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UPD graduate student wins in 7th PopDev Media Awards

A graduate student of UP Diliman received the Best Text Blog award during the 7th Population and Development Media Awards (PDMA) last November 29 at the Richmonde Eastwood Hotel in Quezon City.

Mark Pere Madrona, a journalism graduate (batch 2010, cum laude) and currently a Masters in History student at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, was recognized for his series of blogs tackling human trafficking, migration, and premarital pregnancies. The event was organized by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee for Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation.

The PDMA recognizes “outstanding media practitioners and citizen media who dedicated time and effort to highlight population and development issues.”

The Best Text Blog falls under the Citizen Media category. This year marks the first time Citizen Media was elevated as a main category, alongside Photojournalism, Print and Online, and Broadcast categories. This is in recognition of the increasing role social media is playing in shaping public opinion. Aside from a cash prize, winners received a trophy and a plaque.

The board of judges for the citizen media category is composed of former New York Times correspondent and freelance journalist Carlos Conde (chair), Dr. Grace Cruz (from the UP Population Institute), Rene Bartolo (PDMA Hall of Fame Awardee), Rep. Antonio Tinio from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and Rep. Teodoro Baguilat of Benguet.

Among this year’s winners are Maki Pulido (Best TV documentary for “Reporter’s Notebook” – GMA News), Mel Tiangco (Best Talk Show for “RH Bill: The Grand Debate” – GMA News), and Patricia Evangelista (Best Opinion Piece for “Method to Madness” - Philippine Daily Inquirer).