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.

Aug 2018
PHILIPPINES 07:35pm, Aug 20, 2018
DFA to help OFWs stranded due to Xiamen Air

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, August 20, said it will help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded at Manila's main airport over the weekend due to ...

BUSINESS 04:26pm, Aug 20, 2018
After 3 days, Xiamen Air sorry for runway mishap

MANILA, Philippines – Xiamen Air apologized on Monday, August 20, to passengers affected by the runway mishap that left thousands of passengers stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ...

PHILIPPINES 01:40pm, Aug 20, 2018
Envoy to UAE gets top award from Quezon province

MANILA, Philippines – Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana, the Philippines' incoming ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, received the highest award from Quezon province – the Quezon Medalya ng ...

PHILIPPINES 07:54pm, Aug 16, 2018
Comelec backs Gordon bill vs premature campaigning

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, August 16, voiced support for a bill filed by Senator Richard Gordon against premature campaigning. "We are very supportive ...

PHILIPPINES 05:58pm, Aug 16, 2018
After Duterte tirade, China asserts right to warn planes

MANILA, Philippines – Despite criticism from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, China asserted its right to warn certain planes flying over the South China Sea, Reuters reported on Thursday, ...

PHILIPPINES 02:21pm, Aug 16, 2018
UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

MANILA, Philippines – The United Kingdom and Australia stressed that the 2016 Hague ruling on the South China Sea is "binding" on both the Philippines and China, as sea disputes should be resolved ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00pm, Aug 15, 2018
Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

MANILA, Philippines – Taiwan on Wednesday, August 15, voiced its "strongest protest" over reports that it was a source of the P6.8 billion worth of shabu, or the illegal drug methamphetamine, ...

PHILIPPINES 09:06pm, Aug 15, 2018
Cayetano denies saying PH should put aside 'claim' vs China

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denied on Wednesday, August 15, that he said the Philippines should set aside its "claim" over the West Philippine Sea so that it can ...

PHILIPPINES 09:25pm, Aug 14, 2018
Duterte: 'Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass'

MANILA, Philippines – "Who is from EU here? Any representative from EU? Who?" The audience laughed – and a Caucasian-looking man eventually stood up – as President Rodrigo Duterte raised his right ...

PHILIPPINES 07:45pm, Aug 14, 2018
U.S., U.K. warn vs kidnapping threat in Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the United Kingdom warned their nationals against the threat of kidnapping in Palawan based on information from local authorities. The US embassy posted ...