Bulatlat.com’s youngest staffwriter Anne Ednalyn dela Cruz wins a Hildegarde.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
MANILA — Bulatlat.com was cited by students of St. Scholastica’s College for its report in the implementation of the law protecting the rights and welfare of women.
The report titled, “More gaps than gains? | Anti-women portrayals, practices continue despite Magna Carta of Women,” written by Anne Ednalyn dela Cruz, received an award for Outstanding Achievements in Online Journalism.
The 9th Hildegarde Awards for Women in Media and Communication is named after St. Hildegarde of Bingen of Germany, a celebrated Benedictine nun. St. Hildegarde, who was considered a woman ahead of her time, was a counselor, linguist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, visionary and a composer.
Dela Cruz is the first graduate of the Mass Communication Department of St. Scholastica’s College – Manila ever to receive an award.
In her speech, Dela Cruz recalled how, some four years ago she, too, was busy preparing for the awarding ceremony as a member of the souvenir committee. She thanked everyone who helped her along the way, from the school’s official student paper The Scholastican, DZMM and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and Bulatlat.com.
Dela Cruz’s story was also cited in the 18th Graciano Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop of the University of the Philippines – College of Mass Communication in 2014.
Dela Cruz urged her fellow Scholasticans “to serve the people and write for the people.”
Apart from Bulatlat.com, other recipients were: Rappler for their story “SAF 44: The Women They Left Behind” and Vera Files for “Saving Metro Manila’s Last Urban Forest.” Each received a citation for online news.
News and public affairs program in broadcast, development communication and advertising also received citations from the students. These are:
“Most disturbing dinner” by Publicis Jimenez Basic
“Inakup Arekup” by Campaigns and Grey
“Sayang” by BBDO Guerrero
“Children’s Show” by Roderick Cabrido
“Run for Survival” by Save the Children
“18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women” by the Philippine Commission on Women
“State of the Nation” by GMA News TV
“Red Alert” by DZMM
“Byahe ni Drew” by GMA News TV
“Operation Tulong” by DZRH
“News.PH” by 9TV Philippines
“Buhay at Kalusugan” by DWIZ
Hildegarde Awards also handed a lifetime achievement award to filmmaker Ditsi Carolino and the late Susan Calo-Medina of Travel Time.