By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2015 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Some 47 finalists are vying for 11 awards for the best in Filipino American journalism in the print category and two in television, one award each for radio, photojournalism and tourism stories for the fourth edition of the annual Philippine American Press Club USA (PAPC) Plaridel Awards ceremonies to be held next week (Oct. 8) at the Fort McKinley Restaurant on 101 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco, California at 6pm.
2015 PAPC PLARIDEL AWARDS FINALISTS
Categories include articles on print, online, or broadcast segments in Television and radio; and photojournalism. Entries may be in English, Tagalog or any regional Filipino dialect. For Tagalog and regional dialects, a translation in English is required. Plaridel Awardees will receive a trophy of excellence.
Inquirer.net Vice President – Marketing and Sales/Regional Director for North America Esther Misa Chavez, PAPC president, said during the event the first 2015 Torch Bearer Awards will also be given away to Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario for steadfastly leading the Philippines in its fight against China Aggression over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), and ABS-CBN/The Filipino Channel on their 20th year of continuous broadcasting and community building in America.
The Torch Bearer Awards are given to journalists and community leaders "For bearing the torch of the Filipino ideal and keeping it aflame through the winds of change and the passage of time in their work as journalists and community leaders, and for selflessly dedicating unmeasured time and boundless energy towards their mission.
“This year we don't have many publishers who joined in but their reporters and contributors sent in a huge number of entries covering a wide range of topics from local to international stories. On behalf of PAPC, we thank you all for making the search for the fourth Plaridel winners possible.” Ms. Chavez said.
Through the Plaridel Awards, PAPC aims to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of outstanding writers and publishers in the Filipino American community, as they chronicle the lives and times of kababayans (Filipino expatriates) to promote their ethnicity, champion their causes and provide a venue for their people to voice out their concerns, and ideas for the betterment of their society and the community at large.
PAPC invited for this year’s Awards participant Filipino American journalists and media outlets from all corners of the United States to submit their articles/stories published or aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31,2015.