Rock Ed Rocks Zamboanga!
07.28.2005 Zamboanga

In a rare 5-day visit, Rock Ed reached the shores of Mindanao. Kicking off with a session on 'Effective Presentation Skills' with the College Faculty and Staff, Gang Badoy held the three day intensive teacher training. Session number 2 is a 'Media Literacy and Society' lecture/discussion and Day 3 was a 'Peace Poetry for Non-Poets' workshop.

Participants ranged from researchers to faculty and staff, including some students in appropriate programs. Working closely with the Ateneo de Zamboanga Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement Office, (SACSI) Rock Ed took over the usually cruisingly peaceful campus by storm.

Thursday found an open forum/discussion on the State of the Nation preceded by the screening of "BUNSO," a critically acclaimed documentary on juvenile justice and the non-response of our society on the issue. This documentary was directed by Ditsi Carolino and photographed by Nana Buxani. Our gratitude to Ditsi's generosity and genius.

Friday was the GCAP launch in Zamboanga with local band, JUNKYARD rocking the house. Photos from fine photographers were onscreen during the mini concert. Our gratitude for the generosity of photo artists Bahaghari, Jesus Casabar, Reg Hernandez, and Jose Enrique Soriano.

Gratis et amore to Rock Ed Zamboanga coordinators Carmela Hau and Joey Uy. Joey Uy is the present Department Chair of MassComm in Ateneo De Zamboanga, while Carmela is an Accounting major who is involved with the SACSI office as a volunteer.

The entire Zamboanga visit was documented by cut-edge young photographer Jake Verzosa. Setting aside one week from his full sched as a fashion photographer, Jake was selfless and patient while assisting Gang with the Rock Ed Sessions.

Jake, Joey and Gang had the opportunity to visit the Badjao village and spend an afternoon with the children and adults of the place.

There is nothing quite like a Badjao smile. They KNOW how to smile. We should learn from them.

The Rock Ed spirit is strong in Mindanao.

Mabuhay ang Pilipino.

Rock on.

Note: Thank you to everyone who made our visit more than just interesting and fruitful: Levon, Lester, Ari, Bon, Jay, Jox, Carms, Alber, Cecille, Phord, Gemar, Edward the poet, Bong, Sir Oca, Junkyard, the band, JJ, the three guys who patiently played badminton with me, Grand Astoria Hotel staff, Philippine Airlines for not bumping us off, ASTRO cigarettes, all the tricycle drivers, and all the poultry producers in Zamboanga. People I forgot to mention for reasons only due to my lapses in memory (not judgment) ...you know who you are. The country is grateful.