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The Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), represented by its secretariat, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) with the cooperation of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC), is looking for the best commemorative poster, radio plug and short video.

The contest aims to encourage and enhance public awareness of the killing of journalists and the culture of impunity as part of the commemoration of the first anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Join the 2010 Multimedia Competition now!!

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The themes of the competition in each category (poster, radio plug, and short video) are the following:

Ending the culture of impunity
The media’s public service role
Democracy and the killing of journalists


Currently enrolled tertiary level students/student teams from all universities/colleges/schools in the Philippines may join. Proof of current enrollment must accompany the entries.

Participant/s must submit only original work. They may submit as many entries as desired in any category.


a. Poster Category

  • Each entry must be in a “clean compre” form and must be on A3 size paper.
  • The poster must be mounted on an illustration board.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a soft copy, jpeg format, in a standard CD. There should be only one entry per CD.
  • The CD must contain a “thumbnail” of the poster.

b. Radio Category

  • Length must be at least 30 seconds and 60 seconds at most.
  • Radio plug must be in mp3 or wmv format.
  • Radio plug in mp3 or wmv format and script must be contained in two (2) CDs with only one entry per pair of CDs.

c. Video Category

  • Length must be at least 30 seconds and 60 seconds at most.
  • Video must be in avi or mpg format.
  • Video in avi or mpg format and script must be contained in two (2) DVDs with only one entry per pair of DVDs.


Deadlines for submission of entries:

  • Poster Category – October 11
  • Radio Category – October 20
  • Video Category – October 29


The members of the Board of Directors of the FFFJ will serve as contest judges. The decision of the board shall be final.

All entries shall become the property of the contest organizers and may be used for their continuing advocacy campaigns.


A total of P120,000 will be awarded to the winners. The number of prizes will depend on the Board of Judges’ evaluation of the quality of the entries.

The names of the finalists will be announced a week before November 22. The winners will be announced in ceremonies on November 22 hosted by CMFR and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), with Southeast Asian journalists in attendance.


This feature story has been published on, September 20, 2010

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Based on form and content, this article was evaluated by my  professor and my classmates in our online journalism class. It was pointed out in our class that the headline was catchy and has the capacity to tickle the curiosity of foreigners. I agree with what one of  my classmates said that the story needed more direct quotes and interviews from the different people who visit the campus on Sundays. It was also indicated that the article ended abruptly in a sense that it had no concluding statement or question.

UPIU mentor Tim Maier had a similar suggestion when he advised me to get more direct quotes from the students, skateboarders, and other visitors and add them to my story. I had an opportunity to interview more people last Sunday, but due to time constraints and unfavorable weather I failed to do so. I plan to get more interviews this upcoming Sunday. Mr. Maier also praised my ironic lead and my visual presentation of the campus. I took note of all the comments and recommendations and made the necessary revisions.

Top Philippine school becomes a weekly recreational haven

By Mark Christian Manalang

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), known for its high-quality education and diverse campus culture, is one of the loudest, busiest and most active academic institutions in the country. But on Sundays, this century-old state university becomes a quiet and peaceful haven for Sunday strollers, fitness buffs, and nature lovers.

The Academic Oval or Acad Oval, which is at the heart of the campus, is closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays making the 2.2-kilometer long track an exclusive recreational venue for people of all ages and interests. This transformation makes the campus practically everyone’s backyard.

“In normal days, UP Diliman is a simple university like others where people go in and go out, but on weekends especially on Sundays the atmosphere changes because it becomes more of a recreational park. Many people can jog around, play, and it’s also free. There is clean air and there are no cars,” said Delburg Mitchao, a 2nd year UPD student who resides and frequently jogs in the campus.

The usual noise and smoke pollution belched out by motorized vehicles are practically nonexistent. The thousands of students, professors, and occasional activists who populate the campus are gone as well.

With the usual campus atmosphere gone, how then would the campus look like? Here are the three things that would best describe UPD’s Sunday scenery:

A fitness and recreation facility

Spending your Sundays at the UPD campus is a great way of taking time out of the urban landscape and enjoying the cheap and simple thrills in life.

The Sunday ambiance is so peaceful and quiet that even the chirps of the birds can be heard. Plus, being car-less for the whole day makes the area practically pollution free.

As early as 5 a.m., hundreds to thousands of joggers, bikers and other persons who have other recreational activities in mind flock the Acad Oval for a peaceful and fun-filled day.

Even local celebrities like Piolo Pascual, Matt Evans,  and KC Concepcion occasionally prefer the campus as a fit jogging location.

Nestle Project Coordinator Sonny Pineda, who regularly uses the oval as a venue for Nestle’s wellness and fitness activities, said that the oval is conducive for promoting a healthy lifestyle among the Filipinos.

Families from all over the Metro Manila region treat the oval as a park by doing all sorts of pleasing activities. Badminton and volleyball are among the sporting events that these families engage in. Groups and individuals also use the oval as a suitable place for aerobics and for walking their dogs. Some teenagers use the humps of the oval to hone their skateboarding skills.

The Gen. Antonio Luna Parading Grounds, commonly known as the Sunken Garden, would be used for most part of the day as a playing field for soccer and ultimate frisbee.

Some would simply laze in the shade while reading a book. Using mats as beds, others would simply go here to have a relaxing outdoor nap. On windy Sundays, some would engage in kite flying.

A huge art exhibit

With a more pleasant atmosphere, the campus and the numerous works of art it contains are better appreciated.

The Acad Oval, which consists of the Osmeña and Roxas avenues, is surrounded by many natural and man-made masterpieces.

The Oblation statue, the most iconic figure in UPD, is a sculpture of a young naked man with his arms spread wide and head held up, looking skyward. This sculpture, crafted by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino, signifies the act of offering oneself in the service of the nation.

Most of the buildings that surround the oval showcase the mid-20th century architecture. The Quezon Hall, which houses the university administration, is buttressed by huge pillars reminiscent of neoclassical architecture.

At the rear of Quezon Hall is the amphitheatre which leads to the UPD Donors Garden, where National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s Tres Marias sculpture can be found.

Photographers, both amateurs and professionals, extend their appreciation by ensuring that they would go home with a souvenir shot of these classical and historic works of art.

The beauty of the lush greenery in UPD is another feast for the eyes. There are 281 acacia trees lining the oval with 109 on the outer lane and 172 on the inside.

Elsewhere in the campus various trees can be found – Molave, Narra or Burmese rosewood, Fire trees, Mahogany and rare species like the Earpod and Sorrowless trees.

A romantic love lounge

At around 6 p.m., when the sun is down and street lamps are finally lit up, the whole area instantly becomes a lovers’ lounge.

By this time some, joggers are still present but most people are simply basking the romantic ambiance with their special someone.

After being a playing field for most of the day, the sunken garden turns into a perfect venue for romantic picnics. Most of the couples are seen near this area while some do slow walks around the oval.

Having said all this, is not a Sunday in UPD the perfect time and place for rest, relaxation, and recreation?