The people behind CINEMA
Dedicated, committed, and film-literate volunteers who conduct weekly reviews and rating of films on the basis of their technical and moral content.
Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara
CINEMA is under CBCP-ECSC, chaired by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, Bishop of Pasig. The amiable bishop’s smile says a lot about his person: down to earth, approachable, gracious. We in CINEMA are so blessed to be working with such a humble, human and jolly bishop. (Plus, he likes movies, too!) Bishop Mylo is ably assisted by ECSC’s Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr Joselito Jopson, parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig.
Our team of regular reviewers and assessors include (alphabetically) Sr. Rose Agtarap FSP, Imelda Benitez-Dometita, Josephine Mabanta-Fenomeno, Sr. Consolata Manding FSP, Rizalino Pinlac, Evelyn Tirol and Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS.
Sr. Rose Agtarap, FSP
A communicator at heart and by profession, Sr. Rose spent a nine years doing communication work for the Order in Rome and London. Although Sr. Rose has been with CINEMA from the very start, her being a full-time student at present allows her to review only occasionally. A prolific blogger, she writes and speaks, mostly on media and evangelization.
Moira is an independent consultant for communication and stakeholder engagement in national and international development organizations. She has projects in freedom of information, infrastructure, environment, and other development-related programs. She also designs online learning programs for local governments. She volunteers for CINEMA and an NGO that trains the blind use computers at work and in schools.
A lay partner in the media and youth apostolate of the Church with international award winning video documentary script, a radio anchor, media education trainor/facilitator, communication professor, and is active in social media. Meldy is a development professional who has longtime works with NGOs, government and foreign donors.
Pie Mabanta Fenomeno
Creative Director and Scriptwriter for Family Rosary Crusade’s television programs. She is also Deputy Executive Director, Production Cluster Director, and Vice President for Operations of the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), a non-stock, non-profit development communications company producing media materials to address socio-political issues of the country through Gospel and universal values.
Sr. Ma. Consolata Manding, FSP
A religious nun and a Professor in Media Literacy Education, Sr. Consolata is a Founding Board Member of CINEMA, and one of the pillars of the local Pauline Sisters’ media education program. She gives talks on various media-related topics, such as the role of media in inter-religious dialogue and peace-building, and is actively involved in CINEMA-sponsored seminar-workshops for aspiring reviewers.
Rizal Pinlac, Jr.
Rizal is a multi-media arts practitioner specializing in dramatic and non-dramatic scriptwriting, print writing and editing, theater arts writing, acting and directing, voice acting, live events directing and hosting, and video film directing. He is Editor-In-Chief of the Light of Jesus’ Feast Mall of Asia bulletin- “You Are Loved””. Rizal was a professor of Media and Communication teaching Scriptwriting, TV Production, and Media Research at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Manila and De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). His past affiliations include RPN-9 as news features segment producer and ABS-CBN as drama scriptwriter and brainstormer.
Teresa is a multi-awarded journalist seasoned in mainstream media. As Founding Board Member of CINEMA,she writes and edits reviews and maintains CINEMA’s blogsite. Since 2004, she has served in the jury of eight international film festivals in Europe, Asia and Africa. As independent media practitioner she writes weekly gospel reflections for the ‘Philippine Daily Inquirer’, an opinion column in ‘The CBCP Monitor’, and life-coaching articles for Woman Today. A Secular Carmelite, she gives talks on the interior life.
Nurturing CINEMA 🌱
Having faith in CINEMA and the volunteers behind it are the principal nurturers who have from the start (2000) generously shared their time, energy, and resources so that CINEMA may continue cooperating with the Church in serving moviegoers and the general public.
Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, SSP
The consummate patron and moderator who as Founding Board Member of CINEMA has been with us from the beginning, and has continued to encourage and support CINEMA — in more ways than one — from Italy where he now serves as the Rector of the Casa Divin Maestro of Arricia (Rome), a spiritual center established by Blessed James Alberione.
Dr. Zenaida Rotea, MD
dedicated, hard-working and committed supporter of CINEMA since its inception in 2000 when she was serving as Executive Secretary of the CBCP Office on Women. Her untiring support of CINEMA which continued beyond her retirement reflected her faith in the relevance of CINEMA’s mission and her devotion to Mother Church. In January 2013, Zeny received through the CBCP the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, a papal award bestowed upon individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the Church and to the Pope. Zeny passed on to eternity on Feb. 26, 2017. REST IN PEACE, ZENY. CINEMA is eternally grateful to you. We will miss you.