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.

Apr 2019
PHILIPPINES 09:05pm, Apr 18, 2019
Cardinal Tagle warns vs cell phone addiction: 'Parang alipin na tayo'

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle warned Catholics on Holy Thursday, April 18, against addiction to their cell phones, saying it is a form of slavery and a subtle ...

2019 12:18pm, Apr 18, 2019
'Renounce evil' in polls, Bishop David says on Holy Thursday

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on Catholics to "renounce evil" in the May 13 polls, as he urged them to "go beyond ritual pietism" this Holy Week. "As we soak in ...

PHILIPPINES 08:47am, Apr 18, 2019
Archbishop Villegas: Ignorance killing PH 'softly, slowly'

MANILA, Philippines – One of the Philippines' most prominent bishops warned that ignorance, which led to the killing of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, is killing the nation "softly and ...

PHILIPPINES 05:29pm, Apr 17, 2019
Cardinal Tagle hits 'sellers' of people: Repent like Judas

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle challenged "sellers" of people on Holy Wednesday, April 17, to repent as Judas Iscariot did. In a homily, Tagle recalled that ...

PHILIPPINES 10:52am, Apr 17, 2019
Trust in China 'neutral' as U.S. keeps 'very good' rating

MANILA, Philippines – Defying the preferences of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Filipinos' trust in China stayed "neutral" as the United States maintained its "very good" rating in a recent ...

PHILIPPINES 06:10pm, Apr 16, 2019
Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China

MANILA, Philippines – Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario slammed Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday, April 16, for his "mindless" statement that surrenders the West ...

PHILIPPINES 01:55pm, Apr 16, 2019
Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines voiced its grief on Tuesday, April 16, after a fire hit the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, as the nation sent its solidarity with the people of ...

PHILIPPINES 10:04am, Apr 16, 2019
PH eyes 'legal action' vs China giant clam harvest

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines said it is considering "legal action" against the alleged mass harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West ...

2019 04:41pm, Apr 15, 2019
5 top Senate bets have yet to register social media pages

MANILA, Philippines – Less than a month before the midterm elections, 5 of the 12 leading senatorial candidates in a recent survey have yet to register their social media pages as required by the ...

PHILIPPINES 04:40pm, Apr 10, 2019
Vietnam 'quietly upgrades' facilities in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Vietnam has quietly upgraded its facilities in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) since mid-2017, the Washington-based Asia Maritime ...