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 2018
PHILIPPINES 06:13pm, Sep 19, 2018
Defense chiefs of Philippines, U.S. tackle ISIS in Pentagon meet

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met with his American counterpart, US Defense Secretary James Mattis, to discuss the fight against the terrorist Islamic State ...

MOVEPH 07:25pm, Sep 18, 2018
Iglesia ni Cristo donates to Typhoon Ompong survivors

MANILA, Philippines – The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) distributed relief packs to Filipinos, INC members and nonmembers alike, who were affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in parts of Luzon. In a ...

2019 04:30pm, Sep 18, 2018
Comelec: You want change? Register to vote

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez urged Filipinos on Tuesday, September 18, to register as voters if they haven't, "to help bring about actual ...

2019 11:26pm, Sep 17, 2018
Chair of poll watchdog PPCRV resigns after head surgery

MANILA, Philippines – The election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is set to elect a new leader after its former chair, Rene Sarmiento, resigned to recover from a ...

PHILIPPINES 08:15pm, Sep 17, 2018
Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Countries sent their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) killed dozens of Filipinos and affected 500,000 others. Here is a list of ...

PHILIPPINES 06:30pm, Sep 17, 2018
Sister Fox appeals denial of missionary visa extension

MANILA, Philippines – Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox on Monday, September 17, appealed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) order refusing to extend her missionary visa in the Philippines. Fox ...

PHILIPPINES 11:48am, Sep 17, 2018
2 Filipinas hurt, 41 rescued in Hong Kong due to Mangkhut

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipinas hit by debris, one of them requiring leg surgery, were among the 300 people in Hong Kong injured due to Typhoon Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the ...

MOVEPH 08:45pm, Sep 15, 2018
Christian churches seek donations for Filipinos hit by Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – The National Council of Churches in the Philippines launched a fund drive on Saturday, September 15, for families hit by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). "We call on our ecumenical ...

MOVEPH 03:31pm, Sep 15, 2018
Caritas sends initial P1 million for areas hit by Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, sent an initial P1 million ($18,400) in aid for areas hit by Typhoom Ompong (Mangkhut). Caritas Manila ...

PHILIPPINES 12:08pm, Sep 15, 2018
Australia, Japan offer Typhoon Ompong assistance

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Australia and Japan have offered help as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) affects thousands of Filipinos, said the Philippine government on Saturday, September 15. "Yes, ...