Gabby Lopez and Charo Santos-Concio Lead 5th Pinoy Media Congress

Top executives from the country's largest multimedia conglomerate will face more than 1,000 communications students and academecians from all over the country in the annual Pinoy Media Congress to be held on Thursday (Feb 4) and Friday (Feb 5) at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Lead by ABS-CBN Chairman and CEO Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III, President and COO Charo Santos-Concio and Channel 2 Head Cory Vidanes, executives will engage participants in a discussion of issues in media and communication in this two-day forum organized by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE).

ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs head Maria Ressa, who led ABS-CBN’s election campaign “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo,” will encourage the audience to take an active role as citizens with her talk on Citizen Journalism while head of and News Mobile Charie Villa, together with Atom Araullo, will discuss the eithical issues involved in news gathering.

ABS-CBN Corporate Communications head Bong Osorio will analyze this year’s crop of political advertisements and what they do to candidates, electorate, and society

On the entertainment realm, Channel 2 Head Cory Vidanes tackles the current state of the television entertainment while ABS-CBN Head of Research and Business Analysis Unit Vivian Tin gives an introductory lecture on TV ratings in the Philippines.

The highlight of this year’s summit will be a presidential debate featuring candidates Sens. Noynoy Aquino, Richard Gordon, Manny Villar, former Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, and Eddie Villanueva who will present to the students their agenda for the country.

Pinoy Media Congress won an Award of Excellence from the Philippine Quill Awards and another Award of Excellence from the Anvil Awards in 2008.

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