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Interview with David Molnar | GBPW Episode 121

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You’re not a photographer when someone pays you. That doesn’t make you a photographer. You’re not a photographer when someone else tells you that you’re great, that you have beautiful photos, or you start getting praise. There’s all these moments where people think, “Oh, maybe I’m a professional photographer if I get certified” or whatever it is. But I say you’re a photographer when you say you are.

David Molnar

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In this episode, I speak with celebrity and advertising photographer David Molnar. David takes stunning pictures of celebrities, landscapes, and more. He knows how to tell a compelling story through each photo that he takes. David has had amazing success as a photographer. After years of hard work and patience, he decided to become a mentor and help others take better photos. 

We talk about:

– Overcoming imposter syndrome

– Practical business tips for photographers

– The inspiration behind David Molnar’s book, Learning To See

& much more!

I had a great time speaking with David Molnar about the creative and entrepreneurial side of photography. If you’re interested in building a business or just improving your photography, this is the perfect episode for you!

Here is a preview of our conversation with David Molnar.

Q: What is your book about and what inspired you to write it? 

David Molnar: The book, Learning to See, walks you through the 5 steps to become a photographer. In the end, it helps people turn pro. People ask me who this book is for and what it’s about, and I say it’s for anyone who’s interested in photography at all, whether it’s for passion or profit.

The first part of the book is helping photographers get inspired and learn the foundational skills that every photographer needs to know. The middle part of the book is helping photographers develop and pursue a specific path, a specific niche in photography. We help them pick that path and understand what options are available to them. Regardless of whether or not you want to go pro, everyone needs to learn how to do photography from a foundational level and get really good at shooting and editing photos.

Then, they need to pick a specific path, like landscape photography, wildlife photography, wedding photography, etc., regardless of whether they want to actually make money or not.

The fifth part of the book is optional. It’s the part where we actually teach you how to start a legitimate business, book your first paying gigs, and create raving fans from those first gigs that send you a lot of referrals, which kicks off your business and really makes you a legitimate professional photographer.

Q: At what point should a photographer consider getting mentor?

David Molnar: As soon as possible. As soon as freaking possible is the actual answer to that. 

Regardless of where you get your mentorship, it’s absolutely essential that you get a mentor. Whether it’s a virtual mentor or a photographer that you can assist in person, it’s absolutely essential that you get a mentor to start learning from right away. 

That’s exactly why I wrote the book. There’s a lot of people that are in places where they don’t know a photographer or there’s no photographer that’s willing to let them assist or intern under them. A lot of photographers don’t share their secrets. A lot of photographers feel like if they’ve earned this status of being a professional photographer – the years of blood, sweat, and tears – they don’t want to share their secrets. I feel the exact opposite. I remember what it was like to stumble through the dark and try to figure out photography on my own. I’d think, “If I ever become a successful photographer and learn all these lessons, I want to help other photographers pursue their dreams with less heartache in less time and have a clear path for them to go through.”

Q: As a mentor, what have you learned about photography that surprised you?

David Molnar: It’s actually made me become a better photographer. I think the best way to learn something is to teach it. When you have to teach something step by step, you become more of a master at whatever the subject is that you’re teaching.

Author Bio

David Molnar is a celebrity and advertising photographer, believer, and family man. His work has been seen on millions of Pepsi cans, in People magazine, on American Idol, and in the New York Times. His clients include Google, Pepsi, and Sony, among many others. Feeling so blessed to be realizing his dreams, David is now focusing on being “Your Photography Mentor.” He is helping tens of thousands of photographers pursue their dreams by creating world-class photo education, inspiration, and resources.

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Statement of the UP President’s Advisory Council on Threats Against Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar and UP Cebu Chancellor Leo Malagar


 

We deplore and denounce in the strongest terms the thinly veiled threats made against our distinguished alumna, Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar, and her husband, University of the Philippines-Cebu Chancellor Atty. Leo B. Malagar. The threats emanated from a since-deleted Facebook post by former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Lorraine Badoy, who launched a vicious verbal attack against the judge for her decision dismissing the Department of Justice’s motion to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. In a subsequent post, without offering any proof, she also tagged Chancellor Malagar as a CPP-NPA-NDF member.

This is not the first time—nor, we believe, will it be the last—that Ms. Badoy has overstepped the bounds of human decency with her rabid and reckless assaults on free speech, human rights, and now, the judicial process itself, one of our last democratic recourses. While she may seek to evade legal action by resorting to seemingly hypothetical questions in her posts, the malice and moral depravity in her intent is evident, particularly her chilling statement about killing “this judge,” knowing full well that she is associated with the country’s military and intelligence establishment. Her feeble disavowal of her posts as “fake news,” despite ample evidence that she made them, only reinforces her lack of truthfulness.

The University of the Philippines stands by its commitment to our people’s democratic rights and the rule of law. Personal threats and attacks against our judges and academic leaders are unacceptable in a free society, and their perpetrators should be held accountable, legally and morally, for any consequences of their actions.


The University of the Philippines President’s Advisory Council (UP PAC) is composed of the President, the Vice Presidents and the Secretary of the University, the Chancellors of the eight UP constituent units, the Director of the UP Philippine General Hospital, and the Executive Director of the UP Bonifacio Global City campus.



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What are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents?


What are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents?

Riding a motorcycle can be tons of fun, and is by far one of the most exciting and exhilarating things you can do on a regular basis. Indeed, feeling the freedom of hitting the open road on two wheels is tantamount to flying. However, just like most other exciting, high-adrenaline activities, motorcycling isn’t without its risks. It’s often said that a tiny fender-bender for a car is potentially life-threatening for a motorcyclist. Indeed, this is true, as we are completely exposed to the elements when we’re out riding our bikes.

That being said, being injured from a mishap on your motorcycle is pretty much something all riders have experienced at one point. As is the case with most injuries, they can vary in severity from tiny scuffs all the way to broken bones. With that, let’s take a closer look at the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents.

Road rash

The first and most common injury, even from low-speed motorcycle crashes, is road rash. The power with which you scratch the pavement causes numerous layers of your skin to peel away, sometimes exposing muscles beneath, which is why road rash is considerably more serious than a simple scrape or bruise. Road rash may thus be excruciatingly painful, take a very long time to cure, and potentially even leave some lasting scars. Wearing the appropriate motorcycle jacket, gloves, and pants—all of which should be made of an abrasion-resistant fabric or leather—will suffice to prevent this.

Arms and legs

What are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents?

Naturally, in case of an accident, our upper and lower extremities are most susceptible to damage, especially if the impact is so hard that it causes us to flay our arms and legs while flying through the air. Oftentimes, you’ll use your hands to catch your fall and send that impact traveling from your hands to your wrists, then to your shoulders. Your legs can also be prone to injuries from being caught beneath your bike, or from impact to the ground. 

Similar to road rash, you can prevent serious injuries to your limbs by wearing motorcycle-approved gear with CE-rated protectors on the shoulders and elbows, as well as the knees and hips. Wearing high-quality boots and gloves will also pay dividends in keeping you safe from injuries to your hands and feet. 

Head injuries

What are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents?

It’s pretty clear why the helmet is by far the most important piece of safety gear when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Head injuries are extremely common and can be life-threatening in some cases. A concussion can have long-term effects that can adversely affect your way of life. Meanwhile fractures to your jaw, nose, and other parts of your face can leave you disfigured and in a lot of pain. As such, we always recommend that you wear a full-face helmet if you ride a big bike, or a three-quarter helmet for scooter riders. We strongly discourage the use of half-shell helmets, as these offer hardly any protection to the most vulnerable parts of your head.

Broken ribs

Being thrown off a motorcycle due to gravel or loose dirt mid-corner is no fun. Oftentimes, a motorcyclist who gets in a high-side crash has no control over where the force of inertia will throw them. It usually ends with a hard impact to the pavement that can leave you with some heavy bruises to your torso, and maybe even a few broken ribs. What sucks the most about broken ribs is that there’s really nothing much you can do to ease the pain, other than to wait for the bone to heal on its own. You can, however, prevent them from happening in the first place by wearing a padded motorcycle jacket complete with back and chest protectors. 

How to prevent injuries in the first place

What are the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents?

As we were highlighting all the injuries you could possibly get from motorcycling, we also cited the appropriate gear to wear in order to prevent injuries in the first place. However, there’s another way to prevent accidents from happening in the first place, and it’s developing your riding skills. On Philippine roads, most riders and drivers are reactive, rather than proactive. This means they react to hazards or dangerous situations, instead of actually taking actions to avoid them in the first place. 

As such, being a proactive motorcyclist can go a long way in keeping you safe. For example, if it’s raining, maybe it’ll be better to take your car instead. Additionally, if you anticipate heavy traffic, take a different route that will perhaps take you through a longer route, but with lighter, more free-flowing traffic. Taking steps to ensure your ride is more pleasant not only makes motorcycling more fun, it also contributes to keeping you safe on the road. 


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Take a look at HJC’s all-new range of RPHA helmets


Take a look at HJC’s all-new range of RPHA helmets

With good cause, HJC is one of the most well-known helmet producers in the world. It maintains its basic lineup’s safety and comfort characteristics on pace with the rest of the industry while offering some of the finest value in helmets. The RPHA line of helmets will surely be the finest choice for those of you searching for the best that HJC has to offer in the interim.

The HJC RPHA series has been protecting the heads of both road riders and the best racers in the world for a number of years. Now, HJC has expanded the RPHA brand by launching an entirely new collection of high-end, performance-focused helmets. Given that the RPHA 1 race helmet, the company’s flagship model, is already on the market, it is easy to understand why HJC opted to update the remainder of the RPHA series as well. Let’s examine more closely, shall we?

RPHA 31

HJC RPHA 31

The RPHA series from HJC is mostly known for its performance, therefore it’s intriguing to see that the company has created an urban open-face lid for the RPHA range. The RPHA 31 decreases wind turbulence and noise levels similarly to its full-face siblings since it was developed via extensive wind tunnel testing for a quieter, more aerodynamic ride. The RPHA 31 offers greater shock resistance and the best possible protection thanks to its Premium Integrated Matrix (PIM) Evo shell and multi-density EPS. The RPHA 31 will also function with the second generation of SMART HJC Bluetooth communication technologies, making it the ideal commuter helmet for journeys within and around cities. Retail price is 429.90 Euros, or approximately P24,300.

RPHA 91

HJC RPHA 91

HJC RPHA 91

The RPHA 91, a brand-new modular touring helmet from HJC, was made with all-day comfort in mind. In order to boost shock resistance while maintaining its lightweight nature, the new Premium Integrated Matrix EVO shell employs carbon-aramid, carbon fiber, glass fiber, organic non-woven fabric, and linen fiber as reinforcing materials. The rider has a crisper and broader peripheral vision thanks to the brand-new, distortion-free HJ-37 face shield and HJ-V17 sun screen.

As is a typical complaint with modular lids, the chin bar locking mechanism has been designed with a concealed closing mechanism that permits smooth contact and removes strain on your cheeks. The low-noise inside of the RPHA 91 was 3D-engineered to greatly reduce road noise and maximize comfort for extended periods of time in the saddle. Additionally, motorcyclists who wear glasses will find the EPS design convenient. The new RPHA 91 has a 549.90 Euro starting price, which is equivalent to around P31,000.

RPHA 71

HJC RPHA 71

HJC RPHA 71

The second-generation premium sport-touring model from HJC is the RPHA 71. It delivers outstanding performance in a compact, lightweight package and is designed for every ride, from city commutes to cross-country journeys. The new helmet has a multi-density EPS lining and HJC’s Premium Integrated Matrix (PIM) Evo shell. Together, these characteristics offer the highest level of protection and improved shock resistance.

The RPHA 71 is a sporty and comfortable helmet because it was created as a sport-touring helmet. The RPHA 71 builds on the strengths of its well-liked predecessor, the RPHA 70, while also improving the rider’s experience as a whole. The RPHA 71 will also be compatible with the second generation of SMART HJC Bluetooth communication devices, allowing users to stay connected and focus on the road ahead. The newest touring lid from HJC has a starting price of 479.90 Euros, or approximately P27,000.


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Yamaha Philippines celebrates its racers’ accomplishments and future races


Yamaha R7

Yamaha Motor Philippines had a small celebration last week for its home-grown racing heroes. The brand made a commitment to establish motorsports as a motorcycle manufacturer, pulling all the stops to support local talent and propel them to the world stage. 

First, a bit of history. Yamaha set out on its goal back in 2010, with the ambitious goal of bringing a Filipino racer into MotoGP. The Yamaha Grand Prix (YGP), and the brand refined riders to a high level, and these athletes are now competing in their final round of international contests for the current campaign, hoping to lift the Philippine flag to victory. 

As of today, Filipinos move closer and closer to that goal, with Mckinley Kyle Paz, King Mascardo, Gian Carlo Mauricio, and J.E. Inguito being the front runners in the brand’s roster. The next chapter for each racer will be the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) and FIM Junior Grand Prix (FIM JrGP). The racers and their teams, Mckinley Kyle Paz with Stylo Bike Racing Team, April King Mascardo, Gian Carlos Mauricio with UMA Racing MMR Yamaha Philippines Team, and J.E. Inguito with 4S1M Yamaha Racing Team will all be headed towards their finals in the next few weeks. 

Paz will keep inspiring people who wish to participate in the FIM JrGP. Meanwhile, ARRC riders Mascardo, Mauricio, and Inguito, will be continued in the next season of the series. 

At the send-off, the guests included members of the media as well as vloggers at Craft Bar in BGC. Yamaha also fielded two special guests to make an appearance at the event, the All-New Yamaha Sniper, and the Yamaha YZF-R7 sportbike. According to Yamaha Philippines, this was also one of the first times that the R7 was shown out at an official event for everyone to see. The model is the Tuning Fork’s middleweight sport bike based on the MT-07, and it’s ready for the track just like the racers that Yamaha fields. 

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We wish all the Yamaha racers the best of luck to compete at the highest of levels and achieve greater heights in the future. 


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Nursing Dean Escolar Chua meets with fellow experts at first Vancouver Nurses Convention –


UST College of Nursing Dean Prof. Rowena L. Escolar Chua, Ph.D., joined the First Filipino Nurses Conventions organized by the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver on March 25, 2022 at the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel.

She met her fellow administrators from various British Columbia educational institutions with accredited nursing programs. This convention was in collaboration with the Filipino Network, a network of Filipino social service workers in British Columbia, and Western Community College.

The University of Santo Tomas is one of the few Philippine Centers of Excellence in nursing and one of six that the Consulate reached out to, according to their website.

With the theme “Breaking Barriers to Labour Market Integration in the Healthcare Industry: The Future of Internationally Trained Nurses”, the convention tackled 4 plenary topics: (1) the current state of credentials recognition processes for Internationally-Educated Nurses (IENs) in BC; (2) the lived experiences in nursing licensure procurement; (3) The alternative pathways; and lastly,(4) the way forward being an excellent registered nurse. For the first plenary, the speakers were British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Johansen, Nursing Community Assessment Service Executive Director Rita Parikh, and British Columbia Nurses Union Human Rights Equity and Health Policy Officer Hanif Karim.

The speakers for second plenary includes – Ms. Sherrylyn Vivero, Ms. Hydee McMillan, and Ms. Jennie Arceno. The three are registered nurses in BC who shared their experiences of becoming registered nurses in BC. Alternative pathways for achieving a nursing career in BC were discussed in the third plenary for the IENs. The speakers were Filipino Network Member and Western Community College Director for Employment and Community Programs Mr. Stephen Andrada and Western Community College Healthcare Assistant (HCA) Program Manager and Classroom Instructor on Theory and Skills Lab Ms. Amy de Chavez Lastly, for the fourth plenary, Mr. Andrada was also the speaker. He concluded the plenary discussion by presenting a roadmap that summarizes the previous discussion along with the short, medium, and long-term plans for the better career opportunities of the IENs.

The convention aimed to help Filipino IENs in British Columbia to land great nursing career opportunities. Through the plenary discussions, IENs are shared with information and understanding to cope up with the credentials recognition processes for nurses in BC.

Additionally, information booths were set up at the convention venue through the help of the other few organizations the consulate reached out to for the event. In line with the convention, Dean Escolar Chua met with the heads of the BSN programs of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), University of British Columbia, Douglas College, and Thompson Rivers University.

The convention was attended by a total of 100 Filipino Internationally-Educated Nurses (IENs). The University of Santo Tomas is one of the very few institutions invited by the consulate. Apart from the University, Healthmatch BC, the Langley Community Service Society, FilNet, the Western Community College, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Vancouver engaged in the event.



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AB Behavioral Science students conducts webinar on gender inclusivity –


In line with the objectives established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, Gender and Equality, Behavioral Science students under the Faculty of Arts and Letters held a webinar titled “Bahagi ng Bahaghari: An Inclusivity for the LGBTQIA+ Community Webinar” on June 2, 2022.
The webinar was held to spread awareness on gender inclusivity.

The webinar, presented in two parts, first gave insight on the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, their influence in society, and the labels and terms that emerged within the community throughout the years. This was followed with a discussion that highlighted inclusivity discussing ways on how to make members of the said community feel welcomed.

The guest speakers of the event were Attorney Chel Diokno, a lawyer, educator, and advocate for human rights, Dr. John Manuel R. Kliatchko, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and member of the Ethics Committee of the Psychological Association of the Philippines’ LGBT Special Interest Group, and Ms. Lou Sheridan Manlapaz, a project manager at Cardinal Health International Philippines.
The webinar was organized in line with the 5th SDG of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. The organizers chose to conduct a webinar on inclusivity to underscore empowerment regardless of gender.

In his short speech, Atty. Chel Diokno expressed his beliefs as a human rights lawyer that the freedom to express one’s gender identity, including one’s relationship preference is firmly included in our rights. He thanked the youth for their call to action and reiterated his support for equality, stating that the journey towards equality is admittedly an uphill climb, but he too hopes for a day that no one would be judged for their gender identity.

Dr. Kliatchko gave his discussion on gender and sexuality in the workplace, starting with the history of the LGBTQIA+ community and its influence and changes in society, one of which is the SOGIE bill. He then began his discussion on celebrating diversity and informed the participants of the many different labels and terminologies of the LGBTQIA+ community as a precursor to the goal of the SOGIE bill which is to stop discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. Dr. Kliatchko expressed that in order to do so, everyone must be informed of the basics and that starts with language and how to properly address a member of the LGBTQIA+ community as it is the very first step towards inclusivity.
The second and last speaker, Ms. Manlapaz, shared her experiences in life and the workplace as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She began her discussion by applying the information from the previous lecture and discussing what one should do if their child, family member, friend, or co-worker is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She expressed that in order for one to be inclusive they must first initiate the conversation regarding the topic, following that, by being well-informed, one would be able to show their full support towards their friends and family, and lastly, support from the community will follow. She reiterated that an inclusive workforce starts with having a conversation, and from there, allies and members of the LGBTQIA+ community can further help and make society a better place.
The course facilitator, Mr. Gian Carlo M. Ledesma, concluded the event with his closing remarks by expressing his advocacy for the needs and rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. He stated that while the community has had challenges and successes throughout history, society still has a long way to go to achieve the desired acceptance and treatment for the LGBTQIA+ community.



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Ong, Flores of Office of QS/THE Rankings represent UST in Virtual QS Reimagine Education Conference and Awards 2021 –


The Deputy Director of the Office of QS/THE Rankings, Engr. Nestor R. Ong, MSIE, PIE, ASEAN Eng and his Office Assistant, Mr. Vien Vic G. Flores, MS, AFP attended the 5-day Virtual QS Reimagine Education Conference 2021 based on the ASIA and Europe/US program agenda.

 

The conference allowed Ong and Flores to participate in several pocket webinars that covered topics such as Challenging Traditional Quality Metrics in Higher Education, Proven Approaches to Online Leadership and Teacher Development, The Age of Online Learning – Working towards an evaluative framework, Lessons Learnt from Reimagine Education, Developing and Implementing a Winning Product Roadmap, and Gamification and Game Design Theory in the Classroom.

They also attended challenging, timely and relevant panel discussions about Embedding SDGs in Universities’ DNA, Measuring Impact – Tech for SDGs, Learning and Thriving in the New Normal, Pioneering Educational Models, AI For Personalized Student Success, The Entrepreneurial University, Designing Education for Collective Intelligence, and Virtual Projects as New Internships – Future 17 Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Program. Some of the more valuable conversations centered around questioning the status quo and discussing the balance of technology in the classroom and learning skills along with knowledge.

Ong said, “To our pleasant surprise, this Reimagine Education Conference provides us with a great way for all of us to share and exchange ideas with other professionals from different countries and from different background as well as discovering new collaborations with some of the brilliant or talented educators and innovators who attended the conference.” He also added, ”It was inspiring to hear many different perspectives on education and technology associated with the various innovations in the educational environment which was a great opportunity to also appreciate each other’s work as we all strive for common goals in a new normal setting.”

Ong and Flores’ efforts in attending almost every conference program agenda and active participation in each session were recognized when the University recently received an invitation from the 9th edition of Wharton- QS Reimagine Education Awards (2022 Global Education Award and Global EdTech Award) to submit an entry focusing on innovative projects on enhancing student learning outcomes and employability.

This call for applications is being coordinated with Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Asst. Prof. Anna Cherylle M. Ramos, Director of the Educational Technology Center, for our potential participation in their global awards category where the submission deadline is 16th September 2022. Judges will announce the shortlisted projects on 15th October 2022.

All shortlisted projects’ teams will be invited to present their innovation at the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Conference, where, after a pitch competition for the 10 top-scoring projects, the winners will be selected by the Grand Jury, and awarded on the final day of the conference.

The Reimagine Education Conference brought together a community of people, especially leaders working to enhance education in a variety of ways. Reimagine Education is a global conference and competition, open to educational innovators from all around the globe. The conference brings together edtech startups, academic faculty from top institutions, chief innovation officers, university leadership, teachers, and other stakeholders in the future of higher education teaching and learning.

The Reimagine Education Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of Education – reward innovative approaches that enhance student learning outcomes and employability, offering $50,000 in funding to the overall winners.

The Reimagine Education Competition & Conference has continued to grow every year, attracting record numbers of applicants and delegates. Delegate feedback has been broadly positive, recognizing the need for a forum that brings to the forefront the most pressing questions facing contemporary educators.

 



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USTGS-CCCPET facilitates CBCP-ECCHC’s 12th Biennial National Convention of Church Heritage Workers –


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (ECCHC) 12th Biennial National Convention of Church Heritage Workers was held online via Zoom from May 16 to 18, 2022 after its postponement from the previous year due to the strict COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Hosted by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila (RCAM), the assembly was titled, “Church Heritage: Beyond the Q’s (Quarantine and Quincentenary).” The RCAM provided an overview of the archdiocesan church heritage conservation programs with presentations from RCAM Archivist Fr. Albert Cecilio A. Flores, Quiapo Church Engineer Bernard Q. Lasala, and RCAM Conservator Ms. Ma. Lourdes Po. The conference covered four subthemes that were competently tackled by clergy and lay speakers. On Church Heritage Recovery Programs, the speakers and their topics were Fr. Augusto Jesus B. Angeles III, who gave a presentation titled “Restoration of Vinzons Church”; Fr. Jonathan Calleja, who delivered a lecture titled “Restoration Effort on Churches of Albay after Typhoon Rolly”; and Fr. Mark Vincent D. Salang, who shared a discussion titled “Response to Churches of Southern Leyte after Typhoon Odette.” On Church Organizing and Programming, the speakers and their projects were Mr. Marlou O. Castillo, who presented the “San Jose Archives Project”; Fr. Paul Nicklaus C. Woo, who talked about the “Heritage Programs of Caloocan Diocese”; and Fr. Jonas A. Awayan, who discussed the “Conservation Management Plan of Jasaan Church.”

For Church Heritage Research and Documentation, the speakers were Dr. Cheek Fadriquela, who gave a presentation on the “Pronto Socorro Extensive Research”; and Br. Mervin G. Lomague, O.P., who shared a discussion on the “Dominican Church Heritage Charter.” Lastly, for Church Heritage Contestation, the speakers were Ms. Marianne Claire V. Vitug, who presented the “San Sebastian Basilica Contestation”; and Mr. Francis Ong who talked about the “Return of the Santo Nino de Malitbog.” The CBCP-ECCHC is chaired by His Eminence Bishop Julito B. Cortes, D.D., with Fr. Milan Ted D. Torralba as the Secretary-General. USTGS-CCCPET has served as the Secretariat since 1999 with Assoc. Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo, Ph.D. as National Coordinator, and Ms. Beverly M. Bautista as Technical Assistant. 



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Mercado, Andalecio of CTHM publish books on Philippine Pancit culinary heritage, Laguna traditional craftsmanship –


College of Tourism and Hospitality Management academic staff Mr. Jame Monren T. Mercado and Mr. Avi Ben P. Andalecio published books on culture and heritage under the Department of Foreign Affairs – Foreign Service Institute (DFA FSI). Mercado and Andalecio published Pancit 101: Dishes of Luzon, documentation of recipes of different Pancit dishes from Luzon Island, Philippines. The documentation is the output from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Research Award for an Individual Category last 2019.

One hundred and one pancit dishes from eight regions were included. The book is also co-authored by Ms. Evelyn O. Katigbak, the Head of the Publishing Section of DFA FSI, and edited by Madame Priscila R. Confiado of the Philippine Ambassadors’ Ladies Association (PALA). The book was officially launched on June 02, 2022, at Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Administrative Building. It was presided over by Hon. Loren B. Legarda, Senator of the Republic of the Philippines. Mercado also co-authored a coffee table book, Women of Laguna: Continuing Old Traditions, published by DFA FSI and the Office of Financial Management Services and PALA.

The coffee table book highlights the heritage significance of five traditional Laguna craftsmanship embedded in Filipina Lagunense. Five towns were highlighted, namely, Taka from Paete, Burda of Lumban, Paglalala from the towns of Cavinti and Pila, and Tsinalas of Liliw. The documentation output is the product of the NCCA Research Award for an Individual Category last 2021, awarded to four researchers from different academic institutions. Aside from Mercado, the researchers are Mr. Allan Paul Romero-Tang from Miriam College Quezon City, Dr. Marygrace A. Ac-ac from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde Manila, and Dr. Lilibeth C. Aragon from the Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila.

The coffee table book is also co-authored by Mr. Edgar Allan M. Sembrano, a contributor from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The book was officially launched on June 13, 2022 (Monday) at Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Building. It was presided over by Madame Ma. Lourdes Barcelon Locsin.



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