BISU: Host School of the 7th SPAM Inc. National Confab

In its continued advocacy of promoting responsible campus journalism as well as recognizing the services of campus journalists and advisers, the School Press Advisers’ Movement (SPAM), Inc. in coordination with the Bohol Island State University, conducted the 7th Annual National Confab at JJ’s Seafood Village, Tagbilaran City. This yearly gathering took place last September 12-14, 2013 with the theme: “Intensifying the Power of Campus Paper in Protecting and Preserving the Environment and Natural Resources.”

     Campus advisers and campus journalists nationwide from elementary, secondary and tertiary levels registered on the first day of the convention wearing the Filipiniana attire. SPAM Board of Trustees and Executive Officers headed by Dr. Melanie V. Briones facilitated the various activities in line for this annual event. Dr. Melanie V. Briones is the President of SPAM Inc.

     This year, BISU Balilihan  Campus sent Mrs. Ella Mae R. Lacea, Campus Paper Adviser and Ms. Carine Pacot, the present Editor-in-Chief of Campus Access, the official student publication of BISU Balilihan. Together with other delegates, they witnessed the exemplary performance of the BISU Performing Arts during the opening program and listened to the welcome remarks of Dr. Elpidio T. Magante, BISU President. Prof. Jonathan Sta. Ana, Secretary of SPAM Inc. presented the participants during the program, Dr. Melanie V. Briones gave the statement of purpose while the opening of the 7th Annual Confab was declared by Prof. Lydia Villanueva, VP Internal of SPAM Inc. 

A couple of awards were likewise given to respective individuals who excelled in their services as campus advisers and journalists. This year, SPAM Inc. granted the Award of Excellence for Media Practitioners. Mr. Mike Enriquez and Mr. Horacio “Howie” Severino, respected journalists of GMA-7 received the award. Enriquez was granted with the SPAM’s Medallion of Excellence in the Field of Campus Journalism while Severino received the SPAM’s Award of Excellence in the Field of Documentary Reportage.

     Throughout the convention, several lectures were conducted such as: Briefing and Orientation about SPAM’s I- Dokumento by Prof. Jonathan Sta. Ana; Copy Editor’s Task: Guidelines in Copyreading News, Feature and Dev Com articles by Mr. Earl Victor Rosero, the News Editor of GMA News Online;Digital Layouting Lecture by Mr. Ricky Soriano Dimaun, Graphic Artist-Mexico Printing Pampanga while Editorial Writing was conducted by Mr. Bingo Dejaresco, the Editor-in-Chief of The Bohol Chronicle. On the other hand, two speakers conducted the Lecture in Broadcasting. They were Mr. Loy Palapos of Radio Bohol for the tertiary and secondary levels and Mr. Weslee Dizon for the elementary level while Lecture for Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop was done by Ms. Lorelei De la Cruz from Colegio San Agustin-Biňan.






     In addition, SPAM Inc. also provided various competitions  related to journalism or media practice. Thus, the following contests were conceived and became part of this year’s conference:


1.  Digital Lay outing (Feature Page)

2.  Feature Editing

3.  News Editing

4.  Devcom Editing

5.  Editorial Writing

6.  Best in Digital Photography (Magazine Cover Design)

7.  Pautakang Pampahayagan (for Campus Publication Staff only)



1.   Opinion Journalist of the Year

2.   News Story Writer of the Year

3.   Feature Story Writer of the Year

4.   SPAM’s Award for Courtesy for Institutions

(Group Category)

1.  Best Magazine

2.  Best Literary Folio

3.  Best Newsletter

4.  Best Tabloid

5.  Best Broadsheet

6.  Radio Broadcasting Team of the Year

7.  Best Documentary Film: SPAM’s I-Dokumento

8.  Best in Cultural Page (MTBL)

Meanwhile, participants from Kanza University of Japan also graced during the convention and even competed during the Radio Broadcasting contest. Together with their advisers, these young journalists from Japan mingled with their newly-found friends and gave a special presentation during the Fellowship Night.

     Further, an election was held for a new set of SPAM Junior Officers. Elected as follows were:

Pres: Mario Cuengco, Jr.

V-Pres: Roland Sacristan

Sec: Ian Jof Mercado

Treas: Darlene Salunga

PIO: Karen Ramirez

Board of Directors:

  Luzon: James Salamat

  Visayas:Arvin Villacorta

  Mindanao: Abdulcader Alsoufi






            Winners were declared and awarded during the closing program as well as the distribution of certificates to all the participants of the national confab.



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