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"An Aton" Channel marks 2nd anniversary

By L. Lopido & M. Alcober

Tacloban City (September 18) -- After two years of remarkable service extended to the people of Region 8, An Aton Channel (AAC) headed by its Executive Producer Vincent Batic, successfully marked its 2nd anniversary celebration in a formal gathering at the Hotel Alejandro yesterday evening, September 17, 2007.

Prominent personalities who gave color to the event were no less than former 1st District Congresswoman Remedios "Matin" Petilla, Acting Leyte Governor Mimiette Bagulaya, Tanauan Municipal Mayor Roque Tiu who is also the concurrent President of the Leauge of Municipalities - Leyte Chapter;

Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu, Mr. Niel Montejo and Ms. Cristina Pablo who represented An Waray Congressman Florencio "Bembem" Noel and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez respectively. Likewise, some members of the print, broadcast, and TV outlets were represented in said momentous affair of the AAC.

In her message given during the program, former Congresswoman Petilla expressed her appreciation on the show of force that the members of the local media presented, which was evidenced by the presence of the different media personalities on said affair. On her part, Vice Governor Bagulaya opined that if members of the media maintain their credibility, their existence is favorably sustained.

For her part, Director Tiu praised the producer of AAC Mr. Batic, who according to her, has gone a long way since he started as a utility man at the Ministry of Public Information, now known as the Philippine Information Agency. Tiu expressed that through his diligence and perseverance, and more so because he has always maintained his credibility as a media practitioner, Batic was able to achieve what he is right now - the Executive Producer of An Aton Channel.

Other personalities who also gave inspirational messages were Ms. Rollie Montilla and Conrad Tecson who are presently hosting AAC's one-hour talk show "Wednesday Club" aired every Wednesday. Ms. Montilla is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Eastern Times, a weekly local paper distributed in the region. (PIA-8) [top]

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