The speakers were Prof. Danny Arao, assistant professor of the Department of Journalism at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication; Martin Perez, Social Studies teacher at the Philippine Science High School; and Tonchi Tinio, chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. I had to leave early for work, so I only caught the presentations of Prof. Arao and Mr. Perez (who, I must say, is showing the way for other teachers with his extensive and novel use of blogging to reach out to his high-school wards.)
(Read the full text of their speeches here).
Despite the lackluster attendance (at least compared to the first Kapihan held at the Philippine Science High School, which had an all-star line-up of speakers in Manolo Quezon, Bikoy Villanueva and Abe Olandres, plus a captive audience of Pisay students), the Kapihan organizers should still be commended for their initiative and commitment “to bring young bloggers together to discuss issues and matters that affect the blogosphere and the youth in general,” as Ederic put it.
I suppose the right mix of fun and seriousness in these events will draw in more of them. But what do I know, since I'm ancient at 37, or one year over the official “youth” age cut-off? Aaargh. I better just play photographer to the kids.
Bikoy, Benj, Karla, JM, Shari
Ederic (in green shirt) giving the opening spiel in flawless Filipino. To his right are Tonchi Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and UP's Danny Arao.
Sparse but all-ears audience
Prof. Danny Arao of the UP College of Mass Communications
BK organizer Mong Palatino (in blue shirt) with student-reactor Lalon dela Rosa (right) and other bloggers
Philippine Science High School teacher Martin Perez deep into his presentation
PLUS: “Things Learned in Bloggers' Kapihan 2.0: Blog Ed 101” by Shari. More pics here and here.