Titus Brandsma media award nominees sought

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MANILA, June 19, 2015 — One of the country’s most prestigious award-giving bodies, the Titus Brandsma Award Philippines, which will soon recognize outstanding media practitioners, is still open for nominations until June 30.

Blessed Titus Brandsma, O.Carm., (Photo: Communio)

This year’s search includes outstanding achievers in press freedom, journalism, emerging leaders in journalism, community communication, culture, arts and Literature.

A group of respected media experts and artists will compose the jury to judge the awardees from a list of finalists received by the Awards Secretariat on or before June 30 and will consider theater groups, musical groups or choirs, literary writers, authors, songwriters, songwriters’ groups, visual artists, community radio stations, and community newspapers.

Its executive director, Fr. Arnulfo E. Alindayu, O.Carm, said the award, which is given every two years, may also be given posthumously.

It was in 1995 when the Carmelites established its media ministry in honor of Dutch Carmelite priest Titus Brandsma, a journalist and educator who was martyred on July 26,1942 in Dachau, Germany. He defended the freedom of the press and right to education, even in the face of death.

He was beatified by now St. John Paul II on Nov. 3, 1985 as a “Martyr of Press Freedom.”

In the Philippines, the Titus Brandsma Media Center is the Carmelites’ contribution to the media ministry and has always been committed to the pursuit of truth through spirituality and social communication.

Established in 1999, the Titus Brandsma Award aims to recognize and honor journalists in print and broadcast who lived out the virtues of Blessed Titus Brandsma.

Interested parties may call 7266054 or send emails to tbcmedia@yahoo.com (Melo M. Acuña/CBCPNews)

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