DAVAO CITY -- The Communicate Sports, a free two-day Sports Journalism for the Youth seminar,
ended on a high note at The Royal Mandaya Hotel yesterday with some 300 participants from the region
of Davao and other Mindanao areas clamoring for more opportunities to learn.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) public communications office head Emmalyn Perez de
Tagle-Bamba, said that the seminar, presented by PSC, got positive feedbacks from participants.
“We asked the participants to fill up evaluation and personal data sheets for our data
base. All topics in the two-day seminar got positive feedbacks. They suggest that in future
undertakings we could include sports broadcasting, writing sports editorials and columns, to have
longer workshops and critique and how to cover a live sports event,” Bamba said.
Yesterday, Sun.Star Davao sports editor Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan, during her
sportswriting lecture, said that sportswriters are a special breed considering the special jargons
that they have to learn not just in one event but in most sports that they need to cover.
She, however, said “You don’t have to learn everything about any sport at once, it’s a
continuing process of learning. Read more how other sports stories are written. Watch a live game.
Watch games on TV and listen to the commentators and understand how the games are being played.”
Veteran columnist and professor Ed Fernandez, meanwhile, talked about photography and
designing the sports page. He urged them to put prominence on good action photos to keep the sports
PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey led the awarding of certificates of participation
to all participants in a simple closing ceremony.
Bamba said next stop of the seminar will be in Batangas.“We also plan to have one in Cebu.”