ABS-CBN anchors Karen Davila and Abner Mercado bared the stories behind their documentaries and inspired almost 200 Communication Arts and Journalism majors with their experiences during the maiden voyage of The Correspondents DOCUniversity Tour in the University of Santo Tomas last Thursday, January 29.
The Correspondents DOCUniversity Tour is a roving symposium that will bring the program's multi-awarded documentaries and anchors Karen Davila, Abner Mercado, Bernadette Sembrano, and Ces Drilon from the TV to the campuses. The students will not only get to see their favorite anchors' best works, but they also get to learn the intricacies of their profession as well as their take on media issues.
The objective is not to showcase their work but to inspire the Filipino youth to be more aware and involved on the issues around them, and be active agents of change.
Correspondents Karen and Abner showed their documentaries as proof that a small initiative, like telling a simple story on another person's plight, can affect policy-making and bring about change in society.
Karen's feature on children in jail entitled "Batang Preso" for example, paved the way for the signing of the Juvenile Justice Law, which prohibits the incarceration of minor offenders. The story also won the Grand Prize in the 2007 UNICEF Child's Rights Awards.
Abner's piece on Mt. Everest, on the other hand, became a source of inspiration for many people as it showed how Filipinos Leo Oracion and Pastour Emata disproved naysayers when they conquered the cold and intimidating Everest.
Next stop for The Correspondents DOCUniversity Tour is Colegio De San Juan De Letran on February 20, 2009.
Meanwhile, Karen continues to deliver enlightening stories with a feature on Filipino ingenuity in these times of crisis. High gasoline prices and environmental concerns, for example, have fueled the development of vehicles powered by electricity like the "e-jeep" and "e-tricycle."
She will also feature Surigao's igloo-like structures made of sand and cement, which can be used to build schools. Join Karen Davila as she showcases more Filipinos innovations on The Correspondents, tonight (February 3) after Bandila on ABS-CBN.