By Kristino B. Saltarin
To equip its church members with technical know-how on media ministry, the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission (NSM) teamed up with Hope Channel Philippines on a three-day training workshop in TV production, radio broadcasting, news writing, and video clip editing.
Berdandino C. Maniego, NSM communication director, tapped the services and expertise of Hope Channel Philippines personnel, namely: Jade Soreño, South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) associate communication director; Johnster Calibod, SPUC Hope Channel manager; and Van Edriel Muaña, Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) Hope Channel Production head.
Aware of the impact and the effectiveness of media for the propagation of the gospel, especially in places where “angels fear to tread” and gospel workers cannot go, Maniego believed that the most effective method in training his constituents in media ministry is to connect with people who know the in and out of media production.
Soreño, in the course of her lecture, emphasized the need of a good script in making a video clip. She said that a written script serves as a guide for the production team on what needs to be done and for the cameraman in making every shot to be perfect.
The technical aspect on video editing was done by Jonster Calibod and Van Muaña. Calibod stressed in his radio broadcasting lecture that it is important for the host to have an excellent communication and presentation ability. He/she must also be appealing to the audience.
In an interview, Heal N. Ramirez, Fifth Grader of Metro Dumaguete SDA
Elementary School, said, “Knowing how to capture and edit videos by myself is really fun. But what is more interesting is to be able to share to the people sensible shows through media, which I believe is a good medium to tell them real stories of real people over fictional ones that they are always watching on TV.”
Joenesse Vhem Bonghanoy, Grade 11 of Kalumboyan National High School, said that the workshop was so timely not only because it enhanced her skill as the current editor-in-chief of their school publication, but because she felt the urgent need to spread the gospel message to the people inside and out of their campus, which she thinks would be more effective with the use of media.
“To be one of the Hope Channel Philippines’ correspondents is a one-ina-million opportunity. And being God’s steward, it’s a big leap of faith to fulfill the task which is to carry Jesus’ light to the world, and to reach out through media ministry, those who are in need of the gospel,” commented Ardee Rose Silorio, one of the attendees.
Archie Pedrita, Kalumboyan district leader, believed that the workshop capacitates the youth to become active participants in media ministry, which he said is a good tool to reach the unreached while waiting for the second coming of Jesus.
To lead the first-ever Adventist Media Ministry Organization, a set of officers were elected, then a commitment service was done and was ended by a special prayer by Pastor Eliezer Patricio, NSM president.
Nearly 60 delegates from almost all districts of NSM attended the said training on August 20-22 at Metro Dumaguete SDA Elementary School in Tubtubon, Sibulan, Negros Oriental.
With the success of the program, NSM is optimistic that God will bless the media ministry in the territory.
About the writer: Kristino B. Saltarin is the president of the Adventist Society of Young Reapers; one of the writers of the Adventist Media Ministry Organization; church elder of Gamao Seventhday Adventist Church; and is teaching at Antonio Lacson Senior High School in kalumbuyan, Negros Oriental.