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.

Nov 2018
PHILIPPINES 02:17pm, Nov 16, 2018
Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China doesn't possess South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffed President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, November 16, by asserting that China does not possess the South China Sea as Duterte ...

PHILIPPINES 03:20pm, Nov 15, 2018
Locsin says media should verify China weather stations

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr challenged the media on Thursday, November 15, to verify if China has indeed installed 3 weather stations in the West ...

PHILIPPINES 12:12pm, Nov 15, 2018
Balangiga Bells to make Korea stopover before arriving in PH

MANILA, Philippines – After the recently concluded turnover ceremony at Wyoming in the US, it will take days or weeks before the historic Balangiga Bells arrive in the Philippines, hopefully before ...

INSIDE TRACK 10:53am, Nov 15, 2018
After return of Balangiga Bells, will Duterte visit U.S.?

After the United States announced it is returning the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr remembered a question he got from America's ambassador to the United ...

PHILIPPINES 09:33am, Nov 15, 2018
Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines hailed the United States for announcing the return of the historic Balangiga Bells, as Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez stood side by side with US ...

PHILIPPINES 09:48am, Nov 14, 2018
U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The United States confirmed on Wednesday morning, November 14, that it is starting the process to return the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. US Defense ...

2019 06:05pm, Nov 13, 2018
Duterte critic appeals tag as nuisance Senate bet

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial hopeful Jude Josue Sabio, the lawyer who filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), appealed the petition of ...

PHILIPPINES 03:16pm, Nov 12, 2018
U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – A US Navy aircraft crashed in the Philippine Sea on Monday, November 12, after a "mechanical issue" forced its crew to eject while conducting routine operations. The crash of ...

PHILIPPINES 10:38pm, Nov 08, 2018
Lucena's first bishop now a step closer to sainthood

MANILA, Philippines – The first bishop of Lucena, Alfredo Maria Obviar, is now a step closer to sainthood after Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtues, the Vatican announced on Thursday, ...

PHILIPPINES 09:16pm, Nov 08, 2018
Duterte blasts communists: Why would I kill a lawyer?

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte denied he was behind the killing of a lawyer for communists, as critics blamed the Philippine National Police for the death of human rights lawyer and ...