October 5, 2019
“Are you free?” This conundrum resonated in every heart and mind present in the room last September 26, Thursday. The Communicators’ League held its yearly Commvention at the University Theatre of Holy Angel University (HAU) with the theme Disenthrall: Revolution in Retrospect which aims to portray and express the real freedom from the bondages of silence.
There were twelve (12) schools that accepted the call and came all the way from their hometowns just to witness and be a part in this year’s Commvention. These schools were Baliuag University, Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU), Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Columban College, Gordon College, Jocson College, Mondriaan Aura College, Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU), Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), Saint Mary’s Angels College of Pampanga (SMACP), Tarlac State University (TSU), and Wesleyan University.
Senior high school students, BA Communication students and publication officers from HAU were also present during the event. There were also five (5) visiting schools—Angeles City Science High School, Don Bosco Academy, Holy Family Academy, Republic Central Colleges, and St. Scholastica’s Academy.
The program officially started at 9:00AM as the HAU chorale led the invocation and the singing of the Philippine national anthem. It was followed by the welcoming remarks of the HAU’s Dean of School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Janette R. Rodriguez. The Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ms. Edna Marizza C. Santos, inspired the students and professors through her heartwarming message. Mr. Miguel Campanilla and Ms. Jhuniella Salalac, the masters of ceremony, were introduced after the spoken word with interpretative dance prepared and performed by the league.
One of the highlights of the event was the appearance of famous personalities and how they imparted their expertise to the delegates. The whole theatre was filled with laughter and excitement as Mr. Jason Paul Laxamana, the first speaker, shared his journey as a director and how he expresses Kapampangan pride in his works! Followed by the second speaker, the creative director of Long Story Short, Mr. Lec Flores showed how creative commercials were put into life and that being crazy is the key to an effective advertisement. Mr. Raffy Tima, a journalist for GMA Network, came in as the final speaker. Eyes from the crowd were focused on him as he presented his work as reporter for 21 years. Each speaker opened a forum to entertain queries from the audience.
Competitions were also held at the event. First contest is METANOIA: Live Extemporaneous Speech. Audio-visual presentations created by the universities for the contest SHRILL were also viewed. Another competition is GNASH: Live Radio Drama. The winners for each competition are as follows:
Tarlac State University bagged once again the first place Overall Champion, while BPSU gained 2nd place overall champion and Gordon College ranked as 3rd place overall champion.
Priceless smiles were etched on every face with hearts filled with joy and triumph. It all goes down to this—media will keep on evolving. No matter how it was always challenged by oppressors, it will never fail to break free from all possible restraint, uniting people all the way. May the Filipino people not just see a glimpse of freedom rather be fully immersed and experience the authenticity of this freedom that was passionately fought for. The communicators were disenthralled from the strong grip of silence. It’s time to speak for the truth.