Outstanding communicators, media works lauded

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Photo: Kevin Abellar)

MANILA, Oct. 14, 2016- A total of 59 awards in 8 categories were recently presented to outstanding communicators and media outfits at the recent 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Star Theater of the CCP Complex in Pasay City.

“We hope every act of communication is mercifully done. This is the only way that could evoke change,” said Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila, evoking CMMA’s theme for the year, “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter,” based on Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day.

Hall of Fame Awards were also given to those who have been winners for at least five years ; the Serviam Award, for groups and individuals who transmit Christian values through media-based programs; and the Pope John Paul II Award, for a group or individual who uses media creatively to uphold Christian values.

PROUD FORTIBOYS. The team behind Fortibus, the official publication of PAREF Northfield School for Boys, which won the Best High School Publication at the 36th and 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards. (Photo: Kevin Abellar)

Best work, communicators recognized

The CMMA winners are as follows:

  • Serviam Award (Institution): Paulines Institute of Communications in Asia (PICA)
  • St. John Paul II Award:

Atty. Eugenio “Toto” Villareal

Chairman, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board

  • Posthumous Award

Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon-Chua

CMMA Chairman & President

Hall of Fame

  • Best Children’s Short Story

Hearty; Zerah; Glowie, the Christmas Star; Yohwel, the Beggar of the Christmas Night; & Mikhol, the Cedar Tree (By Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB / Don Bosco Press, Inc.)

  • Best Business Column

Business Matters, Francis Kong / The Philippine Star

Student CMMA

  • Best Student Organ – Grade School

Luntiang Panulat, La Salle Greenhills

  • Best Student Organ – Highschool

Fortibus, Paref – Northfield School for Boys, Inc.

  • Best Student Organ – College

The Varsitarian, University of Santo Tomas

  • Best Literary Publication

Phoenix (Folio), Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas

1588: The Guilds Literary Folio 2015, Bataan Peninsula State University

  • Best Student Public Service Print Ad

Stop the Sale, Colegio de San Juan de Letran

  • Best Student Public Service Radio Ad

Wow Genie, Colegio de San Juan de Letran

  • Best Student Public Service TV Ad

Sign Language, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities

  • Best Short Film

The Prodigal Son, FEU Institute of Technology

  • Best TV Production

Yapak, Colegio de San Juan de Letran


  • Student’s Choice Award for Best Film

Old Skool, Till I’m 90 Films


  • Best TV Ad-Public Service

Chase, De La Salle University/ IdeasXMachina Advertising Inc.

  • Best TV Ad-Branded

One Year in Seven Days Manulife, J. Walter Thompson Philippines

  • Best Radio Ad – Public Service

Holy Week 2016 Plugs, Star FM Manila/ People’s Broadcasting Service, Inc.

  • Best Radio Ad-Branded

MOR Graduation Day, MOR 101.9 (My Only Radio) /ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management

  • Best Print Ad-Public Service

Burning the Midnight Oil, Edunasyon Foundation, Inc./ IdeasXMachina Advertising Inc.

  • Best Print Ad-Branded

Uplift, CLN Shoes / DDB Tribal Worldwide Philippines


  • Best Children’s Magazine

Backpack, Rex-Crown Publications, Inc. /CMN-Asia, Inc.

  • Best Youth Magazine

Youngster, St. Paul’s Philippines.

  • Best Family-Oriented Magazine

Family Matters, Don Bosco Press, Inc.

  • Best Local Community/ Parish Newspaper

The Windhover: The Philippine Jesuit Magazine, Philippine Jesuit Province

  • Best Children’s Short Story

Yaya Niya, Nanay Ko, Ma. Corazon Remigio / UNICEF

  • Best News Photograph

Season of Compassion, Alfredo Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin

  • Best News Coverage

Resilient Faith; Sacred Walk; Go Change the World

Ador Vincent S. Mayol & Eileen Mangubat / Cebu Daily News

  • Best Special Feature

Journey Behind Bars Ador Vincent S. Mayol / Cebu Daily News

  • Best Investigative Report

Young Heroes, Kate Pedroso, Eline Santos, Marielle Medina, Almi Atienza & Minerva Generalao/ Philippine Daily Inquirer

  • Best Opinion Column

Ang Inyong Lingkod, Dr. Hilda C. Onga/ REMATE

  • Best Comic Story

Wala sa Materyal na Bagay, Ben Gregory Aquino / The Bread Basket

  • Best Editorial Cartoon

Death Penalty, Steven Pabalinas/ The Manila Times Publishing Corp.

  • Best Entertainment Column

Word And Life Barkada, Glady V. Ramos/ Word And Life Magazine


  • Best Educational Program

Good Morning Philippines DYMF 963 Khz – Bombo Radyo Cebu

  • Best News Commentary

Failon Ngayon sa DZMM, DZMM 630 – ABS-CBN Corporation

  • Best Business Program

Bida Specials – Diskarte sa Buhay DXND-AM –Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation

  • Best News Feature

Feast of San Lorenzo Feature Story, DWIM Star FM Baguio

  • Best Public Service Program

Search for the Monster Scholar, Monster RX 93.1 – Audiovisual Communicators Inc.

  • Best Counseling Program

The Love Clinic, Monster RX 93.1 – Audiovisual Communicators Inc.

  • Best Drama Program

True Love Conversation: Story of Mercy, 90.7 Love Radio Manila Broadcasting Company

  • Best Entertainment Program

Radyo Balintataw-Ti Bunang, The Musicale, DZRH Manila Broadcasting Company

  • Best News Program

Bombo News and Views Morning Edition, DYMF 963 Khz – Bombo Radyo Cebu


  • Best Secular Album

The Great Unknown, Sarah Geronimo / Viva Records Corp.

  • Best Inspirational Song

Pag isipan Mo ang Boto Mo, Jamie Rivera/ Star Music.

  • Best Inspirational Album

One Praise Original Fil Christian Contemporary Music

Various Artists/ Jesuit Communications

  • Best Music Video

Thank You for the Love

Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano, Bamboo & Elha Nympha

ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management


  • Best Blog


Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ

  • Best Website


World Mission Publications, Inc.


  • Best Station ID

ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID “Thank You for the Love ”


  • Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program

The Veronica Chronicles, People’s Television 4

  • Best Public Service Program

Failon Ngayon, ABS-CBN 2

  • Best Entertainment Program

Dance Kids, ABS-CBN 2

  • Best News Magazine

I Juander, GMA News TV 11

  • Best Children & Youth Program

Aha! GMA News TV 11

  • Best Drama Series/Program

Be My Lady, ABS-CBN 2

FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, ABS-CBN 2

  • Best Comedy Program

Pepito Manaloto, GMA 7

  • Best Special Event Coverage

International Eucharistic Congress-Statio Orbis

People’s Television 4

  • Best Religious Program

Kerygma TV, Shepherd’s Voice Radio & TV Foundation, Inc.

  • Best Talk Show

Raksyon, TV 5 Network, Inc

  • Best News Program

State of the Nation With Jessica Soho, GMA News TV 11

  • Best TV Special

Warmer, ABS-CBN 2

Positive Filipino values

When CMMA was organized in 1978 by Jaime Cardinal Sin, the awards pertained to only four (4) media fields: print, television, radio and film. Advertising, as a separate category, was included in 1979.

With the coming of internet and mobile phones, CMMA included digital platforms in its 2001 categories.

‘Rock’ trophies explained

CMMA establishes itself upon a “solid” foundation of Christian positive values as “rock trophies” are given to honor the country’s best values-oriented media work. The Rock is a symbol of the CMMA’s steadfast commitment to the good values. “You are Peter, and upon this Rock, I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18).

The upward movement of the curved figure represents CMMA’s vision of “a transformed Philippine society” through the responsible use of mass media. The Mirror represents the Christian character of mass media, the reflection of the beauty and truth of Christ through audio-visual media that promotes total human development.

Meanwhile, the harmonious relationship between the two figures represents Mary and her son, Jesus who is the first Communicator, “the Word made flesh Who dwelt among us”. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)

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