35th Catholic Mass Media Awards winners

The presentation ceremonies for the 35th annual Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) was held last night at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City. According to the CMMA Facebook page, they received 737 entries this year in 57 categories. Of the 737 nominees, only 216 were selected as finalists.

CMMA Foundation aims to “pay tribute to media products that enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience through the competent and professional use of mass media techniques.” The theme for this year is “Social networks: Portals of truth and faith, new spaces for evangelization.”

Here’s a partial list of winners based on various news sources:

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The 35th Catholic Mass Media Awards was held last November 15

*Best news commentary for radio – “Failon Ngayon Sa DZMM”

Best radio ad public service – ABS-CBN’s ‘Bantay Lakbay’ for Holy Week 2012

Best public service program for TV – “Saklolo” ng ABS-CBN;

Best TV Station ID – ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG)’s Christmas Station ID

Best talk show ang “Bottom Line with Boy Abunda” ng ABS-CBN;

Best TV special – “San Pedro Calungsod” (ABS-CBN)

Best inspirational song – “Kuya Pedro” of Star Records

Student’s choice award for best picture – “It Takes A Man and a Woman” of Star Cinema

Best Investigative Report – “Greening Cebu: Help or Hazard?” of Sun Star Cebu

(GMA News and major print media outlets are yet to write about the said event. Meanwhile, CMMA hasn’t posted the complete list of winners so far.)

PERSONAL: I submitted The Filipino Scribe as a nominee for the Best Blog award, one of the two awards under the Internet category (the other one being the Best Website recognition). I remember preparing a 30-slide PowerPoint presentation about TFS for this competition (I had to submit eight copies of it!). I even paid P1,000 as a registration fee last May. LOL

As it is, TFS failed to make it as one of the finalists. I had no illusions of winning in the first place. Although I believe my blog can win in terms of merits (it has been recognized twice before), TFS’ non-conservative orientation, especially on issues like gay rights and reproductive health, is definitely a huge drawback. Nevertheless, I joined since I believe that it’s better to try and lose rather than not try at all. 🙂

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CMMA deleted the Best Blog Award category this year, just like in 2012 (click to enlarge)




About Mark Madrona

Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: View all posts by Mark Madrona

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