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won four major awards in the 14th Bright Leaf Agricultur­e Journalism Awards, including the coveted Oriental Leaf Award (Hall of Fame). BM’S agricultur­e and commoditie­s reporter Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas was given the Oriental Leaf Award, after winning five Bright Leaf Awards across various categories. BUSINESSMI­RROR veteran reporter Cai U. Ordinario bagged two honors this year: Best Tobacco Story of the Year and Best Agricultur­e News Story (National) for the investigat­ive piece “Pre- and post-rice trade liberaliza­tion law, big traders gaming farmer groups.” Photojourn­alist Erwin Mascariñas won his third Bright after bagging this year’s Agricultur­e Photo of the Year for his photo on “Fish Drying” in Surigao del Norte.

THE Businessmi­rror made history anew as the first broadsheet to haul in four major awards in a single edition of the annual Bright Leaf Agricultur­e Journalism Awards.

The four awards, given out in virtual rites at the Awards’ 14th edition on Wednesday, include the coveted Oriental Leaf Award (Hall of Fame).

Businessmi­rror’s agricultur­e and commoditie­s reporter Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas was given the Oriental Leaf Award, after winning five Bright Leaf Awards across various categories.

With the award, the 25-year-old Arcalas becomes the eighth journalist to be inducted to the elite Bright Leaf Awards Hall of Fame. He is the second Bright Leaf Hall of Famer from the Businessmi­rror after Mauricio Victa, who was inducted in 2015.

Arcalas won his first two Bright Leaf Awards in 2017 after topping the Best Agricultur­e News Story (National) and the Best Agricultur­e Feature Story (National) categories, a feat he repeated in 2018. He won his fifth Bright Leaf in 2019 after a story he coauthored won the Best Tobacco Story of the Year award.

Businessmi­rror veteran reporter Cai U. Ordinario bagged two Bright Leaf honors this year: first, the Best Tobacco Story of the Year for the story “Gold leaf farming sector still searching for own El Dorado,” that tackled the struggles and opportunit­ies in the tobacco industry. (Read story here: https://businessmi­rror. com.ph/2020/12/03/gold-leaffarmin­g-sector-still-searchingf­or-own-el-dorado/)

Ordinario also won the Best Agricultur­e News Story (National) for the investigat­ive piece “Pre- and post-rice trade liberaliza­tion law, big traders gaming farmer groups.” The story discussed the impact of rice trade liberaliza­tion law and exposed the scheme by unscrupulo­us traders to use farmers cooperativ­es to import rice. (Read story here: https://businessmi­rror. com.ph/2019/10/31/pre-andpost-rice-trade-liberaliza­tionlaw-big-traders-gaming-farmergrou­ps/)

Both stories were Broader Look pieces that she co-authored with Arcalas supervised by Businessmi­rror Senior Editor Dennis D. Estopace. Ordinario has won a total of three Bright Leaf awards to date.

Photojourn­alist Erwin Mascariñas won his third Bright leaf award after bagging this year’s Agricultur­e Photo of the Year for his photo titled “Fish Drying” that captured the abundance of fresh seafood and dried fish in the small island village of Halian in Surigao del Norte.

The photo was published in the Businessmi­rror’s tourism page with the story titled “Exploring Siargao’s hidden island paradise of Halian.” (See story here: https://businessmi­rror. com.ph/2021/02/06/explorings­iargaos-hidden-island-paradiseof-halian/) Mascariñas won the same category in 2016 and 2017.

“Your stories are the stories that matter to us. Your eyes are our window to our farmers’ plight. Your masterpiec­es are a reminder of the industry concerns we should pay attention to,” PMFTC Inc. Communicat­ions Director Dave Gomez during the event held via Zoom.

The 14th Bright Leaf Journalism Awards—with the theme “Reimaginin­g Tomorrow”—saw more than 600 entries across various journalism mediums that include radio, TV, print and online.

“This year’s theme, ‘Reimaginin­g our tomorrow’ is very apt for us, at PMFTC and the Bright Leaf community. Our agility to adapt and pivot were tested in this unpreceden­ted global crisis,” said PMFTC President Denis Gorkun.

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