ABS-CBN recently held the “Bayan Mo, iPatrol Mo” event at
the FAITH campus. More than a thousand people came to the event and registered
as bayan patrollers or citizen journalists. Aside from FAITH students, there
were barangay and sangunian kabataan officials who came as well as volunteers
from NGOs such as the Rotary Clubs of Tanauan and Metro Tanauan and Sto. Tomas,
organization of senior citizens, and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible
Voting (PPCRV). Students from other colleges in Batangas also participated in
Media veteran Inday Varona, reporters Atom Araullo and Sol
Aragones, and COMELEC Commissioner James Jimenez gave talks on the use of
social media for social change, voting responsibly, and citizen journalism.
Representatives from PPCRV and FAITH also shared their views on how any citizen
can help in the quest for clean and honest elections.
Aside from the talks, there were also live performances from
singers Sitti Navarro and Duncan Ramos. FAITH students likewise rendered an
interpretive dance performance.
FAITH BA Communication students prepared an MTV using Carly
Rae Jepsen’s popular song “Call Me, Maybe” with their own lyrics about what
Filipinos should do to prepare for the coming 2013 elections. The students also
had a dance performance using the same song after the MTV presentation.
One of the crowd’s favorite parts of the program was the
“FlipTop Rap Battle.” Unlike the usual FlipTop, however, the contenders were
given topics on relevant issues as basis for their rap. Rommel Manzanero, 3rd
year BA Communication student, won the battle and the took home the P5,000
The event also served as a venue for FAITH students,
parents, and employees to share their blessings to the flood victims. FAITH
turned-over the bags and boxes of food items, clothes, and blankets to ABS-CBN
for distribution through the Sagip-Kapamilya relief operations.
This meaningful and relevant program was part of the
celebration of the 2nd School of Humanities fair.