Of con­tin­u­ous learn­ing and adapt­ing to new ways

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - BY ART TIBALDO

LEARN­ING is a never end­ing part of our well-be­ing and I be­lieve that the process to which we gain knowl­edge and learn new things is un­lim­ited. Now that I have be­come a cer­ti­fied grand­fa­ther be­ing chal­lenged by a five year-old grand­child to play chess, I started to re-learn the game all over again as it was decades ago when I first lifted a game piece from rook to the king. I was also re­minded by my ward who said that the queen is the most pow­er­ful piece in the chess game as it can move ver­ti­cally, hor­i­zon­tally or di­ag­o­nally and can also jump at any num­ber of squares. As I moved my knight two squares away for a strik­ing po­si­tion, I was re­minded of the epic Iliad that nar­rates the story of the Greek strug­gle to res­cue Helen, a Greek queen, from her Tro­jan cap­tors. I first learned about the Tro­jan War and the epic Odyssey from my Lit­er­a­ture class back in col­lege and from the movie Ulysses star­ring Kirk Dou­glas.

I couldn’t for­get the line “the face that could launch a thou­sand ships” in the epic about the queen, Helen of Troy who was said to be so beau­ti­ful that, when she was ab­ducted, a fleet of a thou­sand ships set sail to win her back from Paris, spark­ing the Tro­jan Wars. The Tro­jan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans af­ter Paris of Troy took Helen from her hus­band Menelaus, king of Sparta.

To­day, a dif­fer­ent Tro­jan or Tro­jan horse is known as any ma­li­cious com­puter pro­gram which mis­leads users of its true in­tent. It is a soft­ware de­vel­oped by hack­ers and cy­ber-crim­i­nals to spy on the vic­tim user, gain illegal ac­cess to the sys­tem and ex­tract sen­si­tive data while dis­guis­ing as le­git­i­mate soft­ware.

As for me, I have con­quered my Helen in my late twen­ties and both of us have hur­dled and sur­passed bat­tles in life.

With a few more years be­fore my re­tire­ment from pub­lic ser­vice and ea­ger to visit the so­cial wel­fare of­fice to avail a dis­count card as a se­nior cit­i­zen, I am also proud to say that I have be­come a fos­ter par­ent to a num­ber young of­fi­cers and some are al­ready in the armed forces, air force, coast guard, na­tional po­lice and mer­chant marine.

Re­cently, I at­tended a two-day train­ing con­ducted by the Philip­pine In­for­ma­tion Agency-CAR and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cers Cordillera (#ASGIOCO) that ba­si­cally scratches the sur­face of Quad Me­dia since it takes weeks or months to com­pletely re­view the rudi­ments of print, ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and so­cial me­dia.

I reg­is­tered as the in­terim Pres­i­dent of ASGIOCO and I was pleased to note that two of the re­source speak­ers were my for­mer stu­dents in com­mu­ni­ca­tion when the Uni­ver­sity of the Cordilleras was still the Baguio Col­leges Foun­da­tion. Dur­ing the first day of the train­ing, my wife, PIA-CAR Re­gional Di­rec­tor Helen Tibaldo warmly wel­comed the gov­ern­ment pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers from re­gional line agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units who came from the six prov­inces and 2 cities of CAR say­ing that the event is the first of its kind to hap­pen in the re­gion.

On her topic on writ­ing for tra­di­tional me­dia and so­cial me­dia, Jane Cadalig said that the Baguio Mid­land Courier want the pub­lic to be aware of prob­lems so that they can help them­selves and that some­thing pos­i­tive can be done and not dwell on prob­lems alone. In his lecture Jor­dan Tablac of Bombo Radyo-Baguio stressed the “So what and who says what?” and dis­cussed the role of ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pub­lic. Ra­dio broad­cast is also the theater of the mind said Jor­dan im­pressed who I re­call had stints in ca­ble tele­vi­sion as a seg­ment pro­ducer.

For his part, Dho­bie de Guz­man of ABS-CBN North Lu­zon in­formed the par­tic­i­pants of the im­por­tance of mov­ing images and telling au­dio-vis­ual stories that are shown in proper con­text. He adds that in about three to four years’ time, news teams may no longer in­clude a cam­era­man as smart­phones are likely to be­come the stan­dard mul­ti­me­dia record­ing sys­tem as it is al­ready be­ing used to­day.

No mat­ter how fast things are shap­ing up es­pe­cially in the field of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and other re­lated fields, I still be­lieve in the old wis­dom of go­ing back to the ba­sics like start­ing from the Greeks.

As a fine arts stu­dent over three decades ago at the Uni­ver­sity of Santo To­mas, we stud­ied hu­man anatomy by draw­ing ev­ery curves and lines of the replica stat­ues of Aphrodite, Venus de Milo and Dis­cobo­los Lan­cel­loti, the dis­cus thrower known as one of the most iconic art­works of clas­si­cal an­tiq­uity sculpted in bronze by an Athe­nian man called Myron. While I can adapt to new ways us­ing photography, com­puter pro­grams and dig­i­tal gad­gets, I pre­fer to be as prim­i­tive when it comes to my art.

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