The Free­man’s can­di­date bags Miss Press Free­dom ti­tle

Cebu Press Free­dom Day bill pushed at Se­nate

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Michelle Joy L. Pa­day­hag COR­RE­SPON­DENT /DAY DESK ED­I­TOR DORIS C. BONGCAC

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.


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