In March 2021, the Philippine Catholic Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the introduction of the faith in the country. The Spaniards brought Christianity to the country in 1521.
This project is meant to publish a fully-illustrated book on the history of the Church. Aside from stories, the book will contain dioramas, and links to Church music, animated videos and Gospel-related simulations. For more info about what the book will contain, please click here to visit the Website.
The book is aimed at convincing Filipino Catholics (86% of the population) that they -- the people -- are the Church, not just buildings, statues, rituals and artifacts. It is how they live their faith, how they help one another, what their aspirations are.
Your donations will go into paying the writers who will prepare the editorial materials, the illustrators who will do graphics, and the animators who will create video clips related to key events in Church history.
Your donations will also be used to print copies of the book (about 1,000 to start with) -- which will be distributed mostly to schools and parish offices. Electronic copies (i.e., PDF) will be posted online for free downloading.
The book, being heavily pictorial, should appeal to young readers -- who comprise more than half of the Church population. But adults will find it enjoyable reading as well.
My name is Noel de Leon. Until my retirement two years ago, I was executive director of a Church-linked NGO that produced media materials for evangelization and development. To view my resume and a portfolio of my works, please click here to visit my Website.
In the past, I have created publications similar to what I am proposing here. One of these, "Laudato Si Illustrated," won the Catholic Mass Media Award. It demystifies for laymen the Pope's teaching on environmental care.
The pre-production stage of a project like this usually takes 3-4 months. This stage involves research, script and article writing, illustration (both for print and animation), layouting and editing.
If I could raise enough funds soon, I should be able to finish production by the middle of next year, 2020. The rest of the year could be spent for distributing the product to its target audience.
Before the actual celebration of the anniversary in March 2021, there should also be time to publicize the product, to draw public attention to it in forums and in social media. This should "prime" the public well about the significance of the celebration.
I shall be happy to send free copies of the book to donors. To those who donate a significant amount, I shall send original artwork used in the book -- signed by the artist -- and a CD of animated videos linked to the book.
I shall, of course, send work-in-progress reports to my supporters.