CCAD backs initiative to mainstream media citizen councils

The campaign to popularize and strengthen media self-regulation continues, this time in Cebu City.

Regarded as a pioneer in independent self-regulation of the community press, the Cebu Citizens Press Council (CCPC) and the US Embassy in the Philippines partnered with a group of journalists in hosting the Cebu leg of the “Media Citizen Councils: For the Media and Citizens, By the Media and Citizens” conference.

As its contribution to the pursuit of media integrity, the UP Cebu College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) through its Communication Program is co-sponsoring the initiative.

On top of discussions on self-regulation, the conference, which will happen from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 13, 2024 at the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall, will also focus on the challenges faced by community journalists in the current information environment.

Davao-based journalist Amy Cabusao, vice chairperson and trustee for Mindanao of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), will keynote the event.

The morning highlights of the conference include the introduction of CCPC, the local media situationer in Cebu, and familiarization with self-regulatory mechanisms with other media councils in the country.

The afternoon session will include workshops on newsroom operations in a digital setup, digital safety and security, and ethical considerations when using digital platforms.

A workshop on Media Self-Regulation in the Digital Space will cap the day’s activities.

This conference is a Change Initiative of a group of journalists who joined a fellowship in Sweden hosted by the Swedish International Development Agency and NIRAS on media self-regulation.

The team includes Francis Allan Angelo of Daily Guardian, Lita Jane Cadalig of the Kordilyera Media-Citizen Council and Baguio Midland Courier, Janvic Mateo of University of the Philippines Diliman, Paul Soriano of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Mia Embalzado-Mateo of Cebu Citizens-Press Council and University of the Philippines Cebu, Bea Cupin of Rappler, Arlene Burgos of ABS-CBN, and Catherine Valente of The Manila Times. Prof. Gary Mariano is the team’s national facilitator.

The conference is jointly organized by the CPCC, the US Embassy in Manila, and UP Cebu.

CCAD faculty to tackle peace education in March 2 lecture

The specter of violence in the international and national scenes that range from wars to mass shootings, terrorist attacks,  killings of government officials and tribal group members, Mindanao conflict, child abuse, and bullying in schools underscores the importance of peace education in Philippine basic and higher educational institutions. 

Dr. Belinda Espiritu, UP Cebu Communication Program Faculty, will present an overview of the components of peace education and why it is necessary in a strife-torn world during her lecture titled “Peace Education and Nonviolent Communication Towards Violence-Free Schools and Communities” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on March 2, 2024 at the UP Professional Schools in the  South Road Properties.

Threats of violence even in schools provide the context for DepEd Order No. 32, S. 2019 or the “National Policy Framework on Learners and  Schools as Zones of Peace” and CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 01, Series of  2019, which deals with “Integration of Peace Studies/Education into the Relevant Higher Education Curricula.” 

Dr. Espiritu’s presentation will cover peace education components, including spirituality, social justice, human rights, nonviolence, inter-faith and intercultural solidarity, respect for diversity, common humanity, oneness with nature,  and human security. The lecture will then examine nonviolence and the approach to communication known as nonviolent communication (NVC) that was developed by American psychologist Marshall Rosenberg.

Lawak Sinehan resumes film screenings

Lawak Sinehan opens the first semester of AY 2023-2024 with regular film screenings for the UP Cebu community. Coming up in the last week of August are two titles that explore the concepts of heroes and anti-heroes through the lens of cinema.

Atty. Grace Marie Lopez, Lawak Sinehan Coordinator, said the two films that will be shown this week include Old Boy, at 2:00 p.m. on August 29, and A Clockwork Orange, at 2 p.m. on August 31.

She said they hope to hold a short casual interaction after the screening to encourage cinephiles to share their insights and perspectives with the community, with the goal of enhancing film enthusiasm.

At some chosen film screenings within this semester, there will be formally facilitated discussions, Lopez added.

UP Cebu Creative Writing Program Relaunches Tagik Landasan Writing Workshop

The UP Cebu Creative Writing Program of CCAD is now accepting submissions for the 3rd Tagik Landasan Writing Workshop, to be held in October 9-10, 2023 at Multimedia Room (Day 1) & Joya Gallery (Day 2).

Eight (8) Slots shall be reserved for UPC students (Grade-10 & 11 and College Undergraduates). Two (2 ) slots are reserved for UPC Alumni who are based on Cebu City. Please note that previous Tagik Landasan Writing Workshop fellows as well as fellows of regional and national writing workshops are not qualified for this year’s writing workshop. Interested applicants may submit the following genres in either Cebuano or English—a suite of three (3) to five (5) poems; one (1) five-to-eight-page short story, or one (1) five-to-eight-page creative nonfiction (personal essay).

Entries must be typed in Book Antiqua, font size 12, with 1-inch margin on all sides, single-spaced for poetry while double-spaced for prose entries. Entries must not bear the author’s name. Applicants are required to submit their resume with a scanned 2×2 ID picture. A statement of intent providing a short background of their literary interests should accompany the application.

Submissions must be sent as attachments in Word file with the subject header format “Tagik Landasan_[Applicant’s Full Name]_[Genre: Poetry, Fiction, or CNF]” (example: Tagik Landasan_Aiko Sukahi_Fiction) to the following email address:[email protected] After the workshop, there will be a culminating event to recognize the fellows in Gabiing Dako: A Night of Poetry which will be organized by UP TINTA.

UP Cebu Communication Faculty Publishes New Paper

Congratulations to Communication program professor Dr. Belinda Espiritu for publishing her paper titled Land, Blood, and Tears: Discursive Themes and Strategies of Resistance to Neoliberal Hegemony in the Lumad’s Struggle for Their Rights in the Journal of Global South Studies last November 16, 2022.

Abstract: This paper examines the discursive themes and strategies of resistance by the Lumad, the indigenous people of Southern Philippines, and civil society groups to neoliberal hegemony, the dominance of the political-economic philosophy that champions the market as the prime regulator of economic activity, in the Lumad’s struggle for justice and their rights. The Lumad have been subject to killings of their leaders, militarization, red-tagging (the pernicious labeling of government critics, activists, and other members of civil society as Communists or terrorists) of their schools, and displacement from their lands. It is a study situated in the context of indigenous resistance to neoliberal globalization. It uses the critical discourse analysis approach in analyzing the discursive themes and strategies of resistance, particularly the theoretical ideas propounded by John Flowerdew founded on Foucault’s theory of power and resistance. Ten purposively selected news articles and two statements published from 2017 to 2020 by the online alternative news media outfit Davao Today were analyzed in the study. The discursive themes identified were neoliberalism’s dire consequences and destructive impact, displacement of the Lumad, food security, red-tagging, the struggle for education, counternarrative to red-tagging, defense of the environment and Lumad ancestral lands, injustice, corporate greed, and environmental degradation and the catastrophes that result from it. The discursive strategies of resistance used were constatives, or truth claims with factual backing, regulatives, avowals, ridicule, sarcasm, rebuttal, vivid adjectives, use of words, and use of evocative phrases and sentences. These discursive themes and strategies of resistance call for an economic system that empowers and respects indigenous peoples and local communities and interacts with the environment in a positive, respectful way.

Access her paper here.

UP Cebu Comm Program Hiring Announcement

The Communication Program of the College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) invites applications to fill four faculty positions (three full-time substitutes and one full-time temporary) to begin in February, 2023. We seek candidates with a postgraduate degree in Communication, teaching experience, or an extensive background and experience in multimedia and communication practice.

Selected candidates will specialize teaching in any of the following areas: multimedia production, semiotics in multimedia contexts, journalism/content writing, media studies, and new media technology and literacy.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications to [email protected] with their Resume and work samples and address their Application Letter to CCAD OIC Dean Prof. J. Karl P. Roque Jr.

Closing date of Application: December 5, 2022.

CCAD Releases Schedule of Convocation of Scholars 2022

The College of Communication, Art, and Design is proud to announce the schedule of its convocation of scholars tomorrow, November 9th, at the Performing Arts Hall and online.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m, and it will feature keynote speaker Mr. Adeste Deguilmo.

He took up painting studies at the University of the Philippines Cebu and became a student of Cebu’s foremost painter, Martino Abellana.

After obtaining his diploma in 1986, he was involved in Advertising Agency for six years as a visualizer. In 1993 he helped organize the art group Cebu Artists Inc. and later became the group’s president.

He entered the teaching profession in 1999 and was a member of the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of San Carlos until 2006. In 2000 he received a residency grant from the Federal Chancellery of the republic of Austria and stayed in Vienna, Austria for three months as a foreign artist in Residence. with the support of the Cebu Arts Council. As an output of his residency, he exhibited his works at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna coupled with a homecoming exhibit in Cebu at the CAP Art Center

He also bagged two important awards in 1997 alone. First, he won the Gand Prize of the Letras y Figures, a national competition organized by Instituto de Cervantes in Manila. Second, he garnered the grand prize of the Land Bank of the Philippines Centennial mural painting contest.

In his prolific career as a professional artist, our distinguished guest speaker has mounted more than ten solo exhibitions and

numerous group shows. In 2010, he was awarded the 3rd prize for his work titled ”Flowers and Gardens” in the April-May issue of the International Artist Magazine. He was again featured in a major article in the same international art magazine in the August issue of 2018.

In addition, he won the Grand Prize in the Figurative Abstraction category organized by Kaalyado ng Sining, a National Painting Competition in 2012.

Furthermore, he was featured in a solo exhibition by Qube Gallery at the prestigious Art Central Hong Kong in March 2017.

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