Manicad inspires youth through free journalism seminar

Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad, GMA News & Public Affairs broadcast journalist, brought his free journalism seminar titled “Inspiring the Youth: Free Journalism Seminar for TV, Documentary, & Film” to UP Los Baños DL Umali Auditorium on August 30.

According to Manicad, the free seminar is his response to some “costly” seminars on journalism.

“Why not gawin na nating free kung kakayanin naman natin,” tells Manicad.

Manicad shared his unforgettable experiences and learning while doing TV reporting and production during the seminar. He also gave several tips in doing TV reporting.

Prior to Manicad’s talk, the seminar also featured Marnie Manicad, film and documentary director, and TV producer, and Maricar Cinco, Philippine Daily Inquirer Southern Luzon correspondent.

Marnie Manicad shared her experiences directing films such as the “Dance of the Steel Bars” with Dingdong Dantes and Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin.

“Find it in your heart to know what it is you want to do, and dapat masaya ka sa ginagawa mo,” advised Manicad.

Her other film “Inside Malacañang” was also showed after her talk.  It is a National Geographic Channel Documentary which features special areas inside the Palace and the people who are always with the president to ensure his safety, and protect his image.

On the other hand, Cinco discussed about writing for print media with focus on the basic steps on writing news stories. She emphasized the importance of having confidence when it comes to writing, through which perfection is not necessary.

Students who attended the seminar were inspired and delighted after listening to the three speakers.

The seminar was the second run of Manicad’s Free Journalism Seminar.  The first one was in SM San Pablo held last June 29.

The seminar was sponsored by the Office of Public Relations of the Office of the Chancellor, UP Los Baños; along with Grace & Truth Christian College, UP Community Broadcasters’ Society, National Geographic Channel, Jiggy Manicad Learning Program, and Department of Education (DepEd) Region 4A CALABARZON.

Manicad is an alumnus of UP Los Baños, a graduate of BA Communication Arts Class 1994. (Arron Lucius B. Herbon)

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