The Freeman’s candidate bags Miss Press Freedom title
Cebu Press Freedom Day bill pushed at Senate
His answer about responsible journalism to fight fake news helped seal the win for Christian Orellano, assistant online coordinator for CEBU DAILY NEWS, as he bagged the Mr. Press Freedom 2017 title.
“How in your own sphere of influence as journalist will you fight fake news and the trolls?” This was the question from Charo Logarta-Lagamon, director of corporate communications of Cebu Pacific, for Orellano.
“As a journalist we have been thought to be responsible in our journalism. As a journalist we should be faithful and committed and put our heart in responsible journalism. We should be patient in delivering to the people the accuracy and thoughtful journalism,” Orellano answered.
This is CDN’s third win for Mr. Press Freedom title after Victor Anthony Silva and Rabboni Borbon in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Other winners for the Mr. Press Freedom 2017 are Giovanni Malitao Jr., of Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (1st runner-up) and Henry James Cinco of Sun.Star Cebu (2nd runnerup).
Dezsa Rubio, assistant Lifestyle editor for The Freeman won the Ms. Press Freedom 2017 title and answered question from Paul Gotiong.
“What is the greatest problem in our society today and how do you think you can do it though media?” Gotiong questioned Rubio.
“I think the greatest problem in our society today is misinformation to the advent of technology and in social media. And how the people have the freedom to inform people those to social media. People can misinform a lot of times. If we are not responsible enough in verifying information then we will be blindsided by peo- ple who pursue selfishness in order to manipulate people in believing false information. As a journalist, it is my responsibility to inform people about verifying information. Like in The Freeman, we verify information multiple times through calling different sources and showing all sides of the story. It is important to go to credible sites and other news publications rather than just checking out bloggers or Facebook pages. That is I think the greatest problem in our society,” Rubio said.
Other winners for Ms. BU DAILY NEWS CDN’s Press Freedom 2017 are Cheche Lara of CDN (1st runner-up), Erika Gocuan of Sun.Star Cebu (2nd runner-up), and Shaira Saraña of KBP (3rd runner-up).
During the production number, candidates wore the creations of Lemuel Rosos.
Second segment showed candidates wearing cut and style which bore statement shirts.
Candidates during the evening gown and suit competition wore Malayka Yamas and Roy Tizon’s creations.
Guest performers were CE- Viva artist Juanita Romualdez, girl group Maka Girls (Gen Flores, KC Dilao and Raechelle Faelnar), and dance crew Knapsack.
The event was hosted by Mr. Press Freedom 2015 Victor Anthony Silva, business writer for CDN.
Other members of the board of j udges are Raine Baljak, Miss Cebu 2016, Eleanor Velasco, owner Skin 911, and Jesus Boy Bosque, assistant vice president for VisMin and special assistant and the chairman of Viva Communications, Inc. PASSAGE of a House bill seeking to declare Sept. 21 of each year as Cebu Press Freedom Day is being pushed at the Senate.
House Bill No. 5688 also seeks the declaration of a special working holiday in Cebu City and Cebu province during the celebration.
Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu north district), the sponsor of the bill, wrote SenatorJuanEdgardoAngara, head of the Senate’s local government committee, on August 29, to request that the bill be prioritized.
“Cebu Media will be most appreciative if you can have subject bill approved on third and final reading on or before September 21st,” said Del Mar in his letter to Angara, a copy of which was received at the senator’s office on August 31.
Members of the print and broadcast media are celebrating Press Freedom Week from Sept. 17 to 23 this year.
This year’s activities will kick off with an opening parade at 7 a.m. today from the Fuente Osmeña circle to the University of San Carlos North Campus located along General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City.
A Mass is scheduled at 8 a.m. which will be followed by the opening program that would feature a dance competition participated by reporters and workers coming from the different media outlets in Cebu.
The week-long celebration will include forums on the campaign against fake news, digital journalism and HIV and AIDS situation in Cebu and the recognition of outstanding media workers, among others.
Different beat organizations will entertain fellow journalists with their presentations during the closing program on Saturday that will be held at the Oakridge Horizons in Mandaue City.
Del Mar said in his draft bill that Cebu media have been celebrating Press Freedom Week for more than two decades now to “serve as a reminder for the Cebu media community to uphold press freedom and accountability and symbolize the media’s capacity to set aside professional and business competitiveness to unite for worthy goals.”
“The annual commemoration held in the (third) week of September that includes September 21, the anniversary of the date of the Martial Law (declaration) in the Philippines, recognizes the significant role of community media as a watchdog of government and catalyst for social change,” the bill says.
Del Mar’s bill said that the celebration of the Press Freedom Week will become “more meaningful and memorable with the recognition of September 21st of every year as “Cebu Press Freedom Day.”
Mr. and Miss Press Freedom WINNERS.
Christian Orellano (right) and The Freeman’s Dezsa Rubio are the winners in the Mr. and Miss Press Freedom pageant. (Inset) The Freeman’s Dezsa Rubio and Cheche Lara hold hands as they wait for the announcement of the winner in the Miss Press Freedom competition.