NMC 2017 Breathes New Life Into An Old Medium

Using Radio Drama For Evangelization Speaker Rev. Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD during Day 2 of NMC 2017 in Cebu. (Photo credit: Annaliza Bruce)

Catechize the Youth through radio dramas was the echoing call of three speakers during Day 2, August 15, 2017, of the 3rd National Media Convention held in Lahug, Cebu.

Speaking for The Strength Of Religious Radio Drama Breakout Session, the three speakers actually shared one thing in common: they were all hooked to radio dramas when they were growing up and never knew their fascination would develop into a lifelong career.

“Radio is the real mobile medium, that’s why it was known as companion medium,” bravely declared Rev. Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD during the talk on Using Radio Drama for Evangelization.

He said that radio has reinvented itself with the advent of new technology. He urged NMC 2017 participants to try radio drama for catechizing to those who are in far-flung and needy communities.

Meanwhile, the two other speakers for the session shared their experiences in producing dramas for radio.

“A radio play is a result of a mixture of inspiration, talent & craftsmanship, and patience,” revealed Writing Scripts for Religious Radio Drama speaker Rev. Fr. Reynaldo Cui. He admitted he began writing radio dramas only in the last two years.

Mr. Buen Algono of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), on the other hand, delved on the different production requirements of radio drama. He gave tips on how to use dialogue, music, and sound effects, among others, to produce a powerful radio drama.

The session ended with a 15-minute Filipino radio drama adapted from the parable of The Prodigal Son.

Spearheaded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) Chaired by the Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD, the National Media Convention was held outside of Luzon for the first time.

NMC was initially hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila in St. Pius Center before it was hosted by the Diocese of Imus in Tagaytay’s Angels Hills. This year’s Convention is hosted by the Archdiocese of Cebu. (~Maria Mercedes Robles)