Bulletin Reporter Bags First Prize in Biotech Journalism
Reporters from the Manila Bulletin and the Philippine Star dominated the awardees in the First Gawad Galing for Biotech Journalism.
Melody Aguiba of the Manila Bulletin bagged the first prize, Rocel Felix of the Philippine Star the second prize, and Rhodina Villanueva of the former Today received the third prize. The awardees received P50,000, P40,000 and P30,000 cash prizes, respectively, and plaques of recognition.
Finalists Romer Balaba of BusinessWorld; Rose de la Cruz of the Philippine Star, Carlos Marquez Jr. of Today; Sosimo Pablico of Agri Magazine, Angelo Samonte of Manila Times, and Romer Sarmiento of Today, received certificates.
Veteran journalists Zac Sarian of the Manila Bulletin and Rudy Fernandez of the Philippine Star were given special citations in recognition of their consistent commitment in popularizing biotechnology through their columns and articles. They were recipients of the Hall of Fame award from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Media Awards because of their having consistently won the award in the print category.
The Philippine Star won in the institutional category in recognition of its support in popularizing biotechnology by printing such stories.
Another article by Aguiba won as honorable mention. There was no winner in the best article and best photograph categories.
The winners were announced in the awarding ceremonies last Oct. 24 at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan.
The members of the Gawad Galing board of judges are Roderico Bioco, president of Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. …