Two Fil-Aussie websites selected Best Interactive Media in Migration Advocacy and Media Awards

Twelve media entries composed of print articles and books, film and documentaries, websites and blog, and advertisement are this year’s Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Award winners, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas announced last night (November 29).

The Australian Filipina and The Filipino Australian websites, both Sydney-based, were selected as this year’s Best Websites in the Best Interactive Media category. The websites are edited and published by Michelle Baltazar and Romy Cayabyab, respectively.

Now on its second year, the MAM Awards was conceived in 2011 and initiated by Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in line with the Celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day in the Philippines.

The awards in six major categories aim to recognize the significant role of the media in raising public awareness on issues related to Filipino migration, the challenges of migration and development, and advocate the cause and promote a positive image of Filipinos overseas.

The awardees:

1. BEST PRINT AWARD (ARTICLE / ESSAY)

BABALA SA MGA BABAENG NAG-AAPLAY NG TRABAHO
Publication: Abante, Middle East Edition, Bahrain
Author: Evangeline Francisco
Synopsis: An article about a distressed Filipina in the Middle East who was raped by her foreign employer. It warns OFW women not to easily trust those who they do not know personally to avoid encountering the same problem.

2. BEST PRINT AWARD (BOOK)

MY FILIPINO CONNECTION: THE PHILIPPINES IN HOLLYWOOD
Author: Ruben Nepales
Publisher: Anvil Publishing, Inc., Philippines
Synopsis: The book is a compilation of success and inspiring stories of talented Filipinos, Filipino–Americans and Filipino-Canadians who made it to the Hollywood scene. Among those featured are Vanessa Hudgens, Charice, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Bernardo Bernardo, Cristeta Comerford, and Mikey Bustos – global Filipinos who represent the Philippines as a nation brimming with extraordinary talent, wisdom and perseverance.

3. BEST PRINT AWARD (BOOK)

TIIS, SIPAG AT TYAGA
Author: Raquel Delfin
Publisher: Tatay Jobo Elizes, USA
Synopsis: The book is a compilation of stories inspired by the author’s experiences as an OFW in the Middle East and Canada. It also tells the stories of OFWs, their problems, issues and dilemmas while working abroad, and provide advice on how to overcome these challenges. It also inspires people and makes them realize that poverty is not a hindrance to fulfill their dreams, as long as they possess the values of pagtitiis, sipag at tiyaga.

4. BEST TV SHOW AWARD (REGULAR)

KABABAYAN LA
Channel: KSCI LA 18
Host/Producer: Janelle So
Synopsis: Southern California’s only daily Filipino television show specifically for and about the growing Filipino American community. It is a mix of news, entertainment and lively interviews relevant to Filipino Americans.

5. BEST TV SHOW AWARD (EPISODIC)

KRUSADA: LIPAD NG PANGARAP
Channel: ABS-CBN Channel 2/ DZMM Teleradyo/ ANC
Host: Henry Omaga-Diaz
Synopsis: The TV feature shows the travails and success stories of some OFWs who left the Philippines because of their dream for a better life. It also features government agencies which can help the OFWs when they are in distress abroad and when they reintegrate back to the Philippines.

6. BEST TV SHOW AWARD (EPISODIC)

REEL TIME: BATANG HALAU
Channel: GMA News TV
Executive Producer: Eleazar L. Del Rosario
Synopsis: A docu-drama that features different stories of the Halau people in Sabah, Malaysia. Halau which means “driven away” in Bahasa-Malay, are persons without any documents to prove their identity and nationality. Majority of them are Filipinos who left the southern islands of the Philippines to escape armed conflict and poverty. They recount the hardships they face as stateless persons in a foreign country, and their dreams of having a formal education and recognition of their identity.

7. BEST FILM

A MOTHER’S STORY
Writer: Senedy Que
Producer: Raffy Lopez
Director: John-D Lazatin
Synopsis: The movie shows the trials of an illegal OFW mother who returns home and discovers that she has become a stranger to her own family. It tackles the social costs of migration, as well as the problem of irregular migration faced by thousands of Filipinos in the US.

8. BEST DOCUMENTARY

TNT
Executive Producer: Nadia Marie Trinidad
Synopsis: The documentary gives an insight on the lives and problems of irregular Filipinos or TNTs in the US. It chronicles the continuing struggle of the “Florida 15,” a group of Filipino workers who claim they are victims of human trafficking by their Filipino employer who owns a recruitment and employment company. These seasonal workers from Miami, Florida tell their story of survival as they continue to seek justice.

9. BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA (WEBSITE)

AUSTRALIAN FILIPINA
Website: www.australianfilipina.com
Editor and Publisher: Michelle Baltazar
Synopsis: A website that provides day to day stories on the lives of Filipino migrants as they go about living their lives in their new home, Australia. The migration stories, articles and blogs in the website elevate and strengthen Filipino pride in the Land Down Under.

10. BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA (WEBSITE)

FILIPINO AUSTRALIAN
Website: www.thefilipinoaustralian.com
Editor and Publisher: Romeo Cayabyab
Synopsis: The website provides online news services and information relevant and of interest to the Filipino-Australian community. It features Filipinos in Australia’s multicultural community, skilled workers’ migration and political landscape with linkages to Philippine nation building.

11. BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA (BLOG)

DIARY NI GRACIA
Website: www.diarynigracia.com
Editor and Publisher: Mary Grace Hizon
Synopsis: A blog of a young OFW in the Middle East which recounts her day to day life, as well as the stories of Filipinos working in a foreign country. It also gives advice to her fellow Filipinos to avoid scams and illegal recruitment.

12. BEST ADVERTISMENT

BIDA ANG PASKO “ON DUTY”
Channel: ABS-CBN, Global Ltd.
Synopsis: The Ad is a clear-cut representation of how Filipinos overseas can find solace in clinging to old family traditions and values in the most trying times. It portrays an OFW coping with boredom and loneliness on Christmas eve, by turning a dull and lifeless situation into a joyful celebration.

Four countries, 37 entries

From among the 37 official entries, the 12 media works from the US, Australia, Kuwait, and the Philippines, emerged as the best in their respective categories for this year’s MAM Awards.

The panel of judges for the MAM Awards is headed by CFO with members from the different migration and media institutions, which include Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Presidential Communications Operations Office, National Press Club of the Philippines, International Association of Business Communicators, UP College of Mass Communication, and Blas Ople Center.

The Awarding Ceremonies, which will form part of the annual celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day for 2012, will be on December 18, 2012, 6:00 pm at SSS Magsaysay Hall, Quezon City.

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8 Responses to "Two Fil-Aussie websites selected Best Interactive Media in Migration Advocacy and Media Awards"

  1. Violi   November 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Sincere congratulations to Michelle Baltazar of The Australian Filipina and to Romy Cayabyab of The Filipino Australian for winning the MAM awards so deserved. Your websites have provided the means to highlight the contributions of Filipino-Australians in many fields, as well to keep everyone abreast of issues affecting the Filipinos who are making the sacrifices of being away from their loved ones just so they could provide better lifestyle and chance to succeed through education.

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  2. Lolita Farmer   November 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Violi, you are absolutely right. Michelle and Romy are two fine journalists issues oriented and keeping us aware of what’s happening.There are more that need to be recognised for their achievements.

    Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Bless   December 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    A big congratulations to both Romy and Michelle. It’s an award well-deserved indeed. This maybe an indication of greater harvests in the future so you better start making space for more to come.

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  4. Lolita Farmer   December 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Bless, the future looks rosy for filpressydney.Will wait and see as challenges will be coming.

    Thnaks!

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