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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Children flock Media Fest in Daram

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 17 (PIA) –- Children of various ages and backgrounds, flocked to the Daram covered court to watch MTVs and public service announcement (PSA) filmed by members of the Young Hearts Media Correspondents.

Nineteen children of the media correspondents had taken their oaths as members of the Young Hearts Media Correspondents (YHMC and accredited by Erlinda Olivia Tiu regional director of PIA 8 in May 2011.

Totch dela Cruz of Plan Philippines informed the Philippine Information Agency that “20 more children age 9-15 in Daram recently completed the Basic Media Literacy program” conducted by Plan Philippines and Anak TV.

According to dela Cruz, the budding filmmakers were taught video lessons where were assigned to shoot an MTV or PSA as a requisite for graduation.

During the training, the children were given a lecture on child survival, development and protection as their inherent right, and with this knowledge, they better appreciated the rights of children.

They produced PSAs and MTVs which were screened in public on the evening of January 13 at the Daram municipal gym.

Spiced with local social issues confronting them, the presentations depicted the originality of the children - how they perceived these issues and what affect them.

That night, five MTVs and three PSAs were viewed by children, parents, guests from the DEpEd, and Plan Philippines.

The MTVs and PSAs had issues on child labor, environmental protection, anti-trafficking, and child abuse.

Like a real movie festival, Plan Philippines also invited two outstanding filmmakers - Wency Anotado who came from Seoul, Korea and won the Children’s Choice Award for his short film “I am a Man" during the 23rd Seoul International Youth Film Fest in South Korea and Richelle Jaropoy from Catarman, Northern Samar. Her “Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang," a documentary on malnutrition got applauded.

Parents of the 19 new members of media went with their kids on stage to receive the awards as Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor awards.

Ma Glecy Joy Contado, a ‘graduate’ of the same media training expressed appreciation for the young members who have shown talents in shooting and filming the MTVs and the PSAs.

“I find it in my heart to share the things we have learned from our mentors too, the task was not easy but with patience, the children were able to produce short films that reflected the issues in their very own communities,” Contado said in her message.

The PIA, represented by the Samar provincial manager, was with the children to induct them as the Youth Media in Daram and to give them a short message as they enter the world of responsible media. (NBQ/PIA 8-Samar)

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