Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.
We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.
We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.
- Published: Sunday, 16 January 2011 12:14
CFA, the Communication Foundation for Asia, is the principal centre for media ministry for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the worldwide congregation.Communication Foundation for Asia is a pioneer in development communication. It was established in 1968 as a non-stock, non-profit organization, but its origins go way back to 1960, when the Social Communications Center was born with the publication of the Philippine Catholic Digest. Both organizations were founded by the Dutch missionary, Fr Cornelio Lagerwey, MSC, in collaboration with his mission partner Genaro V. Ong.
CATHOLIC MASS MEDIA AWARDS FOR THE COMMUNICATION FOUNDATION FOR ASIA
It was the richest harvest of awards in one night for the Communication Foundation for Asia. During the 32nd Catholic Mass Media Awards program at the University of Sto. Tomas Auditorium on October 13th, CFA garnered a total of six trophies.
In addition to the two Hall of Fame trophies, CFA also bagged this year’s trophies for Best Children’s Magazine (Baby Jesus), Best Youth Magazine (Gospel K Magazine) and Best Comic Story (Noel de Leon’s “My Favorite Christmas,” published in Pambata). It was the first time that CFA made a sweep of the best magazine awards for both the children and youth categories in the same year. The final trophy, for Best Secular Music Album, went unchallenged (with no other qualified finalists) to CFA’s “Mga Awit ng Mga Bagong Bida,” a unique collection of the ten best songs composed by students for the National Youth Songwriting Contest for Good Governance, a major CFA project in late 2009. Aside from these four wins, CFA also had five finalists in other categories: 1) Best Children’s Story (by Cara Funk in Gospel Komiks Magazine); 2) Best Comic Story (one story by Margie Cruz in Gospel Komiks Magazine and 3) another story by Jericho Natividad, also in Gospel Komiks Magazine); 4) Best Children’s Magazine – Jesus Magazine; 5) Best Youth Magazine – Pambata.
For its induction to the CMMA Hall of Fame, CFA claimed two trophies: for our Gospel Komiks, three-time winner for Best Children’s Magazine, and for www.cfamedia.org, the Best Website awardee for three consecutive years from 2007. Elevation to the Hall of Fame is a distinct honor, but it also means that the multi-awarded CFA magazine and website can no longer be entries in the same category this year and in future CMMAs. In 2008, there had also been a Hall of Fame Award for comics story writing in CFA’s Gospel Komiks.
The theme of the CMMA program this year was “New Media at the Service of the Word.” An individual Serviam Award was given to writer and legal expert Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. The Asian Catholic Communicators Inc (ACCI), of which CFA is a member, hosted and handed out the Cardinal Sin Book Awards. In the mass media categories for radio and television, the major networks again dominated the awards.
Among the non-mainstream media groups, the Communication Foundation for Asia was conspicuous for the most number of awards received. CFA executives, editors and other senior staff were present to claim the trophies. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who is also the CMMA Honorary Chairman, heartily congratulated CFA Executive Director Terry Hermano when she went up the stage with Print Media Director Noel de Leon to receive the Hall of Fame awards. Other CFA executives and officers who were there to help carry the load of trophies were Pie Mabanta-Fenomeno, Head of the Electronic Media Department and producer of the winning music album, and Renato Vibiesca, who is the editor of the winning children’s magazine Baby Jesus. Among those who unavoidably missed the awards night: CFA President Fr Filoteo Pelingon, MSC, Fr Stephen Cuyos, MSC, who acts as CFA’s webmaster, and Jericho Natividad, editor of Gospel Komiks.
Although receiving awards was wonderful, CFA officers agreed this was “icing on the cake.” “The most rewarding part of the job,” one of them said, “is having the kind of work we believe in – and enjoy!”
Memorial to Fr Cor Lagerwey MSC at CFA
Who we are:
Communication Foundation for Asia is a pioneer in development communication. It was established in 1968 as a non-stock, non-profit organization, but its origins go way back to 1960, when the Social Communications Center was born with the publication of the Philippine Catholic Digest. Both organizations were founded by the Dutch missionary, Fr Cornelio Lagerwey, MSC, in collaboration with his mission partner Genaro V. Ong.
Where We Are
Communication Foundation for Asia
4427 Old Sta. Mesa Street
Sta. Mesa, Manila 1016
Phone: (632) 713-2981 to 86
Fax: (632) 713-2732