ABS-CBN Kapamilya Internship: TV Production (May-June, 2014)
Top 1 Intern, Best in Creative Concept (Narrative), Best in Digital Media Concept
Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to conquer the world of television. And so, I applied for an internship at ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest TV station.
But this was not your ordinary internship, for all the right reasons. I came into ABS-CBN thinking that I would do typical Production Assistant work: making cups of coffee, photocopying scripts, and so on. Instead, ABS-CBN decided to create a once-in-a-lifetime curriculum, and we were the very first batch in history to experience it!
We were greeted by a star-studded orientation, featuring the different celebrities representing the TV production units of the station. We were then assigned to our respective programs for our hands-on immersion. Mine, of course, was none other than Kris TV. Only in this internship can I say that my first assignment in the real world was to work with THE Ms. Kris Aquino. Moreover, instead of just PA work, ABS-CBN decided to fittingly divide our immersion into three basic parts: Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production. I was able to participate through the whole process, from the brainstorming meeting, down to the final hours of editing.
Aside from the technical work, ABS-CBN also acknowledged the creative minds in us. Amidst the constant complaints that Philippine programs are too repetitive, I like to think that the Kapamilya Internship’s philosophy is this: Ok, we acknowledge that Philippine TV is repetitive. But instead of making a blog post about it, pitch your new idea to us! It might just be the next big thing.
They gave us talks and workshops on Creative Writing and Digital Media. With the guidance of our mentors, we were then tasked to create concepts: one for a new TV program (with help from THE Mr. Ricky Lee), and another for a smartphone app. A lucky few would then be selected to pitch their ideas to the ABS-CBN management — Director Lauren Dyogi, Mrs. Charo Santos-Concio, Mrs. Cory Vidanes, etc. — in the hope that their pitches would be turned into an actual program or app.
Not only was my team selected to pitch to the management, but, during our graduation, we were also awarded with the two biggest awards: Best in Creative Concept (Narrative) and Best in Digital Media.
Most importantly, I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Top 1 Kapamilya Intern of the entire program!
I extend the greatest amounts of gratitude to everyone who made the whole Kapamilya Internship possible! The future of Philippine television is in good hands. This was officially the best summer vacation of my life, and not once did anyone order me to make them a cup of coffee!
Assured employment c/o Direk Lauren Dyogi, here I come!!!!!