Monday, November 10, 2014


“Ang pamilyang Pilipino ay haligi ng lipunan ngunit gumagalaw rin ito sa nasabing lipunan. Ang pagiging maalam at mapanuri ng pamilya ukol sa mga palabas sa telebisyon at pelikula ay dapat na umalingawngaw sa lipunan. Society after all is our larger family. The rating system will be nothing if the family and society will not be able to understand and use it well...We have to be on our guard...” were excerpts from the opening remarks of Chairman Toto Villareal. He encouraged everyone to pass on to their families and friends alike whatever learning they will bring home.
Chairman Toto Villareal acknowledged the participants of this summit coming from the different sectors and religious institutions. He emphasized that the family is the basic foundation of society and that we should uphold the dignity of the family, the human persons especially the children, the women and persons of disabilities, all under a culture of age appropriate and audience-sensitive entertainment. He welcomed the presence of the different special guests, the new volunteer board members and deputies from the RP Dragon Boat Team, from the Diplomatic Sector and the Executive Director of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications of the CBCP, Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson.
The summit marked the 29th anniversary celebration of MTRCB as Chaiman Toto unveiled the 2015 2nd Info-mercial of the MTRCB featuring Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo, which promotes the different ratings in the movie and television review. A tool created to develop parental awareness of the program with MTRCB as guide. It also empowers the parents to be the primary educators of their children. Mr. Jose “Joey” Reyes directed the info-mercial.
Chairman Toto thanked all of the stake holders and Board Members and Staff of MTRCB for a very successful event. He issued a final statement calling the attention of Law Makers, to pass direct laws for the MTRCB. Meanwhile, he reviewed the “sensitivity and self-regulations” that was discussed in the speeches and panel discussions can be applied in all forms of media. He reminded the contingents to be firm and to take a stand on issues relevant to our ideals.
The Diocese of Pasig Media Ministers attended the MTRCB 2nd Family and Child Summit dubbed as “Matalinong Panonood para sa Pamilya at Lipunan nina Juan at Juana” at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City last November 8, 2014. The Parish and School Media Ministers were tapped by His Excellency Most Reverend Mylo Hubert Vergara, Bishop of Pasig and Head of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), not only to animate media in the Diocese of Pasig but to help promote responsible viewership in movies and television as well.
An ecumenical prayer led by Rev. Fr. Arnold Abelardo (LRC), Pastor Dennis Sy (Victory Church Ecumenical Formator and Speaker), Bro. Rommel Sanvictores (Station Manager of INC Pilipinas), and MTRCB Vice Chairperson Emmanuel Borlaza started the program.
Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo talked about the role of the family in promoting responsible viewership in films and television.
“How do you censor? How do you classify all the information that is available for our children?” Congresswoman Leni asked the audience. She believes the MTRCB is doing its job fully well. But she continued to ask if MTRCB has sufficient authority or does it have the right regulations to control the information that are very much accessible to our children.
Then she suggested that we should give emphasis to the value formation in the family and said, “Quality time comes after quantity time. Presence of the parents is what is lacking now and we need to be on the same wave length of our children. Assimilation of action is more important than assimilation of words.” And she ended with “Practice what you preach and spend as much time with your children.” Her challenge is to come up with thoroughly studied measures that will regulate social media in the internet which so many children have access to. She pointed out that parents have the biggest responsibility in value formation.
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” A. Aquino said that his goal is to come up with legislations in the senate and to support government agencies that are doing an exemplary job. He talks about the impacts of social media in the Filipinos. He emphasized that the role of families and institutions today are very important. We have to teach our children to be more critical with what they see, hear, and read. The family should be more protected and ready to analyze and discern information together. Finally he said, “The MTRCB should not do it alone and we should face the challenge together.”
MTRCB Board members Gladys Reyes, Alex and Judy Insay plus celebrity couple Paolo and Suzy Abrera dwelled on the topic “Family TV and Film Viewing” in a panel discussion that was facilitated by BMs Jackie and Kata.
First Placer Aira b. Magbanua of Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School, Second Placer Cynnikate Godinez and Third Placer Drandreb E. Angelitud both from Bagong Silangan Elementary School were awarded with cash prizes and certificates as winners of the MTRCB poster-making contest.
Children’s Film Festival contributors: Iran Embassy and Chinese Embassy representatives, Directors Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil and Ditsi Carolino were awarded with plaques of appreciation
Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, EJ Falcon, Jovit Baldivino, Princess Velasco, Michael Pangilinan and Ms. Diva Montelaba were the guest celebrity entertainers of the day.
Board Members Jackie Aquino and Bobby Andrews hosted the morning session while Board Member Gabby Concepcion and Ms. Kata Inocencio hosted the afternoon event. (Conrad Alvez)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pasig Media attends 2nd Family and Child Summit

QUEZON CITY - Members of the Ministry of Media and Public Affairs from different parishes of the Diocese of Pasig attended the Movie and Television Classification Review (MTRCB)’s 2nd Family and Child Summit held yesterday (November 8) at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City to help promote responsible viewership in movies and television.
With the theme “Matalinong Panonood Para sa Pamilya at Lipunan Nina Juan at Juana,” the summit aims to empower parents and adults in developing the viewing habits of the young audience.
Fr. Lito Jopson said MTRCB Chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal has invited a contingent from the Diocese of Pasig to be led by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara to grace the event.
Father Jopson said the Pasig Diocese in response to the invitation, organized the Ministry of Media and Public Affairs and invited all parish priests, media ministers, and school directors within the diocese to join the summit.
MTRCB Chair Villareal said the summit also intends to further strengthen their collaboration with stakeholders to promote a value-oriented and audience-sensitive media and entertainment culture.
The gathering, culminating the MTRCB’s 29th anniversary celebration, was attended by some 300 participants from the movie industry, academe, parish and lay organizations particularly members of the different parishes’ Media Ministry as well as parents and students.
Keynote speakers of the summit include Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino and Congress Representative Atty. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. There was also a panel discussion with MTRCB Board Member Gladys Reyes, celebrity couple Paolo and Suzi Abrera, and Alex and Judy Tinsay.
The MTRCB also launched its new 2015 informercial featuring the Agoncillo family of Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo and directed by Dir. Jose Javier Reyes, DGPI.
Towards the end of the one-day summit, winners of the MTRCB poster-making contest from different schools in Metro Manila were announced and awarded with cash prices, plaques and certificates.
Likewise, directors, embassy representatives and the Quezon City Film Development Commission were recognized for showcasing their films on MTRCB’s Children’s Classics at the QC Cinema Film Festival held recently.
The event was hosted in the morning by Board Members Bobby Andrews and Jacky Aquino while Board Member Gabby Concepcion and Ms. Kata Inocencio hosted the afternoon session. (Report by  Lou Echano Dominguiano, Jose Bobby Casimiro, Ramon Nate)

Liturgical seminars and Advent recollection schedules bared

PASIG - The Ministry of Liturgical Affairs has lined up the following renewal programs, liturgical conferences, and Advent recollection this November 2014.  The activities are scheduled as follows:
Renewal programs for Lectors and Commentators and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) on Saturday, November 15 at St. Paul College Convention Hall from 7 AM to 12 noon and 1 to 5:30 PM, respectively.  Participants are to be duly endorsed by the Parish Priest pending attendance at mandatory formation programs in their parishes if there are any; otherwise, they will not be recommended for renewal; 

The Liturgical Conference on the seasons of Advent and Christmas scheduled on November 22 from 8 AM till 12 noon at the San Felipe Hall, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Formation Center, Pasig City.  Seven delegates from each parish who are requested to participate consist of the Worship Ministry Coordinator and the respective Chairpersons of the following sub-ministries: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Greeters and Collectors, Altar Servers, MBG, and Music Ministry.

Meanwhile, there has been a change of schedule of the Diocesan Advent Recollection from December 6 to November 29, Saturday, 7 AM - 12 Noon at the Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish.  Fifty participants per parish are requested to attend.

The Liturgical Affairs Ministry reminds the renewing liturgical ministers of the "no renewal, no service" policy of the diocese. (Report by Fr. Jopson)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mass for deceased clergy of Pasig

PASIG - Pasig Chancellor Fr. Mar Baranda called on the parish priests to send at least five parishioners to attend the Mass for the deceased Clergy of the Diocese of Pasig at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to be presidec by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara on November 24, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pagbibihis sa imahe ng Imaculada Concepcion ng Pasig

Vocation Gathering slated this November 2014

File Photo by Tin Aquino

PASIG - In celebration of the Diocesan Vocation Month, the commission on Vocation initiated a Youth Gathering titled "Living God's call: Mercy and Compassion" to be held on November 14 -1 5, 2014 at the Pasig Catholic College Gymnasium.

This overnight event starting 7 P.M. will be participated in by youth and young professionals from the different parishes of the Diocese.   Aimed at promoting vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, the gathering will also prepare the youth for the forthcoming Visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis to the Philippines.

Commission head Fr. Loreto Sanchez, Jr. invites the parish priests to send 20 - 30 youth delegates from from the Altar Servers Ministry and Parish Youth Ministry especially those in senior high school, college or young professionals who would consider committing themselves to God.  Registration is free.

Kindly bring sit-up mats, bottled water, jackets, and medicines if necessary.  Midnight snacks and breakfast will be provided by the Commission.  (REPORT BY FR. LITO JOPSON)