About 200 students from various universities and colleges in the metro gathered on Saturday, September 27, for the first convention of the Metro Manila Alliance of Communication Students or MACS. The convention was held at the Claro M. Recto Theater of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila.
The convention aimed to connect the MACS members from different schools, thus the title of the event “Hashtag: Connected.”
Hosted by MACS President Irish Salinas, and Youth Power Radio hosts Ada Cuaresma and Andrew San Fernando, the convention began with the invocation and singing of the Philippine National Anthem, led by the La Consolacion chorale.
Several speakers from various media industries graced the event to share their expertise and experiences in their respective fields – broadcasting, documentaries, print media, television and radio reporting, photography and voice acting. The speakers were: Nina Taduran of Radyo Singko, who discussed radio and public service; Antonni Cuesta from Cannon and Giselle Kasilag, who shared tips on photography; Wilson Lee Flores of the Philippine Star, who discussed about ethics in print media; ABS CBN reporters Adrian Ayalin and Ryan Chua, who talked about how news reporting for television adapts to the digital age; Ian Carlos Simbulan, Executive Producer of GMA’s The Reporter’s Notebook, who talked about investigative documentaries for television; and Creativoices Productions and Voice of the Youth Network founder Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, who discussed the future of the voice acting industry.
Some schools were also represented by intermission numbers in between the speaking engagements. FEU IAS and San Sebastian College Recoletos entertained the participants with vigorous dance numbers in the morning, and La Consolacion’s Arte.Comm and PUP’s Movers n’ Motion rocked the stage in the afternoon.
MACS Convention 2014 ended with the awarding of the 3 most participative students during the Q&A and a raffle.