The just-concluded 3rd National Media Convention (NMC 2017) held in Cebu City last August 14-17, 2017 proved to be a rewarding experience for the delegates of the Diocese of Novaliches–inspiring them to intensify their evangelization duties using newly-learned tools for storytelling.
“The Media Convention reaffirmed the reality that we are all visual learners, a reminder that presses on now as important and urgent in doing new evangelization,” said the Diocese’s Social Communications & Media Ministry (SocComm) Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi, who led the eight-member delegation.
He noted the challenges that beset today’s Christianity and that it is in a crisis mode, stating, “We are losing the young, not doing well in maintaining the ‘old,’ and not having more appeal to the unlettered.”
“As Media Communicators, we shall continue to ‘walk’ by faith, but always learning and re-learning how to ‘run’ the race with the rest of Christianity, using our ‘faith-sight,’ via visual tools in a dash,” he added.
Nuestra Señora De La Paz Y Buen Viaje Parish‘s Maria Mercedes Robles, realizing her need to upgrade her technology skills in order to be more effective with Youth, added, “It is urgent for us to set clear directions for evangelizing to more people, particularly the Millenials and Generation Z, in order to stem the worrisome departure of many Catholics from the Church.”
However, he said there are many options aside from Facebook that can lure them back to Church like theater and pocket filmmaking as taught in NMC 2017.
“Pocket films as a form of evangelization may encourage the Youth to be interested in Church again,” he concluded.
“Let us stop the spread of fake news and stop doing what one speaker in the Convention said that the one who talks dirty get the public trust,” Sto. Nino De Congreso Parish‘s Annaliza Bruce said pertaining to the need to promote good news and to not glamorize bad events.
The Latin phrase, Nemo Dat Quod Non Habet, repeated at the Convention, confirmed St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe ParishSt. Maximillian Mary Kolbe Parish‘s Glenn Virgil Velasco’s belief that “indeed, we cannot give what we do not have.”
“It is the subtleties and nuances, as we live our faith, that count the most when we tell our stories in any of the media platforms we have learned in the Convention. The most important instrument we have is ourselves as it is us who will share our stories, our encounters with Christ,” he emphasized.
While his Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Chair Willard Grageda, who was also present during the Convention, shared, “I have been so influenced by the Communication tools I learned in the Convention and I will use them in the evangelization programs of our Parish…They have spurred me to continue with my mission to spread the Good News, empower people, make fraternal connections and build communities.”
SocComm Nova Lay Coordinator Minnie Abigail Agdeppa, on the other hand, summed up the Convention’s experience through her learnings, “There’s a need now to shift my mindset as a Catholic Communicator from that of an ‘Agent of Hope and Joy’ to that of an ‘Experience Collector creating a Culture of Encounter through Social Media’.”
The Diocese of Novaliches was one of the biggest delegations during NMC 2017, which was attended by 128 SocComm Directors and workers from all over the Country. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)