President Aquino, Ombudsman Morales lead PPI Press Forum speakerFor the first time in its history and in celebration of its 25th year since reactivation, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) will have President Benigno S. Aquino III and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales as keynote speakers during its 2-day by-invitation only 16th National Press Forum on April 23-24 at the Traders Hotel Manila.
This also marks the 48th founding year of the Institute since 1964. It was rendered moribund during martial law, re-activated after the People Power Revolution, and incorporated in 1987.
President Aquino will be the first head of state to address the only annual gathering of owners, publishers and editors from Luzon, Visayas andMindanao, representing 72 publications. The President is expected to deliver a message on the “protection and preservation of press freedom and democracy” in the opening ceremonies on April 23. Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales will keynote the Community Press Awards, honoring the best civic journalism reportage of the previous year.
Justice Carpio-Morales administered the oath of office to President Aquino on June 30, 2010, the first female magistrate to do so. The PPI Board was inducted by the President on October 3, 2011 in Malacañan.
The National Press Forum is the only conference of its kind when the collective leadership of the nation’s influential publications convene in Manilato discuss matters concerning the industry and issues affecting the professional and ethical practice of journalism. This year’s conference theme “Media Accountability and Public Engagement” will serve as opportunity for the media to assess itself since the restoration of democracy over 25 years ago. Attendant issues to be discussed will be the Asian Media Barometer: The Philippine Study, media self-regulation and the safety and welfare of journalists.
Since 2009, the annual National Press Forum, one of the most-anticipated print media events, is being consistently supported by The Coca-Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC) under its long-term project on “Building Better Communities Through Civic Journalism” which started in 2002 with training programs.
This year, St. Luke’sMedicalCenterstands as the exclusive forum partner. Other major sponsors are Chevron Philippines, Inc., First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Liwayway Marketing Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Anflo Management Investment Corporation, United Laboratories, Land Bank of thePhilippines, Pilipinas Shell, McDonald’s Philippines, Smart Communications, Inc., and PetronPhilippines. The United Print Media Group (UPMG) is the print media partner. Tv5 agreed to give full coverage of the event.
The Philippine Press Institute is the national association of newspapers. Its principal mandate is to protect press freedom and continuously professionalize newspapers via seminars, workshop, forums and strategic partnerships with other media organizations. It also collaborates with corporate supporters for the conduct of these activities.
Seven outstanding papers vie for PPI Awards
Four weekly and three daily regional publications have made it to the finalists’ circle in the 2011 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards. Weekly publications Mabuhay (Malolos, Bulacan), Baguio Midland Courier (Baguio City), Edge Davao (Davao City) and The Mindanao Cross (Cotabato City) figured prominently in the the screenings. Daily publications Sun.Star Davao (DavaoCity), Sun.Star Cebu (CebuCity) and Sun.Star Pampanga (City ofSan Fernando) also made it to the initial round of judging.
All seven community newspapers will be vying for excellence in six major categories: best in photojournalism, best in culture and arts reporting, best in science and environmental reporting, best in business and economic reporting, best editorial page, and best edited community newspaper.
The winners will be announced during the awards program on April 24 at Traders Hotel Manila during the 16th National Press Forum and Annual Membership Meeting of the Philippine Press Institute. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will be the guest of honor and speaker for the 16th awards season. No less than President Benigno S. Aquino III will keynote the opening ceremonies of the conference which has “Media Accountability and Public Engagement” as this year’s theme. The PPI is celebrating its 48th founding year and 25 years since reactivation after the People Power Revolution.
The additional category on culture and arts, which is this year’s theme for photos and stories exhibit will be presented by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA). The winner of the exhibit will receive trophy and cash.
The management of the awards, cash prizes and trophies are being funded by The Coca-Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC) and the six newspaper-members of the Board such asMalaya, Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, The Philippine Star,ManilaStandard Today, and the Journal Group. The TCCEC is the major strategic partner of the PPI for its project on Building Better Communities Through Civic Journalism since 2002.
The forum and awards are also being supported in part by St. Luke’sMedicalCenterwhich is this year’s exclusive forum partner. Other major sponsors are: Chevron Philippines Inc., Liwayway Marketing Corporation, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Anflo Management Investment Corporation, Petron Philippines, United Laboratories, Land Bank of thePhilippines, Pilipinas Shell, McDonald’sPhilippines, and Smart Communications, Inc.
Part of the donations will go to the training fund of the Institute to support workshops and seminars for its members for continuing media education and professionalization.