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 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:35pm, Jun 01, 2020
Philippines, Singapore ease lockdowns but here's the difference

SINGAPORE – While the Philippines and Singapore are both easing their coronavirus lockdowns at the start of this month, the two countries are miles apart in stopping the spread of COVID-19 while ...

May 2020
PHILIPPINES 04:49pm, May 24, 2020
Replays of Masses not 'invalid' amid pandemic, says Bishop David

MANILA, Philippines – A prominent Catholic bishop contradicted a viral social media post claiming it is “invalid” for Catholics to watch replays of Masses during the coronavirus pandemic, as it is a ...

PHILIPPINES 09:23am, May 24, 2020
Eid'l Fitr 2020: 'The bigger the test, the greater our faith'

MANILA, Philippines – Jun Datu-Ramos, 46, remembers the Eid’l Fitr feasts of his childhood: there was good food; his whole family was present; and everyone was full of joy because they knew their ...

RAPPLER IQ 09:00pm, May 23, 2020
Why Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr, the end of monthlong fasting

MANILA, Philippines – Beyond it being a public holiday and the end of monthlong fasting for Muslims, many Filipinos in predominantly Catholic Philippines know little about the Islamic feast of Eid’l ...

PHILIPPINES 09:06pm, May 22, 2020
Eid'l Fitr set on May 24 after rain blocks sighting of new moon

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Muslim leaders declared that the feast of Eid'l Fitr is to be celebrated in the Philippines on Sunday, May 24, after rain prevented the sighting of the new moon which ...

PHILIPPINES 12:02am, May 21, 2020
Former head of world's Jesuits, who lived in PH, dies at 84

MANILA, Philippines – He used to head the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church: the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits, whose 16,000 members include the man who would later ...

PHILIPPINES 09:45pm, May 20, 2020
Bridesmaids, groomsmen banned in Catholic weddings? Not necessarily

MANILA, Philippines – Yes, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released new guidelines against enlisting an entourage, locally known as abays, in Catholic weddings as a ...

PHILIPPINES 10:46pm, May 02, 2020
Pope broke tradition again to make Tagle 'cardinal-bishop'

MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis broke tradition again, as he did with 4 other bishops in 2018, to make the Philippines’ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle one of the highest ranking princes of the ...

IN-DEPTH 10:22am, May 02, 2020
Coronavirus in Singapore: 'Wala silang puso para sa foreign worker'

SINGAPORE (UPDATED) – My eyes glowed, and I felt the rush of excitement, as I was looking for lunch one rainy afternoon in April. While other food businesses have closed due to safety concerns or a ...

PHILIPPINES 10:00pm, May 01, 2020
Pope promotes Tagle as one of 11 highest ranking cardinals

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Pope Francis promoted the former archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, as one of the 11 highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican, the Catholic Church ...