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.

Jun 2018
PHILIPPINES 02:48pm, Jun 18, 2018
No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipinos have been reported hurt after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake killed at least 3 people in Osaka, Japan, on ...

PHILIPPINES 02:30pm, Jun 18, 2018
U.S. hails arrests of 2 convicts in U.S. Marine's murder

MANILA, Philippines – The US embassy in the Philippines on Monday, June 18, hailed the arrests of two convicts in the high-profile 2012 murder of US Marine George Anikow, the husband of a former US ...

PHILIPPINES 07:35am, Jun 18, 2018
More Catholics outraged by killings of priests

MANILA, Philippines – More Catholics showed outrage against the killings of priests as President Rodrigo Duterte continues what they call the "verbal persecution" of the Catholic Church. Catholic ...

PHILIPPINES 07:10pm, Jun 17, 2018
Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings

MANILA, Philippines – Bishops on Sunday, June 17, criticized priests who carry guns for their personal safety, as certain quarters have proposed arming clergymen in the face of recent ...

PHILIPPINES 08:30pm, Jun 14, 2018
DFA launches ePayment for passport applications

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday, June 14, launched its ePayment portal that requires passport applicants to "pre-pay" their passport processing fees before ...

PHILIPPINES 11:45am, Jun 14, 2018
DFA to open 100,000 passport appointment slots on June 14

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will open 100,000 slots in its passport appointment system on Thursday, June 14, said Foreign Secretary Alan Peter ...

INSIDE TRACK 10:28am, Jun 14, 2018
Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Filipino, Chinese, or Vietnamese fishermen can be apprehended if caught taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West ...

PHILIPPINES 04:19pm, Jun 13, 2018
PTV to air Chinese series, cartoons, movies dubbed in Tagalog

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' state-run People's Television Network (PTV) will air Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons, and movies dubbed in Tagalog, Chinese Ambassador to the ...

PHILIPPINES 11:30am, Jun 13, 2018
Top Catholic seminary condemns killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

MANILA, Philippines – Leading Catholic seminary San Carlos condemned the killing of Father Richmond Nilo, its alumnus, as it sought justice for the 3rd priest slain in the Philippines in less than 7 ...

PHILIPPINES 04:15pm, Jun 12, 2018
Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

MANILA, Philippines – Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urged the Philippine government to sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) as recently exposed in a GMA News ...