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October 23, 2007

Glorietta Stories: Putting a human face to the news

Filed under: general — Luz Rimban @ 11:03 am

“In extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives,” goes a line from the World War II documentary by Ken Burns simply titled The War.

These are extraordinary times for us Filipinos. And there doesn’t seem to be anything ordinary in the lives of the 11 people who were killed in the bombing (was it a bombing or an accident?) of the Glorietta last Friday.

It’s the fourth day since the tragedy hogged the front page and we’ve been reading since of lives violently cut short, of people who nearly suffered the same fate, and of grieving and unbelieving relatives and friends. I resisted writing about this since so many people have already, until my husband Boyette mentioned that he didn’t want to read the papers anymore.



October 21, 2007

End of Sem

Filed under: general — Luz Rimban @ 9:01 pm

The semester is finally over. Sad to say goodbye to my 24 ADMU and 16 UP students, but relieved to get some breathing space till the next semester begins.

As I was going over more than a month’s work from these young people, I couldn’t help but marvel at the amount of energy and talent they put into their final television reports. Ok, so the video quality is a little bit low, but they persisted and struggled through the technical difficulties of our not-so-professional video facilities and obviously enjoyed doing their little pieces. We didn’t want to the reports to go unseen so we posted the stories on the class blog.

Here’s the report submitted by the group from The Guidon, anchored by Ryan Edward Chua, 2006 Palanca awardee for the Kabataan essay category and the paper’s Inquiry editor. The other group members were Austin Claude Alcantara, Paterno Esmaquel, Ayee Macaraig, Katrina Alvarez and Korinne Banal. They called their program “Stories From The Hill.” Here are Part I and Part II.

And then there was the three-person group with their program,”Reporter’s Homework,” whose executive producer was Karla Mesina, a writer for the Ateneo student publication Matanglawin. The anchors are Peter Imbong and Hazel Velasco. Here are Part I and Part II of “Reporter’s Homework.”

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