TORONTO–Ten practitioners from print and broadcast media formalized their membershipto the Philippine Press Club Ontario (PPCO) by taking their oath during the organization’s
triple-event celebration — 13th Anniversary, Induction of New Members, and
Another Ten (10) members who were unable to attend will be formally inducted
into the organization during its next major event, according to PPCO President Rose
Tijam. This batch of a total of 17 members is the largest group approved for induction to
the PPCO, according to Romy Zetazate, Chairman of the PPCO Membership Committee.
The seventeen members joined the organization during the terms of the previous PPCO
President Hermie Garcia, and the current President Tijam. Marivel Taruc, CBC senior reporter and TV host of Our Toronto, officiated the
oath-taking ceremonies for the new members: Jeff Rustia, Rachelle Cruz, Veronica Silva,Michelle Ramos, Ramon Lansangan, Anjo Pallasigui, Bong Molano, Gian Carlo Bobilla,
Sheila Calica and Jaime Padiernos. (The other members who were unable to attend the
induction ceremonies were: Ted H. Dayno, Minerva Garcia, Daisy Gutierrez-Domingo,
Rhea Gamana, Yshmael Cabana, Macelle Delgado, Beatrice Paez, Judith Gonzales,
Sheng Maligsay, and Amelia Insigne.)
Taruc, a prominent CBC journalist for two decades, an Honorary Member ofthe PPCO who was recently recognized and awarded for Outstanding Journalism by the
National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC), delivered the event’s
Keynote Address. She emphasized among other things, that journalism is a profession
that carries a great responsibility. “It is a profession with a constant effort to always be
accurate, to always be objective, and to always be fair,” she says.
The event also featured guest speakers Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Senator Tobias
Enverga, and Consul General Junever Mahilum-West. Just like Taruc, Oliver and Enverga
mentioned the role journalists play and risks they take in performing their jobs,
sometimes involving the ultimate sacrifi ce, such as what happened to some of the victims
of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre, where 32 of the 57 victims killed were journalists.
Mahilum-West emphasized how community journalism helps inform and bring to
their attention news that is useful. She says the consulate general would not have easily
known the state and level of maturity, and readiness of Filipino participation in the recent
numbers and the names of the Filipino-Canadian candidates. “We would not have known
this by ourselves,” she said.
Pastor Teck Uy of Friends of Jesus Christ Church and President of the Filipino
Ministerial Fellowship Ontario, had earlier delivered a meaningful invocation fi t for the
occasion. As he invoked for the protection of journalists from harm in a risky profession
that aims to seek the truth, he also called for prayers for the Maguindanao Massacre victims,the majority of them journalists.
The event was also attended by a representative of the National Ethnic Press and MediaCouncil of Canada, and members of community organizations, and businesses. The
event also featured well-applauded singing numbers by local performers Kevin Perada,
Rohra Ann Nacorda, and Gian Carlo Bobilla. A raffl e of donated prices added to the
night’s excitement. Dancing among the guests followed, to the DJ music of Bong Molano.
The event, emceed by Jeff Rustia involved the participation of all the members ofthe Board, with PPCO President Tijam doing the welcome address and introduction of
PPCO; Jojo Taduran introducing the keynote speaker Marivel Taruc, and Joe Damasco
delivering the closing remarks.
Except for an early confusing start regarding guest seating arrangements, the eventturned out well, with the big help of the registration volunteers, Fe Taduran and Shirley Perada. For them and the Board, there was no task, big or small, that was not important to make the event a success. (MAG)
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