Thursday, January 12, 2012


BORACAY, MALAY-The Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI) joining hand with Boracay Global Press Corps. (BGPC) set the Global Media Convention on December 8-10.
            Global Media Convention underscored the Global Media Forum and the 16th National Press Congress with the centrepiece theme, “Changing Face of the Asian Media”.
            Over 500 delegates and participants were exposed to best practices in media industry and were enabled to interact with and gain knowledge form the expert lecturers. Media practitioners, communicators and enthusiasts both local and foreign gathered in the convention centre of Boracay Regency Hotel.
            Promoted by PAPI as pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1187 declaring every December as National Press Congress Month and Community Press Month in the service of the Nation, the convergence was attended by famous personalities in the field of journalism.
            “We have invited noted speakers and resource persons from the United Nations and other established institutions to address the media event”, Mr. Louie T. Arriola, BGPC Vice President and Convention Chairman said, recently released by The Publishers.
 In the other hand, the start of the Global Media Convention was lauded with the closing of its related media event, the Communication Expo 2011 by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
During the opening of the media convention, Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chairman in Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture addressed to the delegates and participants present in the said event.
            Meanwhile, His Excellency Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines quoted that media plays a big role in promoting tourism. Thus, he also stressed that it affects individual perception and that freedom or press shall be twinned with sense of responsibility. His Excellency, in the other hand, gave complements to the island of Boracay.
            The president of the collaborative ICT Services Division of the Information Capital Technology Ventures Inc., Mr. Tim Diaz de Rivera tackled the Global Trends in Digital Media stressing that Steve Jobs has changed a lot the era of Technology-the online experiences was changed by Digital Media, its future and landscape was collaborated in the Global Trends.
            “You can have newspaper without democracy, but you cannot have democracy without newspaper”, dazzling statement casted by Ms. Belinda Cunanan, controversial Newspaper Columnist, during her discussion in Drawing the Line of Profit, Public Interest, and Ethics.
            Dr. Rene Guioguio, Political and Communication Adviser of the International Committee of the Red Cross gave stand in humanitarian reporting and Protection of Journalists.
            Mr. Chito Sta Romana, former Beijing bureau Chief for ABC News and Emmy Award winning journalist, shared insights in Innovative paradigms in New Media Operations. Sta Romana also shared his story during his stay in China for more than 30 years.
            Mr. Ethan Sun, Deputy Chief of Politic section of the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Philippines clashed over Social Networking as a New Media Dimension.
            Ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s columnist and multi-awarded journalist, urged Media Content as a critical Factor in Sustainable Revenue generation.
            Mr. Rey Langit, KBP National Capital Region chairman and pioneer of ABS-CBN’s Radio Patrol, assets during the second evening of the convergence.
            Adapting to the global change in media trends with new forms of media, journalists must learn to foster the sense of flexibility in the crossroad of change.*Joefell Francis Balagosa