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Fighting Impunity through Creativity

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

The fight for justice continues.

Last Wednesday, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) together with the UP College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) launched “Fighting Impunity: The 2010 Multi-media Competition.”

Photo by Cy Yambao

The contest, which is mainly spearheaded by the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), aims to raise public awareness on the need to give justice to killings of Filipino journalists and the need to end the culture of impunity in the country.

The said competition is part of the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre, the worst Philippine election-related crime ever recorded. 58 Filipinos, 32 of which were journalists and media practitioners, laid victim to 100 armed men believed to be under the command of the Ampatuans on November 23, 2009. According to the CMFR’s Ampatuan Trial March, only 17 out of the 197 Ampatuans, policemen, military personnel and Civilian Volunteer Organization members who were charged with multiple murder have been arraigned.

UP CMC Dean Rolando Tolentino gave the welcoming remarks followed by CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus’s lecture on impunity.

De Jesus pointed out that a culture of impunity is characterized by a conflict-ridden society, weak rule of law, weak judicial system, poor police investigation, lack of witnesses, inadequate funds, intimidation, fear, and a failure to prosecute. She emphasized the importance of upholding press freedom and democracy in eradicating impunity. She said that the main purpose of the competition was to be able to engage the public and combat the policy of indifference that is prevalent in our society. She stressed that the growing number of journalists and media practitioners killed intensifies the need to strengthen protection and public awareness campaigns.

CMFR Deputy Executive Director and Professor Luis Teodoro explained the mechanics of the contest. All college students currently enrolled in universities, colleges, and schools in the Philippines may join. They can enter the contest as individuals or as student teams. They can submit as many original entries in any of the following categories: poster category, a 30 to 60 second radio plug category, and a 30 to 60 second video category. The entries must be in-line with any of the following themes: ending a culture of impunity, the media’s public service role, and democracy and the killings of journalists. Deadline for the poster category is on October 11; for the for the radio plug category, October 20; and for the video category, October 29. A total of P120,000 awaits the winners.

For more details about the competition, click here.

The contest not only enhances the critical-thinking and creativity skills of students but also provides a platform for them to air their sentiments and do their part in this fight for justice.

Celebrating the Best of Pinoy Talents!

Posted in Features on August 6, 2010 by mariafatimareyes

No one can deny that Filipino talents are truly exceptional. Be it in sports, arts, music, entertainment, or the sciences, the Filipinos have proven that they can conquer anything. The success stories of world-renowned personalities like Lea Salonga, Manny Pacquiao, and Efren Peñaflorida, to name a few, are testaments to the truth that Filipinos really do excel and can make a name for themselves.

Manny Pacquiao, Greatest Filipino Fighter of Our Time, Photo courtesy of voices.sg

Lea Salonga as Grizabella in the musical Cats, Photo courtesy of pep.ph

Efren Peñaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, Photo courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com

Only Pinoys have the Filipino Spirit – the kind of determination, perseverance, and strong will to overcome almost anything and be ahead of their craft. It is the force that drives them to keep going no matter the obstacles that come their way. It is no wonder that when they are given the opportunity to show their talents, Filipinos make sure they give their 100%. As long as they set their hearts and minds to it, Filipinos ultimately succeed in achieving their goals and dreams.

Philippine All Stars Tops Malta Guinesse Street Dance 2009, Photo courtesy of dancepinoy.com

It is but fitting that the best of Pinoys be given the right exposure they deserve. This blog aims to promote Pinoy talent by showcasing the stories behind the successes of all kinds of Filipinos all around the world – their background, their hardships, and their victories.

CCP BOBCATS, 2009 World Cup Cheerleading Champions, Photo courtesy of dancemanila.com

It will feature successes of Filipinos in fields like the arts, music, entrainment, sports, and the sciences. It will also provide readers with news, updates, and features and will present the views of a Filipino youth on how world-class Filipino talents influence Philippine Society.

I hope that this blog will inspire Filipino readers especially the Filipino youth to harness their skills and strive for the best. May this blog remind Filipinos to take pride in being Filipinos; because ONLY we Filipinos know what it means to be “A” Pinoy.

Proud to be Pinoy,
Fatima Reyes