Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The 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 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 like 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 like the National Taekwondo Demonstration Team, the UP Taekwondo Team, the Wu Shu Federation of the Philippines, Arnis Philippines and the UP Kontragapi provided special presentations throughout the eight year history of the Mini Press Con.

From the ranks of students who participated in the Mini Press Con have come some of today’s generation of journalists like Phil. Daily Inquirer reporters Ronnel Domingo (RHS) and Norman Bordadora (QC Science); Cara Javier and Mylah Reyes-Roque (RHS; both formerly 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) now with UNICEF, Judge Merideth delos Reyes (QC Science), Daniel Saclute (RHS; a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, and of Armand Hammer United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico USA), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Joseph del Callar (Phil. Science).

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

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