Doors are formally opened by Eugenio Lopez Jr. Center for Media Arts (ELJ CMA) – Senior High School for full-fledged public senior high school students who dream of becoming future journalist, filmmakers and media practitioners. The said school building 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 on Wednesday, May 16.
This is ABS-CBN’s partnership with the Quezon City government, Department of Education and Magna Anima Teachers College is now housed in its own building and grounds. The school is located along Scout Torillo, Kamuning, in Quezon City.
According to ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez, “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.
“This serves as the beginning of a long-term and concrete commitment to fruitful private public sector partnerships in education.”
Enrollment for the school year 2018-2019 is already closed. For those interested in applying for the following school year, students must have a minimum average of 85%, pass the entrance exam and interview, and submit a portfolio. Applicants from Quezon City and surrounding municipalities and provinces are welcome to apply.
Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN University president said the school also aims to ensure the continuity of students’ education in a conducive learning environment, “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, the principal of ELJ CMA SHS also added that having this unique media arts senior high school develops the students’ skills and gives them exposure to the media industry early on in their education, “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.”
Its curriculum was developed by the Department of Education and enhanced by the ABS-CBN University and Magna Anima Teachers College using inputs from media industry practitioners. Magna Anima focuses on the enhancement of public school education in the Philippines and trains instructors to teach in public senior high schools.
Since the school began formally admitting students in 2016, a number of students from its first batch of graduates last April have been admitted 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, said Dionio.
ELJ-CMA’s buiding is donated by ABS-CBN and built by First Balfour, Inc. on the land from the Quezon City government. The school can accommodate more than 400 students in its 20 classrooms, with facilities for a library, computer and speech laboratories, and an audio-visual room.