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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2021
Led by Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II, these are the people that compose the Board of the Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy for FY 2019 to 2021.
Dr. JOSE REUBEN Q. ALAGARAN II
Dr. Alagaran is a communication and human resource practitioner, consultant, researcher, writer, trainer, and educator. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, with cognates in Educational Technology and Distance Education from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Dr. Alagaran was also a Professorial Lecturer at the UP College of Mass Communication and Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication where he was Vice President for Academic Affairs.
He was UNESCO Consultant on media and information literacy (MIL) workshops in the Philippines which were conducted at Miriam College and Philippine Normal University as part of a UNESCO grant. He was the lone Filipino invited by UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France to help finalize the global framework on MIL competencies which was later on published into a book. Likewise, he was the only Filipino who presented a paper during the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy held at Fez, Morocco where the UNESCO MIL curriculum was launched. He later worked as Media Development Specialist in UNESCO office in Yangon, Myanmar.
Dr. Alagaran has written a number of articles on media and information literacy published in both national and international journals. He then wrote Media and Information Literacy: Empower the Discerning Audiences as a textbook for Senior High School and published by Abiva Publishing.
He was Executive Director of Center for Strategic Research and Associate Professor of Department of Communication, Miriam College. At present, he teaches at the College of Communication at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is a member of CHED Technical Committee for Communication, Technical Panel for Social Sciences and Communication.
Mr. ARNIEL V. PING, LPT
Mr. Arniel V. Ping is a licensed professional teacher. He serves at St Stephen’s High School where he is currently the Overall Academic Coordinator of the High School Department and concurrently Coordinator of the Social Studies Subject Area. He has been teaching for 21 years and has taught Social Studies subjects like Philippine History, Asian Studies, World History, Economics, and Contemporary Issues. He started teaching Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in St. Stephen’s High School in 2016 since the school is one of the early implementers of the K to 12 Basic Education Program in the country.
Mr. Ping is the Vice President of the Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy (PAMIL). He has been invited as a resource speaker and facilitator in a number of Media and Information Literacy seminars and workshops for teachers in both public and private schools.
He finished his Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Social Studies from Universidad De Manila (formerly City College of Manila). He is currently taking up a Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Social Science Education at the National Teachers College (NTC).
He is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a premier professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State. The IVLP he participated in is “Promoting Media Literacy Through Education” which was held in 2019 in the USA.
Prof. HEMMADY S. MORA
Asst. Prof. Hemmady S. Mora, currently the chairperson of the PUP Dept. of Journalism is an international lecturer and trainer, special correspondent and online writer/consultant. She has co-authored books in communication and literature and served as judge in the recent 2019 Golden Dove Awards. She is the current Board Secretary of the Philippine Association for Media and Information Literacy (PAMIL).
Prof. Mora has lectured on Media and Information Literacy and Citizen Journalism in the University of Vienna, Austria (2017), at Amikom University, Indonesia (2018) and Chandigarh University, India (2018). She recently finished her Doctoral Dissertation in Educational Management and is a candidate for graduation. She is also the coordinator for MIL subjects in the PUP Senior High School program.
Prof. LESLIE M. MEDINA
Leslie Manalo-Medina is a Communication professor at Holy Angel University and also the Chairperson for the Languages Department and the BA Communication Program since 2011. She graduated in 2006 with the degree Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at the University of the Assumption, subsequently she was able to attain her Master of Arts in Education Major in English at the same university back in 2011. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Communication degree at the University of the Philippines Open University.
In 2017, she was one of the trainees of Big History at the Dominican University of California, the first offering of its kind in the Philippines. She published a research in the American International Journal of Social Science and presented a paper at the 25th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference.
She is an advocate of fighting disinformation, she spearheaded the University’s campaign against fake news which has been successfully running since 2017. Ms. Medina promotes media literacy through various conferences she leads in partnership with multi-awarded journalists and academicians in the country.
MA. ROSA CER D. BRAGAIS, MC
Ma. Rosa Cer D. Bragais is a former student journalist for the Philippine Collegian, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She spent one year as a feature writer before becoming a part of its editorial board for two years.
She graduated cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Communication in 2010. Since then, she has worked in various offices, including the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, National Anti-Poverty Commission, and the Office of Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto. Her experiences further showed her media’s role in Philippine society and its relation to other social institutions and industries. In 2016, she earned her Master in Communication degree from the PUP Open University System. Her master’s thesis focused on the political economy of media as reflected in the politics and culture in Philippine news production.
She taught Media and Information Literacy at the Senior High School Department of the University of Santo Tomas.
Currently, she teaches under the Department of Communication under the Far Eastern University.
JOMAR D. REDUBLA, LPT, MC
Jomar D. Redubla is the current School Registrar of FEU High School in Manila.
He took his primary education at Urduja Elementary School; secondary at Deparo High School, where he was a consistent leader and honor student. In 2010, he entered in Saint Paul Seminary Foundation where he finished his degree, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Communication. He was awarded also as the Most Promising Thesis in Communication year 2014, and Best Thesis in Philosophy in year 2015. In the same year, he was elected as the President of Help A Needy Seminarian (HANDS), in which the aim purpose is to organize activities to allocate funds for the sake of his co-brother seminarians. He serves also as the coordinator of marketing and diffusion office, managing editor and circulation manager of the school paper, and later became a director of creative media productions.
He is a former college instructor at STI College Cubao, where he taught different General Education and Communication subjects such as Professional Ethics, Philosophy of Human Person, Logic, Sociology, Advertising and Public Information, and Radio and Television Production. In Year 2016, Mr. Redubla chose to transfer to be a ‘Tamaraw,’ in Far Eastern University High School as Humanities and Social Science Faculty. Later, he was assigned as the Coordinator of the Student Activities handling all non-academic activities including clubs and organizations. Mr. Redubla also established and served as a moderator of the Campus journalism-online television network of FEU High School, the ‘Baby Tams Media’ also known as BTM. Currently, he is about to start his another degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman this 2nd Semester, 2018-2019.
ANTHONY L. LAUREA, M.Ed
ANTHONY ‘Tony Lau’ LABABIT LAUREA was one of the 2016 International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) Fellows representing Philippines (thru the Fulbright Commission otherwise known as Philippine-American Educational Foundation) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States of America funded by the U.S. Department of State under the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
Tony was one of the Global Filipino Teachers (GFTs) in the Philippines who collaboratively worked with others teachers in the country for creating learning materials such as Energy Flashcards, and modules using Instructional & Educational Technologies from Microsoft Corporation and Project-Based Learning (PBL) Activities. The program was sponsored by DepEd and Globe Telecom which was administered by Coalition for Better Education (CBE). He was selected as one of the thirty (30) trained Peer and Lead Coaches in the Philippines and the only teacher representative from the Division of Iloilo. He joined the group of Microsoft Ambassadors such as Marivi C. Castro, Ernani S. Fernandez , Glenn E. Laping , Erly Ambito Leosala, and Shateen Danong among these 30 peer and lead coaches in the Philippines.
As secondary school teacher since 2008, he joined Iloilo Chinese Commercial High School (HUASIONG) at Iznart Street, Iloilo City teaching speech, literature, creative writing and other related subjects prior to his transfer at Dueñas General Comprehensive High School (DGCHS) in 2009. Because of dedication and perseverance, he was selected as Demonstration Teacher during the 2010 Revised Basic Education Curriculum Training employing Understanding by Design (UBd) Framework and in the Regional Mass Training for Grade 7 Teachers in the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum Implementation in 2012. He took the initiative to write learning and instructional materials in Remedial Reading Programs and Project-based Learning (PBL) Activities and co-authored the “Flash Cards on Energy Conservation” conducted by DepEd, Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and financed by One Meralco Foundation (OMF) in 2013-2014 which was launched on September 2, 2015 at One Meralco Theater, Pasig City, Philippines. Recently, this February 2017, he was chosen by DepEd Central Office to be one of the writers in making the Assessment Guide which will be used by the teaching practitioners in the country.
Rising from the rank, he was promoted as Teacher II and Teacher III last 3 June 2013 and 26 September 2013, respectively at Dueñas General Comprehensive High School (DGCHS) in the Division of Iloilo where he teaches English, Research, Mythology & Folklore, and Computer subjects for both Special Science Class, TECH-VOC Programs, Junior and Senior High Schools. Because of his commitment, dedication, and passion for teaching, he was judged as one of the Ten Outstanding Teachers of the Division of Iloilo for school year 2014-2015. Within five years of encompassing performance as a public servant and a school leader, he was promoted to Master Teacher I of the English Department at the age 27, the second youngest teacher who attained the position in the DepEd-Division of Iloilo. He holds the various managerial positions as the School-based Management Coordinator, Public Affairs Coordinator, and Scouting Coordinator of Outfit 306, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Iloilo (Confesor) Council at DGCHS.
He obtained his Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) degree major in English (Magna Cum Laude) at West Visayas State University (WVSU), La Paz, Iloilo City in 2008 and his Master of Education (MEd) with concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of the Philippines – Visayas (UPV), Iloilo City in 2013. Tony is a recipient scholar of National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) pursuing the degree Diploma in Teaching Cultural Education leading to Master of Education in Cultural Education at WVSU. Presently, he is pursuing a degree on Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) major in Research and Evaluation at Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF). As a teacher, he remains to be a learner. Mr. Laurea believes that a human being and as a person one must know how to empty his/her cup to learn, unlearn, and relearn.
ARIEL C. SEBELLINO
Public Relations Officer
Ariel Cervantes Sebellino is the executive director of and a trustee at the Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of newspapers and oldest professional media organization in the country. He also heads the training operations and special projects of the PPI.
He is currently the permanent representative of the Philippine Press Institute to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) as media observer/resource person.
He took Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Davao University where he was a consistent Dean’s Lister. He was editor-in-chief of the university’s Department of Humanities’ news and features magazine in his senior year. As a fellow, he also took two specialized certificate courses on Business Reporting and Training the Trainers in the early years of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, and another two specialized courses on Audio-Visual Preservation and Managing Information Resources at the Asian Media Information Centre (AMIC) at the Nanyang University (NTU) in Singapore. He also attended fellowship programs in South Korea and Israel on Media for Social Change. He was one of the three Filipinos who attended an extensive course on human rights organized by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Bangkok in July 2015. In December 2016, he studied labor rights and freedom of association at the International Labor Organization (ILO) headquarters in Turin, Italy. He also attended a study tour in China along with other six Filipino journalists.
In September 2017, he was conferred as a fellow in journalism, the first such, by the Royal Institution Singapore, an organization of professionals from various fields which also accredits and recognizes a professional’s body of work and vast experience in his or her field.
Over the years in his professional career as a media practitioner, he has developed extensive experience in media work. He was the youngest president of the Philippines Communication Society (PCS) for almost four years while serving concurrently as Executive Director and Trustee of the Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of Philippine newspapers. The PCS is composed of communication, communication research and journalism educators and experts, information officers, and media executives; and is the only communication organization that is represented in the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).
As the youngest PPI executive director (in the history) of the 53-year old organization in the country, he consolidates media-related activities, crafts and conceptualizes programs, and writes news articles and stories that are distributed to about 70 national and provincial PPI-member newspapers throughout the country. He also serves as one of the institute’s in-house resource person.
He co-authored the journalist’s handbook on avian influenza “Media and Bird Flu” as an offshoot of the PPI training program of the same title under the auspices of UNICEF. Many years back, he wrote the texts and did the creative of the first coffee table book of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its 50th anniversary. He also did the creatives, editing and re-writing of stories for the Department’s 2015 Annual Report. In 2015 he was issue editor of the PCS Review Journal on “Children, Youth, and Media”, and presently remains a member of the organization’s editorial board.
Besides being a journalist-writer, Ariel C. Sebellino is also a lecturer in journalism, media and communication, an events’ organizer, and a host. He remains as the resident judge in the National Search for “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino” (Exemplary Filipino Family) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and is a regular resource person in communication and media of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) which promotes child-friendly television, and media and information literacy (MIL) among educators, parents and students.
He occasionally writes and contributes for PPI-member newspapers, Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and is the managing editor of a monthly broadsheet The Manila Post.
Adding feather to his cap are two Quill-awarded projects (one for communication and the other for journalism) where he was part of the organizing and convening team: the National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) 2016 in partnership with the University of the Philippines (Diliman) Department of Communication Research and Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction (JASCOR) 2016 in partnership with HOLCIM.
He is currently one of the resource persons for the Institute’s seminar series on fake news (disinformation) across the regions. He continues to be speaker in various organizations and advocacy groups as part and parcel of his personal and organizational advocacy on media literacy among the youth, parents and teachers.
ROBERTO P. LIM, Jr.
Assistant Public Relations Officer
Roberto Lim Jr., or Rob as called by his friends and colleagues, is currently a senior high school social science teacher at the Philippine Cultural College, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in his inaugural academic year (2017-2018). Aside from teaching Media and Information Literacy (MIL), he also handles different core and specialized social science subjects.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and is currently finishing his master’s degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. During his time in college, he has served as Acting Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the UST AB Debate Parliament, and as Vice President for Internal Affairs of the UST Asian Studies Society. Aside from attaining feats in his curricular life, he also reached milestones in the field of debating by appearing in several championship rounds, and won best speaker awards in the different debate tournaments hosted by UST.
In his leisure time, he enjoys reading books, more specifically under the young adult, history, and politics genres. He also watches mystery and suspense channels on YouTube like BuzzFeed Unsolved and TedEd, and TV series like Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.
KENNETH BERNEJAY H. PORIO
Regional Coordinator for Visayas and Mindanao
Kenneth Bernejay H. Porio is currently serving as an Instructor for the General Education department at the Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation, Inc. – College of Business and Tourism in Davao City, Philippines. He currently teaches Computer Education courses for the College department, and generalist courses for Senior High School department, such as Media and Information Literacy, Empowerment Technologies and Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person. His primary interests include Web development, digital multimedia, research and technical writing.
From 2014 to 2017, he previously served as the Technical Assistant for the MIS Department of Davao Diversified Marketing and Management Corporation, doing business as Park ‘N Shop Supermart, the supermarket arm of Victoria Plaza Mall, Davao City, Philippines. He managed the Point-of-Sale systems and the Retail Information Systems of Park ‘N Shop Supermart, Victoria’s Boulangerie Bakeshop, and the Victoria Plaza Mall administration. He also served as a Virtual Assistant for Content Cuisine Article Writing Services from 2013 to 2014, handling web development and content development projects for various international clients in Australia and the United States.
Kenneth is taking his Master’s degree in Information Technology at the University of Southeastern Philippines. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2013 at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. He was awarded as a Finalist for Best Special Problem for his undergraduate Special Problem, “A Web Portal for Student Publications in UP Mindanao with Social Media Application Integration and Article Management Functionality.”
RODEN B. DE LOS SANTOS, MC
Head of Secretariat
Mr. Roden B. de Los Santos a graduate of Master in Communication in Polytechnic University of the Philippines and currently working at Centro Escolar University, Non-Teaching employee as Communication and Media Laboratory Assistant and a Volunteer Reporter of Metro Patrol of DWIZ 882 AM Radio Station in Pasig City.
He presented his thesis both in Local and International titled “Effectiveness of the media and information literacy teaching strategies as perceived by students in Centro Escolar University Manila” and available in Polytechnic University of the Philippines Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resource Center (PUP-NALLRC) catalog guided by his contributor (thesis advisor) Dr. Jose Reuben Q. Alagaran II.
MARYNELLE C. ROSALES, MC
Prof. Marynelle L. Rosales is currently the Dean of the College of Communication in Urdaneta City University in Pangasinan.
She is also a part-time faculty member of PUP College of Communication and PUP Open University Broadcast Communication Undergraduate Program. She has been teaching in various higher education institutions for 8 years.
She took her Master in Communication Degree in PUP Open University. Her research undertakings are focused on media studies, media and information literacy, and political communication.
She is a former radio program anchor, researcher, writer, and producer for an AM radio station for 5 years. Her program Radio Eskuwela was awarded as Best Children’s Radio Program in the KBP Golden Dove Awards.
Rosales has been teaching Media and Information Literacy in PUP for Senior High School students and College students. She has also been conducting seminar and workshops for MIL.
RODERICK RAMOS, RL, M.Ed
Roderick Ramos is the head librarian of Batanes State Colleges and currently President to MLAI or MUNPARLAS Library Association, Inc. and library committee member-officer of Consortium of the South (CotS).
He is recipient of Certificate of Recognition from The Committee on Rules of I Mina Trentai Tres Na Liheslaturan Guahana presented on behalf of I Liheslaturan Guahana and the People of Guam signed and sealed in the City of Hagatna, Guam on the 29th day of September 2016 by Judith T. Won Pat, Ed.D. (Speaker and Sponsor), Rory J. Respicio (Chairperson, Committee on Rules) and Tina Rose Muna Barnes (Legislative Secretary for organizing the 1st Asia Pacific Library Congress Benchmarking Tour from September 29 to October 2, 2016 in the Beautiful Island of Guam, United States of America.
Through this benchmarking of libraries with Global Mentors for Change, he was commended for promoting community relationships that provides opportunities (1) to network with other communities; (2) to enhance the professional welfare, and, (3) support to develop library services.
He has served as is the library coordinator of Southville International School and Colleges .
JEFFREY BELTRAN, LPT
Mr. Jeffrey C. Beltran, a Microsoft Innovative Educator and Level 1 Google Certified Educator, finished his Bachelor’s Degree (Elementary Education major in Special Education) at the University of the East-Manila (Cum Laude). He also finished online courses in English for Media Literacy at University of Pennsylvania, and Teaching using Online Education Resources at The National Teachers College. Presently, he’s a candidate for graduation in his Master’s Degree in Education, major in Information Technology Integration at the Ateneo De Manila University.
He began his journey as a Grade School and Junior High School Computer Teacher, from 2014 to 2016. Then from 2017 to 2019, he continue to broaden his skills and widen his expertise, this time as a Senior High School Empowerment Technologies and Media and Information Literacy Teacher.
At present, he’s a college faculty of the School of Arts, Sciences and Technology at The National Teachers College, where he’s teaching general and professional education subjects.
In terms of professional development and the love for giving back to the profession, the Since 2018, he began speaking and presenting in local and international conferences, actively being involved in various teacher trainings and speaking engagements in private and public schools, and recently, he conducted webinars that focused on the utilization of technology in education.
He also recently published his micro-research proposal related to teaching Media & Information Literacy incorporating the principles of gamification and learner-centered instruction to classroom instruction.
His continuing advocacy on active and meaningful learning through collaboration, gamification and utilizing technological resources/tools in teaching, will aid both teachers, learners, and other stakeholders in enriching the entire teaching-learning process.
ROILINGEL CALILUNG, RL, M.Ed
A holder of Master of Education in Library and Information Science (M.Ed. LS) from Philippine Normal University, Manila, Roilingel P. Calilung is presently taking his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management. A librarian by profession and a writer by passion, the teaching and promotion of media and information literacy (MIL) is one of his advocacies. Currently, he is the Director of Libraries and Chair of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) program of University of the Assumption.