Paterno Esmaquel II


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Paterno Esmaquel II received his baptism of fire at Probe Productions Inc, the independent production company behind the first investigative news magazine on Philippine television. In the 10-person group behind the weekly show Probe, Paterno learned to perform the duties of at least 5 people in a TV production team – researching, field producing, transcribing, writing, and video editing.

When Probe ended its 24-year run, he moved to GMA News Online, the official news website of broadcast giant GMA Network Inc. His job as a news producer required him to report with speed as well as perspective on a daily basis.

Paterno’s training now helps him shoot, write, edit, and tweet for Rappler as a multimedia reporter. He covers religion and foreign affairs.

A 31-year-old journalist, Paterno graduated with a communication degree from the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University. In college, he served as associate editor of the school newspaper The Guidon, and did his internship with the investigative news magazine Newsbreak.

Seven years after college, he finished his master's degree in journalism under a full scholarship at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, also at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Paterno, a former sacristan and catechist, loves to read books and watch shows about the Catholic faith and Jesuit spirituality. His interests also include Philippine culture and education. He sees himself doing only one thing aside from journalism: teaching.

Sep 2017
PHILIPPINES 08:45am, Sep 23, 2017
Marawi bishop urges Catholics to adopt communities for rehabilitation

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña urged Catholic dioceses to "adopt a community" in Marawi City, as he presented the Catholic Church's "peace-building" rehabilitation program in ...

PHILIPPINES 07:18pm, Sep 22, 2017
'PH failed to detect signs that led to Marawi' – expert

MANILA, Philippines – Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna criticized the Philippine government Friday, September 22, for failing to read signs of the "build-up" of the terrorist Islamic State (ISIS) in ...

PHILIPPINES 03:47pm, Sep 22, 2017
Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – While professing different religious beliefs, thousands of members of various churches raised their fists and echoed a cry against tyranny during the biggest rally under ...

PHILIPPINES 11:02pm, Sep 21, 2017
'Euphoric,' nun says as Filipinos speak up vs tyranny

MANILA, Philippines – Former St Scholastica's College president Sister Mary John Mananzan said she felt "euphoric" as thousands of Filipinos staged rallies on Thursday, September 21, against abuses ...

PHILIPPINES 08:25pm, Sep 21, 2017
'Huwag magpatalo sa mga anay' – Bishop David

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David urged Filipinos on Thursday, September 21, to stop the destruction of society due to "termites" that eat up "our collective conscience as a ...

PHILIPPINES 11:15am, Sep 21, 2017
PH losing soul to 'Father of Lies' – Archbishop Villegas

MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas warned that the Philippines is losing its soul to the "Father of Lies and Prince of Darkness," as he urged Filipinos to wake up to ...

PHILIPPINES 09:31am, Sep 21, 2017
Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has signed the first legally binding international agreement to "comprehensively prohibit" and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. Philippine Foreign ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, Sep 20, 2017
'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warned against the "killing of conscience" as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic ...

PHILIPPINES 12:34pm, Sep 20, 2017
Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista hailed the decision of the House justice committee to junk the impeachment complaint against him because it ...

PHILIPPINES 04:10pm, Sep 19, 2017
Bishop to Duterte: Allow some Marawi families to come home

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña requested President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, September 19, to allow some displaced Marawi families to return to their city, as he also urged ...