kasi lahat tayo may mga magagandang kwento, lahat tayo may kwentong dapat pakinggan ng mga tao, lahat tayo may mga kwento na talagang inspiring, talagang may magandang mensahe. So para sa mga katulad kong kabataan na gustong pumasok sa larangan ng filmmaking hanggat may storya ka gawa ka lang ng gawa ng pelikula.”

(If they really want to get into filmmaking, they should keep pursuing it to learn more. I believe that all of us can be filmmakers because we all have good stories that people need to hear, that are inspiring and have a meaningful message. So to young people like me who want to pursue filmmaking, as long as you have a story to tell, just keep making films.) (Samantha Gwyneth Bonsol and Paul John Lazaga)


This article was originally published on the UPLB website.

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DDJ Seminar Series tackles Science Journalism

Science journalism was the topic of a webinar led by the Department of Development Journalism (DDJ) titled Science Journalism: International and Local Perspectives as part of the DDJ Seminar Series on June 13, 2022 on Zoom.

The webinar was held in partnership with the DEVC 128 class (Science Journalism in Development), which is first offered during the second semester of AY 2021-2022. It aimed to introduce the field of science journalism to the constituents of Los Baños, which is known as the special science and nature city of Laguna.

The first speaker of the webinar was Joel Adriano, Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific of SciDev.Net, one of the online newspapers that contains news, views and analysis regarding global development.

He discussed the possible opportunities, experiences, and things to remember if a journalist becomes part of an international newspaper like SciDev.Net.

Adriano added that the lack of consideration in choosing to report on one of the problems he sees in their field and he also encouraged that it is good for a journalist to have local experience first before heading to the international level.

Meanwhile, the second speaker, Jasper Arcalas, Agriculture and Commodities Reporter of the BusinessMirror, shared the importance of and his perspective regarding Agricultural Journalism.

In his presentation he likened agriculture to love. He said, “kung minsan ay you disagree, madalas agri.”

This was followed by the discussion of issues in the agricultural sector that are not often reported about in the mainstream media news cycle.

He concluded his talk by saying, “Kaya ineenganyo ko kayo na maging ‘marijo’ sa isang mundong puno ng “marites” – marijo- marijournalist na handang alamin, gamayin, ramdamin, at ibigin ang pagsusulat ng balitang agricultural, at bilang pagtatapos laging tatandaan AGRI- Ang Good Reporting Isinasabuhay.”

At the end of the webinar, participants from various organizations had the opportunity to ask questions to keynote speakers including issues of misinformation and disinformation on social media.

The webinar was officially opened by Asst. Prof. Aletheia C. Araneta, the chair of the DDJ. She said, “We hope to motivate our Devcom students, more youth to take up science journalism lalo na sa Pilipinas kailangan na kailangan natin ito. To help our society achieve a science culture na ine-aim natin, that our country much needs ngayon lalo na sa mga panahong ito.”

In his closing remarks, Mr. Miguel Victor T. Durian, University Extension Associate II and one of the faculty members in charge of DEVC 128, lauded Adriano, who is a Devcom alumnus, and his work in the international news media arena. He also thanked Arcalas, whom he had worked with as a co-resource speaker in a training held by the Bureau of Fisheries and Agricultural Standards of the Department of Agriculture (BAFS-DA).

On May 2, the first webinar of this year’s DDJ Seminar Series was held with the topic of mobile journalism for covering elections. (Samantha Gwyneth Bonsol and Paul John Lazaga)