durianburgdavao newsblog publisher Roger Montano Balanza is Blogger of the Year in First Globe Telecoms Media Excellence Award – Davao

SUN.STAR Davao bagged three of the seven awards in the print category of the first-ever Globe Media Excellence Awards held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel Friday night.

Virginia Arcilla-Agtay led the winners for Sun.Star Davao when her piece “Back to the Dark Ages” was adjudged Feature Story of the Year.

Also winning for Sun.Star Davao were reporters Antonio L. Colina IV and Ivy C. Tejano, who were awarded Reporter of the Year for Information and Communications Technology and Reporter of the Year for Youth and Education categories, respectively.

Kristianne Marie Fusilero of Mindanao Times also grabbed the Reporter of the Year award for both Environment and Disaster Response and Governance and Social Progress categories.

Sharing honors in the print category were Roger Balanza of the Durian Post as Reporter of the Year for Business and Entrepreneurship category, and Rene Bartolo of the Mindanao Times as Columnist of the Year.

Balanza, editor/publisher of the durianburgdavao newsblog (now THE DURIAN POST) , also won the Blogger of the Year award, Vinafel Araneta of ABS-CBN Davao emerged Reporter of the Year for Television, while Admar Vilando of DXRD Sonshine Radio Davao was awarded Reporter of the Year for Radio.

John Paul Seniel of GMA Davao received the Feature Story of the Year for Television award, while Randolph Cañedo of ABS-CBN Davao got the award for TV Broadcaster of the Year.

The Globe Media Excellence Awards also coincided with the 3rd Davao Media Freedom Day.

“As 2012 draws to a close, the Davao Media Excellence Awards is a fitting event to honor the best and brightest from print, broadcast and online media. The Media Awards are conferred to press people who have demonstrated journalistic achievement in their reportage of issues both of local and national significance,” said Yoly Crisanto, corporate communications head of Globe Telecom.

“We had a great response from members of the Davao media and we look forward to continuing this yearly event. Globe will always be supportive of the remarkable achievements of the members of the Davao media,” Crisanto added.

The awardees were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges led by Ms. Ma. Margarita “Margie” Moran Floirendo, chair of the Mindanao Commission on Women, from 24 finalists.

Other judges include Philippine Women’s College of Davao director Dr. Marario Tiu, University of Southeastern Philippines Institute of Language executive director Dr. Patricia Elbanbuena; University of Mindanao Institute of Popular Opinion executive director Dr. Ma. Linda Arquiza; DOT 11 director Arturo Boncato Jr.; ICT-Davao president Wit Holganza; Investment Promotion and Public Affairs Office director III Romeo Montenegro; Yahoo Philippines country editor Erwin Oliva; and Investor Relations Global managing director Lito Buñag.

Punongbayan & Araullo, a leading accounting, auditing and advisory services firm counted and validated the winners of the Media Awards.
The Davao winners received cash prizes and a trophy.

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