Best editorial and design: PH Reporter receives 5th award in 10 years

Community News & Features Nov 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm
Hermie Garcia with Lt. Governor David Onley

Hermie Garcia with Lt. Governor David Onley

TORONTO–The Philippine Reporter was awarded by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council Award (NEPMCC) for “Best Editorial/Free Expression/Concept and Visual Presentation,” in the 2013 Award Ceremonies, officiated by the Hon. David Onley, Lt. Governor of Ontario, and Ethnic Press Council President and CEO Thomas Saras,  on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Queen’s Park.

TPR shares award with 8 other ethnic publications namely The Weekly Bagla Mail, El Centro, The Road News Media Group, Correio de Manha, The Sri Lanka Reporter, Canadian Punjabi Post, Eesti Elu/Estonia Life and Yeni Hayat.

This is the 6th time overall and the 5th time in the Newspaper Category that The Philippine Reporter – which has been publishing for 24 years now — has received an award from this national organization of over 650 media establishments, including print, radio and TV.

Awardees from the Filipino community at the Awards Night of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada held at the Ontario Lt. Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park on Nov. 15, 2013. From left, Enrique Castelvi; Lulu Marcelino (representing Manitoba Multiculturalism Minister Flor Marcelino); Thomas Saras, NEPMCC President; Caroline Mangosing of Kapisanan Centre; and Hermie Garcia of The Philippine Reporter.

Awardees from the Filipino community at the Awards Night of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada held at the Ontario Lt. Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park on Nov. 15, 2013. From left, Enrique Castelvi; Lulu Marcelino (representing Manitoba Multiculturalism Minister Flor Marcelino); Thomas Saras, NEPMCC President; Caroline Mangosing of Kapisanan Centre; and Hermie Garcia of The Philippine Reporter.

As Garcia stood up to receive the plaque from the Lt. Governor,  the official Master of Ceremonies, Maria Voutsinas, who is a member of the 2013 Awards Selection Committee headed by the organization’s Ombudsman, announced before the multicultural audience the specific reason for the award. She said:  “Mr. Garcia is the publisher of The Philippine Reporter, one of the most influential ethnic publications in Ontario for the last 20 years and the strongest voice of the Filipino communities of Canada. This publication is well known for its dedication to freedom, justice, social justice, democracy and its struggles in support of human rights and its defense of democratic values. The publisher himself is a well known leader in his community for his endless struggles to defend and promote freedom of expression and the respect and dignity of every citizen. This is the special element and the secret of the Philippine Reporter.”

The Philippine Reporter was the only Filipino newspaper of the nine recipients under the Newspaper category, the others being publications from Bangladeshi, Latino, Hindi, Portuguese, Sri Lankan, Punjabi/Indian, Estonian, and Turkish/Kurdish communities.

This is The Philippine Reporter’s 5th award in the Newspaper category during the last 10 years, and the 6th award overall.  The 6th award, this time in the Journalists Category for Community/Social Justice Category, was given to The Philippine Reporter’s co-publisher and Managing Editor Mila Astorga-Garcia by Lt. Gov. Onley and Thoma Saras, during the 20O7 NEPMCC Awards ceremonies.

The rigorous selection process that starts in the summer of every year is conducted by the NEPMCC Awards Committee headed by the Ombudsman.  Selection for the newspaper category includes external feedback gathered during the annual NEPMCC  Exhibition to commemorate International press Freedom Day at the City of Toronto, and the Canadian National Exhibition every summer, according to Saras.  Successful candidates for the awards are announced in the fall.

Aside from media, the NEPMCC also chooses awards in the Distinguished Services Category, and the Individuals Category, this time from among candidates in the community nominated by NEPMCC members of good standing.