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.

Jan 2020
PHILIPPINES 03:05pm, Jan 27, 2020
Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

SINGAPORE – Filipinos packed a 1,600-seater Catholic parish here on Sunday afternoon, January 26, to celebrate the traditional Filipino feast of the Child Jesus as they prayed to avert a new deadly ...

PHILIPPINES 03:19am, Jan 09, 2020
Nazareno devotees say goodbye to Vatican-bound Tagle

MANILA, Philippines – “Mami-miss po natin si Cardinal Chito.” (We will miss Cardinal Chito.) The rector of Quiapo Church, Monsignor Hernando Coronel, led devotees of the Black Nazarene in saying ...

Dec 2019
PHILIPPINES 06:05pm, Dec 16, 2019
Cardinal Tagle hits materialism, fake news on Simbang Gabi

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounced materialism and fake news as he led the first day of the Philippines' traditional Simbang Gabi (Night Masses) on Monday, ...

PHILIPPINES 08:02am, Dec 16, 2019
Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’

MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis made history by celebrating the Philippines’ traditional Simbang Gabi at the center of global Catholicism, as he acknowledged the role of Filipinos, especially ...

PHILIPPINES 01:28pm, Dec 11, 2019
Tagle’s office eyed as 2nd most important in Vatican

MANILA, Philippines – From a boy who initially flunked a seminary entrance exam, topnotch theologian Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is now the incoming head of what could become the second most ...

PHILIPPINES 11:20am, Dec 10, 2019
'His heart is broken': Vatican prefect Tagle breaks into tears

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle broke into tears in his first public Mass after Pope Francis named him prefect of a powerful Vatican office, an assignment that ...

PHILIPPINES 11:54am, Dec 09, 2019
Cardinal Tagle seen to step down as Manila archbishop

SINGAPORE – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is seen to step down as archbishop of Manila after Pope Francis appointed him to head the powerful Vatican office in charge of spreading the ...

Jul 2019
PHILIPPINES 04:56pm, Jul 13, 2019
Bicolano elected first Filipino head of Dominican Order

MANILA, Philippines – A Bicolano priest who served as vice chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is now head of the global Dominican Order. Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III has been ...

IN-DEPTH 11:30am, Jul 13, 2019
Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling

MANILA, Philippines – Three years after winning against China in an international court, the Philippines is achieving the exact opposite of its legal victory over the South China Sea. President ...

PHILIPPINES 09:20pm, Jul 11, 2019
93% of Filipinos want PH to regain China-occupied islands

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly all Filipinos want the Philippines to regain China-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea, said a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Thursday, July ...