Monday, June 11, 2018

Should We Continue Pampering Media or Not?

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I don't know what to answer to this email sent by an event scheduled from 6:30pm onwards. Lol!

"Good day! This is -------------- from the PR Team of -----------. This is to confirm two slots for ---------------. However, I would like to give advance notice that we cannot offer you meals or any compensation tomorrow.

Hoping for your understanding. Thank you very much for your support.

Please have dinner elsewhere before coming to the venue. There is a section --------- reserved for media and it is near the stage. Thank you very much. Hope to see you or your representative tomorrow."

Sige po... Kain muna kami elsewhere ng dinner bago pumunta sa event ninyo...

or pupuntahan pa ba namin kayo?

I don't know if this is the same message they send to all media, but it sounds like they've been used to giving compensation, and now apologizing because they may not have the budget.

Or is the compensation and meals limited to a select few?

The "compensation" they are referring to is sometimes called "honorarium" or "talent fee" and is definitely something nice to have but not ethical for traditional media to receive since they are already receiving a regular salary from their employers (publicists, producers, network, etc)

But for bloggers who usually work independently, the provision of at least meals / snacks or refreshments and/or complimentary tokens, perks and privileges is much appreciated. Bloggers are not demanding for it, but it is highly preferred. Paano ka gaganahang mag cover at magsulat about an event kung uhaw at gutom ka na. Mahirap din yatang mag early dinner lalo na kung di ka pa gutom.

Bloggers also spend for taxis or Grab cars, invest on gadgets and tools (cameras, smartphones, tripods, laptops, action cams, etc), pay for electricity and Internet / telephone / mobile bills, try to look good with presentable clothes, etc., Bloggers don't usually have transportation provisions or reimbursable travel costs that most trad media enjoy. They don't always get to have all-expense paid trips to other cities or countries.

At least give bloggers something decent to bring back home. Enough with the mugs, notebooks, umbrellas, pens, or any other merchandize whose amount do not even come close to the actual cost spent for that day.

We are not asking for equality but maybe an equitable arrangement especially that online is now the preferred media of most businesses whose aim is to reach the most number of people, faster, cheaper and more effectively.

Enough with the prioritizing of trad media during press conferences or media coverages. It should be on a first come, first serve basis, to instill punctuality over media. It is discouraging when you made an effort to come early to a press conference, and then asked to give way to trad media.

Please stop pampering the big players, and taking for granted the little ones. Stop treating better those who are currently at the top because those at the bottom could someday be big as well. This is the same scenario why the rich keep on getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer, mainly because people are biased to the popular, influential, affluent and prominent, while opportunities are given less to those who are newbies in the game.

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Ancient Aliens’ Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Returns to Manila for HISTORY CON 2018 this August

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Fans of all things extra-terrestrial, rejoice: HISTORY’s Ancient Aliens' Giorgio A. Tsoukalos returns to Manila for HISTORY CON 2018 from August 10 to 12, 2018 at World Trade Center, Pasay City. Tsoukalos, leading contributor and co-executive producer of the show, will headline this year’s powerhouse roster of international and local celebrities to ignite fun and excitement in the third edition of a highly anticipated event.

“I am incredibly excited to be returning to Manila for HISTORY CON 2018. The Philippines is home to some of Ancient Aliens’ most passionate fans, and I look forward to delving into some of the most enduring questions surrounding Ancient Astronaut Theory and engaging in the age-old debate: did extra-terrestrial beings really help shape human history?” said Tsoukalos.

HISTORY CON is a world-class entertainment convention which garnered a record-breaking attendance of 68,800 people in 2017 and 50,000 people in 2016. HISTORY fans have been raving about Tsoukalos’ return to the Philippines since his first appearance at HISTORY CON in 2016. 


This year, Tsoukalos headlines the exclusive live session, “Mysteries of the Past with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.” Like Ancient Aliens, the special talk with limited slots available brings together truth-seekers and HISTORY fans in a discussion, debate, and exploration with the leading expert himself. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment, Ancient Aliens is a top-rating sci-fi series which explores the theory that extra-terrestrials have been visiting the Earth for millions of years.

Only those who avail of the HISTORY MAKER VIP Pass or HISTORY Maker Pass can request for slots when they attend Tsoukalos' live session.

Interested HISTORY CON fans may choose from three different ticketing categories, each with exclusive privileges: the HISTORY MAKER VIP Pass (P10,000) has only 100 limited tickets available; the HISTORY MAKER Pass (P2,500) is good for a three-day admission; and GENERAL ADMISSION Pass (P350) entitles bearers to a one-day access to the star-studded convention. Tickets are available for sale exclusively on SM Tickets. Visit for more information.

Award-winning FEU Short Films Compete in California

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Four student films from Far Eastern University will vie for the Best Short Film at FACINE 25: The 25th Annual Filipino International Cine Festival, considered the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in North America.

Boyet Loves You and Caterwaul, both directed by Josel Fajardo, Pua Iyam by Juan Pablo Pineda III and Touch Move by Frances Louise Giner made it as finalists in the event organized by the Filipino Arts and Cinema International in San Francisco, California. Fajardo, Pineda and Giner are all alumni of the FEU Film Society.

The silver anniversary of the film festival will open with the short film competition on October 18 at the San Francisco Main Library and the SF Philippine Consulate while the main competition will be held from October 19 to 21 at the historic Roxie Theater.

In Boyet Loves You, which is also a short film finalist in the CineFilipino Film Festival 2018 Open category, Gab (Sari Estrada) wants to introduce her best friend Mari (Kat Galang) to Boyet. The problem is, only she can see Boyet. The comedy-horror flick bagged the Best Film, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Performance awards at Sinepiyu 2017's Golden Reel category.

Caterwaul is a film where painful secrets are revealed at two girls' sleepover. While watching an R-rated movie, a girl (Andrei Eunice Osano) shares her first sexual experience and re-enacts it to a friend (Quennie Abuyuan), who does not know that she's in for a dark revelation. The seven-minute drama won the Gold Prize in the Viddsee Juree Philippines Awards.

In Pua Iyam (Coming Out), a young Filipino-Chinese student (Rowi Du) comes out to his childhood friend (Raphael Cruz). The short film brought home Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Lead Role at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban City, Leyte; a special citation on gender sensitivity from the first Palawan International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance and Best Poster at Sinepiyu 2017's Black Reel category; Gold Award for Best Picture, Outstanding Direction, Design Excellence and Technical Excellence awards at CineSB 7: The Main Installment's Sibol category; Best Cinematography and another special citation from Piling Obrang Vidyo XIV; and Cardinal Bronze Film Award, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography at CineMapĂșa 2018's intercollegiate category.

With characters as chess pieces, Touch Move depicts the difficulty of moving on. The film won Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Second Prize at Sinepiyu 2017's Black Reel Category. It also garnered different awards from the Ateneo Video Open, Pelikultura: The CALABARZON Film Festival and 9th Largabista Film Festival.

The short film finalists, which were selected out of 125 submissions to the competition, have a wide range of format, genre, style and subject, all 45 minutes and less in length, both student and professional works, including works by non-Filipino filmmakers with Filipinos as subject. The best short film will be awarded a $100 cash prize and Certificate of Recognition. Special citations will also be awarded in any category upon the discretion of the Jury.

Meanwhile, FACINE relaunches its main competition section with nine full-length films vying for awards in different categories. The finalists are 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten written by Jason Paul Laxamana and directed by Petersen Vargas, Bomba (The Bomb) by Ralston Jover, Kita Kita (I See You) by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Meet Me in St. Gallen by Irene Emma Villamor, Melodrama/Random/Melbourne by Matthew Victor Pastor, Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Never Weeps) by Mes de Guzman, Pauwi Na (Pedicab) by Paolo Villaluna, Tale of the Lost Boys by Joselito Altarejos, and Tu Pug Imatuy (Right to Kill) written by Arnel Mardoquio and directed by Arbi Barbarona.

FACINE is a nonprofit media arts organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino cinema as a social document of cultural heritage, and as medium of artistic expression. Dedicated to empowering artists and audiences on films that speak about Filipino communities globally, FACINE has organized the festival for the past 25 years and it also hosts film-related events in the SF Bay Area.
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