PACE is launching the book, PACE Turning 50: A History of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators, on October 20, 2023 during the opening program of the Communication and Media Studies Conference at the Lyceum of the Philippines University- Cavite.
Written by Dr. Crispin Maslog, former PACE president and a prominent Philippine and Asian communication educator and author, the book can be considered a resource material for communication and media studies particularly tackling the history of communication education in the country. It chronicles the beginnings and the journey of PACE into becoming the biggest communication organization in the Philippines.
“This narrative, carefully compiled by Dr. Maslog through research, interviews, and institutional memory, with co-funding support from PACE, shows how communication studies in the Philippines prospered by constantly examining the role of communication and education in addressing development needs,” says PACE President Mark Lester del Mundo Chico in a video message during the event held at the Philippine-American Educational Foundation Headquarters in Mandaluyong City on August 26, during which two other books of Dr. Maslog were launched: AMIC@50: Turning Gold, A History of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre and Remember People Power 1986.
PACE President Chico said that PACE commits to equipping communicators with the tools they need to be critical thinkers who can contribute positive change to the communities.
“From tackling issues of freedom and democracy, to achieving equal rights, to adapting to the revolutionary information and communication technology age, and now living in the era of automation, digitalization, and “fake news,” PACE has continued to rise to the challenge of rehumanizing communication education by promoting relevant policies, capacitating communicators, and providing platforms for collaboration for the general betterment of society,” he continued.
PACE Vice President for Mindanao Fraulein A. Oclarit, in a message, highlighted the role of communication, media, and education practitioners and professionals in ensuring meaningful and trustworthy storytelling in an era where there are too many conflicting narratives. Picking up from Dr. Maslog’s challenge on the need to pay forward, she said that this can best be translated in action when truth and integrity are manifested in the stories that people tell.
The book can be availed at a discounted price during the conference. Schools offering communication programs can avail in bulk via [email protected]. Proceeds will go the the Maslog Scholarship Fund for students in Silliman University.