Miriam College (MC) through the College of Arts and Sciences successfully hosted the 25th Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Annual Conference last September 27-29 with the theme, ‘Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia.’
“The theme forces us to question the seeming dominance of Western philosophies and paradigms in communication media in the Asia-Pacific. This event is a platform for reasserting the pioneering contributions of Asians in communication as well as examine the impact of Asian philosophies and religions on communication paradigms, strategies, and practices, said Crispin C. Maslog, AMIC Board of Directors Chairperson.
This year’s conference included sessions on Asian Communication Paradigms and Theories; Asian Philosophy, Religion, and Communication; Freedom of Expression in a Post-Truth Era; Communication and Culture; Communication Education and Training; Political Communication in Traditional and Online Platforms; Media and Information Literacy; and Children and Gender Issues in Communication.
“Legends” and experts in communication and journalism education in Asia Pacific attended and were speakers at the event. They were John Lent, Shelton Gunaratne, Ronny Adhikarya, Ang Peng Hwa, Cherian George, Arun Mahizhnan, and Peixin Cao. They were joined by Filipino communication scholars, among them Maslog and Florangel Rosario-Braid.
Keynoting the event was Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales who delved on the topic of fake news and post-truth era. “It seems that a big part of the population would rather believe, like, and share fake news sites, and echo the baseless assertions,” she said, adding, “Objective facts are regarded as less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief, and rational discussions become irrelevant.” She then pointed out the need to craft compelling messages that would resonate with the people.
Vice President Leni Robredo, who could not make it, gave a video message where she emphasized on the importance of freedom of expression as a vital tool in protecting the Filipino’s rights and their well-being.
Miriam College is a long-standing partner of AMIC. Large delegations of its faculty members and students represented the school as participants and paper presenters at previous AMIC conferences. “Time and again, our partnership with AMIC has provided our students and faculty the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with communication research experts and peers in Asia and beyond,” said Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus. “It is an honor for Miriam College to host this year’s international conference and provide the venue for more innovative learning and collaboration.”
The hosting of the event was spearheaded by Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is both a member of the AMIC Board of Management (BoM) and one of the Centre’s country representatives in the Philippines. Immediate past MC Department of Communication chairperson, Prof. Lynda C. Garcia, also served as country representative.
Closing the event was AMIC’s Secretary General, Ramon R. Tuazon.