Kapampangans bag top prizes in Brightleaf Journalism Awards

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangans and Kapampangan news outfits brought home some of the awards from this year’s 11th Bright Leaf Journalism Awards during ceremonies staged at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.

Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas, who hails from Mabalacat City, won the Best Agriculture News Story (national) for his article “PHL Retraces Journey Toward Food Security” and Best Agriculture Feature Story (national) for his entry “Can a 13-year-old Manual Save PHL from Bird Flu?”

The Tobacco Story of the Year award went to SunStar Pampanga reporter Ian Ocampo Flora for his entry, “Gourmet oil, bio-diesel and organic pesticide: The Future of Processed Tobacco Products.”

Anselmo Roque of Punto Central Luzon bagged the Best Agriculture News Story (regional) for his entry titled, “Pitch for PHL Rice Production in Sufficiency and Competitiveness,” while the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office III, through the “MANA: Maunlad Na Agrikultura sa Nayon Mag-agri Tayo” program in DWRW 95.1 FM Pampanga, was awarded Best Agriculture Radio Program/Segment for Information Dissemination On Avian Flu Outbreak at San Luis, Pampanga.

The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards was launched in 2007 by Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI). It is today continued by PMFTC Inc. (PMFTC), the company created in 2010 through a business combination between PMPMI and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC).

The Bright Leaf Awards are given to the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories in print, radio, and television. It also honors the most compelling photos that capture the essence of farming and the agriculture industry.
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