University of the Philippines Los Baños

UPLB hosted the second leg of the Jiggy Manicad TV Lecture Series on Aug.30, at the D.L. Umali Auditorium. The event featured talks by Manicad, UPLB alumnus and one of the most distinguished broadcast journalist today; Marnie Manicad, TV and film director and producer and Jiggy’s spouse; and Maricar Cinco, Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter and a UPLB graduate as well.

Dr. Enrique L. Tolentino,Jr., Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs gave the opening remarks and introduced Manicad to the audience, which was composed mainly of Development Communication and Communication Arts students as well as high school students from the municipality of Los Baños. Dr. Tolentino underscored the importance of media and media practitioners as agents of change and partners in nation building and development and commended Jiggy for his initiative.

Jiggy, an AB Communication Arts graduate, told the audience that the Jiggy Manicad TV Lectures series was born from his own personal advocacy and as a way of serving the public. He explained that it was conceptualized to give high school and college students the chance to learn and interact with experts and practitioners on the field, based on their own experiences, for free. Its aim is to conduct workshops on news, documentary and film production.

Marnie Manicad, the first speaker, talked about film production and TV documentaries. She is known for directing the indie film "Dance of the Steel Bars" and for producing the National Geographic documentary, Inside Malacañang. Cinco, the second speaker, gave tips and pointers about the print media and broadsheets in particular. Jiggy, for his part, shared some of his experiences in GMA as part of the news and public affairs team and gave practical tips in reporting and news production.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor through the Office of Public Relations.