‘BATA AKO’ to highlight child’s welfare

By Our Partner

If the children are our future, what are we doing to safeguard their present conditions?

BATA AKO, a conference to be held here in Iloilo City on November 7 & 8 at Diversion 21 Hotel, poses this question and aims to shed light on the challenges as well as provide the answers to the issues that beset children’s content and welfare.

Bata Ako - Project Iloilo
Key speakers from the Cameleon Association Inc, National Council on Children’s Television, Animation Council of the Philippines, child specialists and award-winning writers will lecture on topics concerning children’s books and literature, culture, media exposure, health, sexual abuse and children’s rights in November.

With a series of other activities including a medical mission, BATA AKO will culminate with Children’s Celebration, a day filled with arts, storytelling, games and films.

This month-long event seeks the most active participation from child’s rights advocates, writers, illustrators, youth, parents, teachers and campus journalists.

For the young ones, prizes from ₱5,000 to ₱10,000 are at stake for the feature writing contest and short film contest respectively that has been launched to further promote children’s welfare.

Individuals can now register for BATA AKO Conference with students at ₱1,800 and professionals at ₱2,000. The fee covers the two-day (2-day) affair inclusive of morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, kits, guides, items and certificates.

Interested parties can help fund the events through purchase of t-shirt and pledges of certain amounts that will be rewarded with free event passes and goodies.

For inquiries, one can contact BATA AKO organizers at 0927-9252-734 (Globe), 0929-0826-265 (Smart) or at [email protected] Visit the official event page here for more info.



Note: Changes will be made without further notice

November 6, Sunday
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Press Conference
Cirque de Cameleon // Magic Science

November 7, Monday
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

8: 30 AM – 9:00 AM
Opening proper

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Children TV and Media Literacy
Promotion of OYAYI – “Oyayi” strives to instill environmental consciousness and cultural appreciation among Filipino children through topics relating to nature and community. Characters in the program are inspired by indigenous endangered species such as butanding (whale shark), pilandok (mouse deer), tarsier, and tamaraw, among others. “Oyayi” will go on air in 2016.
Daisy Atienza, National Council for Children’s Television

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Importance and Bright Future of Children’s Books
Tarie Sabido, Chair, Philippine Board on Books for Young People

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Indigenous Panay Epic Stories for Children
Book Launching
Dr. Alicia P. Magos, Professor Emeritus
Rara Ramirez, Publications Circulation Officer

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Importance of Mother Tongue in Children’s Books
Dr. Leoncio Deriada, Father of Western Visayas Literature

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Controversial Topics in Children’s Books
Tarie Sabido, Chair, Philippine Board on Books for Young People

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Snacks

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Comics, Children, Culture
Carljoe Javier, fiction and creative non-fiction
Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Literary Awardee

November 8, Tuesday
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Children’s mental health
Dr. Japhet Fernandez de Leon, Child Psychiatrist, President, Iloilo Medical Society

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Sexually abused children stories
Cameleon Association Inc.

11:00 – 12:00 PM
Realizing Children’s Rights in the Philippines
Atty. Sedfrey L. Cabaluna

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Storytelling Panel Discussion
Dave Bermudo, Ventriloquism
Pocholo Gonzales, The Voice Master philipines
Glory Moralidad, Bata Ako Ph

2:30 – 3:30 PM
Talk on Pinoy Animation
Rose Gonzales, Executive Director, Animation Council of The Philippines

3:30 – 4:00 PM Snacks

4:00 – up – Screening of films

November 12 – Medical Mission

November 19 – Main Celebration
Children’s Film / Show

November 27 – Thanksgiving, advocacy and reports