PCP congratulates Candice Reyes for winning the 33rd Catholic Mass Media Award on Best News Photograph
Manila Bulletin wins 2 awards
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Bulletin was awarded the “Best Print Ad of the Year” in the 33rd Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) of 2011 held Wednesday night in Makati City.
The print ad, “Faith” won the CMMA plum during the awards night held at the San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe, Makati City.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay graced the event to hand out the awards.
In his speech, Binay highlighted the responsibility of media practitioners in ensuring the truthfulness of their work, in view of the influence they exert on the public.
“Your work and your decisions shape not just public opinion, but also the character of individuals. What you air or print is often accepted unquestionably as the truth by your subscribers and viewers,” he said.
Apart from the print ad, the Manila Bulletin also went home with the “Best News Photograph of the Year” award from the CMMA.
Photographer Candice Reyes received the award for her picture of a grade school pupil kissing her father goodbye before attending class.
The CMMA gives recognition to media entities that promote positive social values.
During the awards night, Binay and veteran broadcaster Korina Sanchez afforded each other cordial greetings.
Binay, who once accused Sanchez of deliberately omitting his name in her spiels in her news program, shook the broadcaster’s hand as she accepted the trophy for show her show “Rated K” which was elevated to the Hall of Fame in the “Best Magazine Program on Television” category.
Sanchez, who is married to Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) Secretary Manuel Roxas II whom Binay beat in the vice presidential race in 2010, was joined onstage by Ted Failon, who received the award for “TV Patrol,” also adjudged Hall of Famer in the “Best News Program for Television and Radio” categories.
“The Vice President was there to give out CMMA award. It was a very cordial meeting,” Binay’s Spokesman Joey Salgado said when asked about Binay and Sanchez’s meeting.
Earlier this year, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) once complained to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that Sanchez allegedly avoided mentioning Binay when presenting news on “TV Patrol.”
ABS-CBN management had denied the OVP’s accusation.
Meanwhile, Binay urged Catholics to teach themselves and the youth to be more discerning of information received through the internet and use the medium to uphold Christian values.
“For those in media, for us in government, and for citizens in all trades and professions, cyberspace is another arena where each one of us can live up to our Christian duties,” Binay said.
Candice Reyes’ photo by LJ Pasion, Manila Bulletin