The Federation of Provincial Press Clubs of the Phil, Inc. (FPPCP), a confederation of provincial media organizations, will celebrate its 50th founding anniversary in Aklan, a province in the Western Visayas, famous for its Ati-atihan and Boracay Island from December 5-7, 2013.
The Ati-atihan, acclaimed as the mother of all Philippine festivals for its uniqueness and significance, and Boracay, the world–famous resort for its white-sand beaches, will be among the attractions to some 200 press clubs presidents, officers, broadcasters, publishers, editors, columnists, commentators, tourism writers, book authors, including campus writers, advisers, social media communicators and digital media practitioners who will attend.
Strengthening the provincial press and the strategic role of community journalism will be the central theme of the golden year observance while constituting itself as the First Countryside Press Congress (FCPC) to dwell on various raging issues confronting the nation.
Aklan State University (ASU) and Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI) are the main institutional partners of the three day event.
On Dec. 5 and 6, Aklan State University (ASU) will be the venue of the golden anniversary. The delegates will later (Dec. 7-8) converge in Boracay Island.
The Aklan Press Club (APC) and Boracay Global Press Corps, Inc. (BGPCI) will be the principal media partners of the FPPCP’s 50th commemorative celebration.
Conferment of Recognition and Service Awards will be among the highlights of the 3-day affair.
The Journalism Department of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC), headed by Atty. Allen Salas Quimpo, will serve as the secretariat during the convention, with the support of the NVC Journalism students.
To recall, sometime in 1963, a group of Philippine press fraternity leaders, spearheaded by Teodoro F. Valencia, Macario T. Vicencio, Jose D. Aspiras, Ernesto O. Granada, Nereo C. Andalong, all former presidents of the National Press Clubs (NPC) and other NPC stalwarts like Blas F. Ople, Mao Chanco, Pacifico de Guzman, Vic Tagle, Dejaresco, Jr. initiated the formation of FPPCP as an adjunct of the NPC. Juan P. Dayang of the Philippine News Service (PNS), being the youngest elected NPC director and board secretary, and chairman of the NPC provincial affairs committee, was commissioned to set up the FPPCP. Since then, FPPCP has existed as the main fraternity of the provincial press.
Those interested to participate in this historic event are invited to register now. Working secretariat can be contacted at Suite 511, Marbella Building 2, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Telephone no. (02) 313-5302. Mobile Nos. 0949-1294777/Joseph-0908306026 /MP