Association of Philippine Newspapers celebrate 55th year.

With the age of Digital and Online Journalism happening, Newspapers remain to be one of the pillars of the modern world existing and still fighting against many media platform today. That’s the real message of Philippine Press Institute, also known as the national association of Philippine newspapers since 1964 as they hold the annual National Press Forum last July 4 to 6 at the Hotel Jen in Manila.
Celebrating the 55th year as an association, and 23rd year for the forum, PPI remains to be the best venue of data gathering directly from selected speakers who share an opinion, ideas, and suggestion for the nation building. With attendees from all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao editors and publishers, this year’s theme is “Governance, Democracy Media: Building Better Communities”.

Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr is the keynote speaker of the forum last July 5, he delivers meaningful and full insights about federalism. Pimental said that many Filipinos until now still do not understand the concept of federalism, and he believes it’s the media who still have the big role in educating the majority about this government system that the current administration is pursuing. Pimentel is a member of the consultative committee.
Other speakers include former Commissions on Elections Chairman Atty. Christian Monsod, Erwin Caliba, chief of the Legal, Legislative and Linkages of the Policy Advisory Office of the Commission of Human Rights, and Cheryl Daytec-Yangot, former Justice assistant secretary and a lecturer on issues concerning Indigenous Peoples and Gotz Heinicke, resident representative of PPI partner Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Newly elected chairman and President of PPI is Rolando Estabillo of Manila Standard, and Amalia Cabusao of Mindanao Times from Davao City as the Vice President. The Forum will not be complete without the result of 2019 Civic Journalism Community Press Award. And here is the complete list of winners.
2018 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards winners (from PPI site)
Cebu Daily News-Best Edited Community Newspaper, Best Editorial Page, and Best in Photojournalism.

Edge Davao- Best in Business and Economic Reporting and Best in Environment Reporting awards for the daily newspaper category.

Herald Express and Baguio Chronicle- Best Edited Newspaper and Best in Environment Reporting, for the weekly newspaper category.

The Bohol Chronicle- Best Editorial Page;

Business Week Mindanao from Cagayan De Oro- Best in Business and Economic Reporting
 Metro Post from Dumaguete- Best in Photojournalism.

The panel of judges for the press awards was composed of Joyce Babe Pañares, PPI trustee and news editor of Manila Standard as chairperson; Nickel Asia Corporation vice president for corporate communication Jose Bayani Baylon; Science and Development Network Asia Pacific Coordinator Joel Adriano; University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication dean Arminda Santiago; and Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines member Angelo de Silva.

The PPI 23rd Press Forum and Civic Journalism Award is being supported by Nickel Asia Corporation as its principal partner for the conference and awards, and in part by Kusog Bikolandia and Hanns Seidel Foundation as major sponsors, SM Investments Corporation as a minor sponsor, Smart Communications, PAGCOR, Ayala Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, PAGLAS Group, McDonald’s, PCSO, and Hotel Jen.

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