GLOBE Telecom has released the roster of shortlisted entries for its 2016 Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) in the Visayas.
From a total of 789 entries submitted by print, online and broadcast journalists, columnists, bloggers, and social media writers from Cebu, Bacolod, and Iloilo, 87 were shortlisted for the awards night set this week.
Cebu Daily News was nominated in four categories namely, Reporter of the Year (Ador Vincent Mayol for “Wrinkled Hopes”), Columnist of the Year (Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos for “Basura Pa More”), Photojournalist of the Year (Tonee Despojo for “Demolition” and Ferdinand Edralin for “State of Emergency”), and Reporter for the Online News Portal category (Jose Santino Bunachita for “Online Petition: Cebu Ocean Park Project draws flak” and Ador Vincent Mayol for “Shining Through the Haze”).
Five reporters from CDN’s sister company, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), were also shortlisted in the different categories.
Joey Gabieta, a Tacloban City-based correspondent of PDI’s Visayas Bureau, was nominated reporter of the year for his piece entitled “Kenneth’s Battlecry: Tindog, Tacloban”; along with Nestor Burgos Jr., a PDI staff reporter based in Iloilo for “Semirara’s Cycle of Tragedy, Hope”.
Both Burgos and Gabieta were also nominated under the explanatory story for print” for their report, “P18.4B in ‘Yolanda’ emergency aid distributed late”.
Also shortlisted for explanatory writing were PDI Bohol correspondent Leo Udtohan for “Rice bowl of Central Visayas is near empty”; Burgos and Carla Gomez (PDI Bacolod correspondent) for “One Negros: More than a convenience issue”; Burgos for “Taking the Visayas votes by strategy”; and Carmel Loise Matus and Burgos for “A costly proposition for integration”.
All submitted entries touched on any or a combination of the four (4) Sustainability Focus Areas: care for the environment, innate care for our people, positive societal impact, and digital nation.
Globe first launched GMEA in Cebu and Davao in 2012 as part of its advocacy in supporting press freedom by honoring media practitioners who demonstrate excellence and professionalism in their field of work.
Now on its 5th year, this year’s GMEA is anchored on Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of its advocacy to help create a “wonderful Philippines”.
The awards night, set on Thursday, September 22 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City, is part of the Cebu media community’s celebration of Press Freedom Week.