The Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Studies Senior High School (ELJ CMA) formally opened its doors as a full-fledged public senior high school recently, giving opportunities to Filipino students who aspire to be journalists, filmmakers, and media practitioners.
“We are grateful and honored to be able to work hand in hand with the public to serve the Filipino youth by working together to provide them with accessible, quality education,” said ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez. “This serves as the beginning of a long-term and concrete commitment to fruitful private public sector partnerships in education.”
The Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Studies is now an independent public senior high school.
The school, a partnership among ABS-CBN, the Quezon City government, Department of Education and Magna Anima Teachers College is now housed in its own building and grounds. Last May 16 it was inaugurated by QC Mayor Herbert Bautista, Lopez, ABS-CBN University president Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, and representatives of Dep Ed.
ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez stresses the company’s commitment to support and invest in the education of young Filipinos.
Donated by ABS-CBN and built by First Balfour, Inc. on the land from the Quezon City government, ELJ CMA can house more than 400 students in its 20 classrooms, with facilities for a library, computer and speech laboratories, and an audiovisual room. Its curriculum was developed by the Department of Education and enhanced by the ABS-CBN University and Magna Anima using inputs from Media Industry practitioners. Magna Anima Teachers College focuses on the enhancement of public school education in the Philippines and trains instructors to teach in public senior high schools.
PNP Quezon City superintendent Gen. Joselito Esquivel, DepEd Division Superintendent of Quezon City Elizabeth Quesada, ABS-CBN chief operating for broadcast Cory Vidanes, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, ABS-CBN University president Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, and ELJ CMA principal Janet Dionio.
ABS-CBN University president Charo Santos-Concio said, “This campus was built as a home of dreams and opportunities for many young Filipinos who are the hope of our country. On behalf of ABS-CBN, and out of gratitude for being part of this partnership, we commit to continuously invest in and support our young men and women, who are the future of the media arts industry.”
Janet Dionio, principal of ELJ CMA SHS said that having this unique media arts senior high school has not only developed the students skills but also gave them exposure to the media industry.
Chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, and ABS-CBN University president Charo Santos-Concio at the inauguration ceremony of ELJ CMA.
“Because students have a school like this, they can take charge of their future and actually have a way to pursue their interests and make it into a career. It serves as a stepping stone to further their education and work towards a better life,” said Dionio.
Grade 12 students from ELJ CMA pose with ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez.
Since the school began formally admitting students in 2016, a number of students from its first batch of graduates last April have been accepted to some of the country’s best universities offering film and media-related studies, including University of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, according to Dionio.
Enrollment for School Year 2018-2019 has been closed. For those interested to apply next school year, students must have a minimum average of 85%, successfully pass an entrance exam and interview, and submit a portfolio. The school accepts applicants from Quezon City and surrounding municipalities and provinces. The school is located along Scout Torillo, Kamuning, in Quezon City.