Faculty

by | Nov 12, 2022

Bj Patiño
DVJ Program Coordinator

Bj A. Patiño is the coordinator of the Diploma in Visual Journalism program. He is also an alumnus of the Asian Center for Journalism’s Diploma in Photojournalism program (2010), and was a manager of the Center’s Panglantaw Mindanao multimedia project (2012). Bj was a contributing photographer at MindaNews, and is now a teacher at the Department of English and Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Booma B. Cruz
Lecturer

Booma B. Cruz, founding trustee and treasurer of VERA Files, teaches video production and investigative journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was head of Probe Productions Inc. and Unlimited Productions Inc., which produced award-winning investigative newsmagazine and documentaries on television. Prior to joining television, she worked in several newspapers as a reporter and later editor. A business economics graduate of the University of the Philippines, Cruz holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Lecturer

Paterno R. Esmaquel II obtained his undergraduate degree in Communication and master’s degree in Journalism from the Ateneo de Manila University. He also has a master of science degree in Asian Studies, focusing on the comparative study of religions in plural societies, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Paterno began his journalism career as a production assistant at Probe Productions, the Philippines’ first investigative news magazine on television. He then worked as a news producer for GMA News Online. He joined Rappler in 2012 as one of its first reporters and is currently its news editor.

Glen Charles Lopez
Lecturer

Glen Charles Lopez considers himself a left-brained creative. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Information Design and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science in Ateneo de Manila University. As a visualist, he use different media including photography, videography, motion graphic design, and computer programming to bring my ideas to life. His primary aim and hope is to bridge the gap between Art, Design, and Technology as a point of interaction and a means of expression.

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Pratibha (Prateebha) Tuladhar
Lecturer

Pratibha/Prateebha Tuladhar is a journalist, educator and communication worker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has worked as a development communicator in Kathmandu, Yangon and Chiang Mai. She has been teaching writing to photo journalists at the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, for the last 12 years. She also teaches journalism at the Communications University of Zhejiang, China for the University of Bolton. She is writes for Nepali Times. In the past, she has written for German Press Agency-dpa, for The Kathmandu Post and produced short videos for BBC Media Action, National Geographic and The China Daily. Her works also appear in the Nepal Earthquake anthology and the Harvest Moon, Poems and Stories from the Edge of the Climate Crisis.

Vicente Jaime R. Villafranca
Lecturer

Vicente Jaime R. Villafranca, better known as Veejay Villafranca, started his career as a staff photojournalist for the Philippines Graphic, a new national news magazine, before working as a freelance photojournalist with several international news wire agencies, including Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, Thomson-Reuters, and, later on, Getty Images and Bloomberg News. He subsequently became a full-time documentary photographer, capturing topics such as on the evolving Filipino cultural landscape, the effects of displacement on local communities, and the underbelly of gangs and secret societies in the Philippines. He is the recipient of the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant that featured his project on former gang members in Manila.

In 2017, together with MAPA Books, he co-published his first photobook, SIGNOS. Villafranca has exhibited in galleries and museums across France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Japan, the United States, and Singapore.

Veejay is also a visual culture and documentary photography lecturer at the Asian Center for Journalism and at the Bachelors in Photography Program at the College of St Benilde.

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