Last September 23, 2006 , the Media Critics Club attended a seminar entitled: Media Literacy: Opening the Doors to One’s Identity, and it turned out to be a meaningful and eye-opening experience for its participants.
The speakers and facilitators namely Josefina Santos, Gene Pamitan, Alex Balite, Marianne de Vera, Fr. Seby Palliserry, Monina Bello and Roma Agsalud are all from the University of the Philippines and are likewise media practitioners and experts in the field of broadcasting.
Their talks focused on how one’s perceptions and behavior can actually be shaped by media content.
Among the relevant topics they tackled were the effects of reality talent searches and advertisements to the television audiences, the influence of television celebrities to the youth, and the real conditions of the Overseas Filipino Workers versus their portrayals in the local mass media.
Showing great enthusiasm, the students shared their views and opinions about the topics mentioned through the games and activities like the slogan-making contest, guessing games and many more which were all prepared by the facilitators.
The seminar ended at around 12:00 noon. The paticipants went home with handouts and prizes, but more important, are valuable knowledge and awareness about media and their own identities that the students took home with them.
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