SUNSTAR Davao is a finalist in nine different categories of the 9th Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) announced on Friday, April 29, 2022.

This year, SunStar Davao received the most nominations under the Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year with three finalists, which are the Davao Coffee Rising series by Editor-in-Chief Reuel John F. Lumawag; “Bayanihan or Kopyahan? The Rise of Online Academic Cheating Groups” by Social Media Strategist Ace June Rell S. Perez; and “Olympic Gold Dream Lives On” by contributor Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan.

Perez earned the most nominations with additional nominations for his work “SunStarFocus: Food Delivery Drivers Rain or Shine” as a finalist for Best Social Media Video; and “NoFilter: Heavy Siltation Turns River, Coastal Waters to Orange” for Breaking News of the Year for Digital. Perez was also a finalist for the #KwentoNgTagumpay: Uplifting Lives Through Digital Technology for his work titled “Happy Forest Kids: Helping the Youth Living in Remote Areas.”

Former editor Jennie P. Arado was also nominated for News Report of the Year with her story “Technology by Local Inventor Used to Dispose Medical Wastes from Vaccination Sites”; and Explanatory/Investigative Video Story of the Year for Digital with “How Davao City Faces its Garbage Concern” story.

In addition, reporter Ralph Lawrence G. Llemit’s story “Mayor to Certify Single-Use Plastic Ban Ordinance as Urgent” was also a finalist for Breaking News of the Year for Digital.

Photojournalist Mark A. Perandos is nominated for Photo of the Year for Digital with his submission “BIDA ANG SAYA.”

Cristina E. Alivio and Perez were also nominated for Newsmaker of the Year while Lumawag was the lone nominee for Editor of the Year.

GMEA is an award-giving body focusing on local submissions from Visayas and Mindanao that recognizes news stories in print, radio, television, and most recently, through social media, that have made the most impact on the community it serves.

During the last GMEA, SunStar Davao bagged six awards including Editor of the Year for Lumawag and five awards for Perez under Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Digital for his story Infodemic amid pandemic; Breaking News of the Year for Digital for Mati tourism reopens; health measures implemented; Social Media Advocacy of the Year for A Convo series along with graphic designer Reinhart Jerd Belviz; News Report of the Year for Print for The protocol heals or kills?; and Explanatory/Investigative Story or Documentary of the Year for Print for Teachers on the frontlines (a two-part series).