Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mini Press Conference, Rizal High School 1984 - 1991

6th Mini Press Conference 1989; photo by Dr. Jose Melendres, UPCM 2000The Mini Press Conference was a yearly activity from 1984 up to 1991 among hundreds of journalism students from Rizal High School (Pasig), Quezon City Science High School, UP Integrated School, Colegio del Buenconsejo, La Immaculada Concepcion School, Pasig Catholic College, Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School, Marikina High School, Philippine Science High School, and other schools. It was organized and hosted by Rizal High School for six years, with Quezon City Science High School hosting the conference in 1985 and 1987.

Resource speakers in the various conferences were prominent journalists and government personalities such as Max Soliven, Art Borjal, Teodoro Locsin Jr, Paulynn Sicam, Apa Ongpin, Mon Tulfo, Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Atty. Jerry Barican, Margot Baterina, Gel Santos Relos, Ninoy Sofranes, Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos, Senator Orly Mercado, Senator Rene Saguisag, and DAR Secretary Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Special groups that provided presentations throughout the eight years of the Mini Press Conference were the National Taekwondo Demonstration Team, the UP Taekwondo Team, the Wu Shu Federation of the Philippines, Arnis Philippines, and the UP Kontragapi.

From the ranks of students who participated in the Mini Press Con have come some of today’s generation of journalists such as Phil. Daily Inquirer reporters Norman Bordadora (QC Science) and Ronnel Domingo (RHS); Ellaine Matienzo-Fuentes (RHS; Director, National News, Eagle Broadcasting); Manuel “Noel” Ferrer (QC Science; entertainment journalist and talent manager of movie stars); Cara Javier and Mylah Reyes-Roque (RHS; both former news reporters of RPN-9, with Mylah a recent UNICEF awardee for her article in Newsbreak magazine about child prisoners); and Michael Ac-Ac (RHS), former UP Collegian editor.

Other notable personalities from the ranks of Mini Press Con participants are Atty. Marnie Tonson (Phil. Science); Atty. Mary Grace Agcaoili (QC Science; UNICEF, East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office); Judge Merideth delos Santos (QC Science); Daniel Saclute (RHS; graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and of Armand Hammer United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico USA); Naderev SaƱo (QC Science; Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia); Joseph del Callar (Phil. Science; graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now with UC Berkeley); and Leilani Feliciano (RHS; First Secretary and Consul, Philippine Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations in Vienna).

If you attended any of the Mini Press Conferences from 1984 up to 1991, please drop me a line in the comments section below. I’d like to hear from you. Maybe some of the friends from other schools whom you met during the Mini Press Con would also like to hear from you.

Rizal High School and QC Science High School students
during the very first Mini Press Con (1984)
RHS Class 87 (IV-2) when they were 2nd year students
during the 1st Mini Press Con, 1984, hosted by RHS
!985 Mini Press Con, hosted by QC Science; what marked the 8 years of the
conference were the intense rivalry and great friendships between these two schools
Diwa (Quezon City Science High School) during the open forum,
2nd Mini Press Con, 1985, hosted by QC Science HS
Mini Press Con hosted by QC Science (if I remember correctly, the girl
on the left is named Ideth, while girl on the right is Nanette)
RHS Class 87 (IV-1 and IV-2) when they were 3rd year students,
2nd Mini Press Con, 1985, hosted by QC Science HS

RHS Class 87 (IV-2) when they were 3rd year students,
2nd Mini Press Con, 1985, hosted by QC Science HS
Merideth delos Santos (QC Science HS) introducing Max Soliven
(publisher of Phil. Star) during 3rd Mini Press Con, 1986, hosted by RHS
Members of Himig Scientia (QC Science HS) giving a special number
during 3rd Mini Press Con, 1986
Phil. Science HS students during 3rd Mini Press Con (1986);
guy in front with umbrella is Marnie Tonson; to his left is Joseph Del Callar,
and to Joseph’s left is Jaffy Azarraga
Marnie Tonson (Phil. Science HS) engages Max Soliven (publisher of Phil. Star)
in a heated discussion during open forum, 3rd Mini Press Conference, 1986
RHS Class 88 students when they were 3rd year students,
3rd Mini Press Con, 1986
Special number during awarding ceremonies,
3rd Mini Press Conference, 1986
UP Diliman Taekwondo team demonstration,
3rd Mini Press Conference, 1986
RHS Class 87 girls (when they were 4th year students)
during 1986 Mini Press Con, hosted by RHS
1986 Mini Press Con, with QC Science student named Raya
during awarding ceremonies
1986 Mini Press Con hosted by Rizal High School (QC Science girls: on the left
is Merideth delos Santos, girl in the middle, I think, is Tricia Endozo,
while girl in blue shirt is Diwa) )
RHS Class 87 (IV-1) attended the first three Mini Press Conference
from 1984 to 1986

1987 Mini Press Con hosted by QC Science High School
(click the picture to view or download A4 size copy of this picture)
1987 Mini Press Con hosted by QC Science High School
(click the picture to view or download A4 size copy of this picture)
Sen. Rene Saguisag, one of the speakers in the 1988 Mini Press Con
1988 Mini Press Con hosted by Rizal High School, with QC Science students
nearly sweeping the Filipino news writing contest
Arnis Philippines presentation during 1988 Mini Press Conference;
guy in black is Rodel Dagooc (highest ranking grandmaster of Modern Arnis
under founder Remy Presas; in background is bodybuilding champion and actor
Roland Dantes, Arnis Philippines president Raymond Velayo,
and Porfirio Lanada (founder of Arnis Lanada)
RHS Class 91 students (when they were 2nd year students)
practicing their special number for 1988 Mini Press Con
Aileen Reyes (RHS Class 90) moderating the open forum
during the 1989 Mini Press Con
RHS Class 90 students interviewing Congressman Rufino Javier
during the 1989 Mini Press Conference
Students from RHS, QC Science HS, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr HS
during the 1989 Mini Press Con
Glenn Sibonga (RHS Class 90) the only guy in a group presentation
with girls from RHS, QCSHS, and UPIS, during the 1989 Mini Press Con
Edwin Quinsayas (RHS Class 90) serenading a girl from Quezon City Science
(I think her name is Yohana Mehretab) during 1989 Mini Press Con
Fun and games while waiting for announcement of winners,
6th Mini Press Con (1989)
Tri-media personality Apa Ongpin during 1991 Mini Press Conference
Students from Colegio del Buenconsejo (1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
Pasig Catholic College boys during 1990 Mini Press Con
RHS and CBC girls (1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
Girls from CBC, RHS, and LICS enjoying the group presentations
(1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
Students from La Immaculada Concepcion School (1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
Students from UP Integrated School (1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
RHS Class 91 preparing the stage for the 7th Mini Press Con (1990)
UPIS students with RHS students during campus tour
(either 1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con)
1990 or 1991 Mini Press Con (students from RHS, Marikina HS
and Colegio del Buenconsejo enjoying the disco before the awarding ceremonies
1990 Mini Press Con presentation by Kontragapi from UP Diliman
1990 Mini Press Con presentation by Kontragapi from UP Diliman,
with RHS alumnae Ryan Abrecea (Class 90) and Rowena Serut (Class 88)

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