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Thank you all so much!

By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA
December 23, 2019

After this very successful event, the first of its kind in Lanao del Sur, young media practitioners from this part of the world must take the cudgel to continue the advocacy. To do another similar yet more improved event in response to the fast moving and growing high technology of communications. This is what we need. What our people need. Now I started it and did my best but I must admit my best is not enough. My spirit is still willing to continue but my flesh is starting to be unwilling. Those who are in the know and practice the profession, please come forward and continue the advocacy. It’s your turn. In your own way.

ILIGAN CITY: I’m so grateful to the participants of the four-day training workshop on basic writing and practical journalism with a theme, “Harnessing Communication Skills through Journalism and Digital Literacy,” at the auspices of Ranao Star Philippines (RSP) and the Mindanao State University-Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (MSU-IPDM) held at the MSU-IPDM Hall in Marawi City on December 19-22, 2019. 

As RSP founder cum editor-in-chief emiritus and event’s lead organizer, my appreciation also goes to the chief executives of local government units including Bacolod Kalawi Mayor Nora Lucman Dipatuan; Bayang Mayor Aslani P. Balt; Bubong Mayor Usoph Baunto Munder; Marantao Mayor Akira I. Alonto; Mulondo Mayor Nihara M. Panandigan; Piagapo Vice Mayor Ali Sumandar; Saguiaran Mayor Hafiz Muti; and Taraka Mayor Nashiba G. Sumagayan.

I am also pleased to thank the district supervisors of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (BARMM-MBHTE) in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur, particularly, Supervisor Roca Jalilah Dimal of Marawi City East District; Supervisor Moufidah Baraocor-Adiong of Marantao District I; Supervisor Omera Comadug-Barra of Taraka District I; Supervisor Sohria Dipatuan-Tomawis of Bacolod District; and Supervisor Peraco Dipatuan of Kalawi District.

To the Offices of Member of Parliament Atty. Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. and Minister Mardjanie Mimbantas and other agencies and schools who allowed their staff and students to join the activity, maraming salamat po.

I am also giving due recognition to Aba Alkhail Computer College Foundation headed by its chairman Amanoding Esmail, its president Karim Abdul Jabbar Indol, and to Marantao community leader Yahya Adiong, JD, for  their valuable support in the conduct of the training workshop. 

Special mention goes to our resource speakers: Fiscal Ating D. Diacat (Inno Mangaday in FB), Marawi City deputy prosecutor, for his educational lecture on legal and ethical issues in journalism; Dr. Acram A. Latiph, executive director of MSU-IPDM, for his stunning lecture on Choice Architecture Relevance to Journalism; Prof. Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph for her unique style in discussing basic writing; Prof. Jahara A. Solaiman for her lecture on news writing and feature writing and for her being the grand facilitator during the duration of the 4-day affair; Prof. Gaphor M. Panimbang of Adiong Memorial Polytechnic State College for a profound lecture on blogging and vlogging, and also for being a co-facilitator of the event; International journalist Richel Umil, a veteran pro on photojournalism, for an enlightening lecture on mobile photojournalism; and Sittie Ayeesha Dicali, former CNN correspondent and former editor of Ranao Star PH, for teaching a unique style in writing Op-Ed.

They were so profound in their respective fields that participants have lauded them and said they have learned a lot from the training workshop and inspired them to enhance the performance of their jobs as communications and information managers of their respective organizations.


I will never forget the valuable contribution of Prince Rajiv Sarangani and Dr. Tirmizy Abdullah. I commend them too.

Last but not the least to thank are the Ranao Star PH staff who really worked hard for the success of the activity. Headed by RSP publisher and general manager, Rocaya Sumndad Otical Yahya, the secretariat was composed of Lilia Rascal, Pipit Balt, Princess NY, Chino NY, Orakmama AbdulAzis, Nanaim AbdulAzis. And to the the IPDM utility people for their cooperation, I also thanked them.

After this very successful event, the first of its kind in Lanao del Sur, young media practitioners from this part of the world must take the cudgel to continue the advocacy. To do another similar yet more improved event in response to the fast moving and growing high technology of communications. This is what we need. What our people need. Now I started it and did my best but I must admit my best is not enough. My spirit is still willing to continue but my flesh is starting to be unwilling. Those who are in the know and practice the profession, please come forward and continue the advocacy. It’s your turn. In your own way.

To one and all, thank you from the bottom of my heart. MNY

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