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IT’S good that the directorate of the Federation of Provincial Press Clubs of the Philippines, Inc. (FPPCP), in consultations with its hosts, has decided to move the celebration of its 50th anniversary scheduled for December 5-8 to January 15-18, 2013.

JOHNNY DayangThe postponement was due to the catastrophe caused by super monstrous Supertyphoon Yolanda which disrupted power supply in almost the entire Visayas area. It’s heartening to note that as of today, power supply has already been restored in most of Aklan.

The FPPCP event, which will be highlighted by the 1st Countryside Press Congress. From Jauary 15 to 16, the venue will be the Aklan State University (ASU); and from January 17 to 18, the delegates will be transferred to the world famous Boracay island of Aklan, the Tourist Island Paradise in the Pacific.

Happily, the new January 15-18 schedule comes very close to the annual observance of the famous Aklan’s Ati-atihan festival. Many of the delegates are expected to return to stay in Kalibo for a few days to savor the gaiety and unique ethnicity of the Ati-atihan, considered as the Mother of all Philippine Festivals.

Some 150 officers of provincial press clubs throughout the country, including editors, broadcasters, publishers, editors, reporters, commentators, columnists, on-line journalists, photojournalists, journalists and writers from the academe, university and school publication editors, information officers, corporate communications directors, and other media related practitioners are attending the convergence.

Discussions during the plenary sessions of the press congress will largely dwell on topics such as press freedom and the spate of killings of media practitioners; security and protection of journalists, climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness; food security, and agriculture, local governments, and the state of the nation, among others.

The 4-day program will include receptions for the delegations by local governments, testimonial dinner, fellowships, cultural entertainments, river cruise, tour to famous tourist spots of Aklan, awards, exhibits, and other activities.

The visit to Boracay is anticipated by many of the delegates as an opportunity to relax and enjoy as well as to further deepen the fellowship bonds among them.

Organizations, institutions and individuals desiring to participate may contact Conference secretariat: 09491294777; Andy Vital – 09155354006; Joseph Punay -09083060206; Geraldine D. Fernando – 09175396235, and Johnny Nunez – 09984716476 . E-mail:pressclubsfed@yahoo.com.