LA press award for PDI man in Hollywood

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RUBEN Nepales won for an article on troubled actor Charlie Sheen.

Inquirer’s man in Hollywood, Ruben V. Nepales, won the third prize for personality profile, international journalism, in the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, for a feature that appeared in his entertainment column “Only in Hollywood.”

The awards were handed out Sunday night, June 23, at the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Nepales was cited for “Charlie Sheen After the Meltdown,” in PDI’s Only In Hollywood (July 6, 2012). He was a double nominee in the same category; his other finalist piece was “Tim Burton Reveals the Origin of His Famously Dark Fantasies” (May 4, 2012).

Meanwhile, he is also on the cover of the maiden issue of Salamin Magazine as “The Pinoy Among the Stars.” In an extensive feature, writer Lorenzo Paran III refers to Nepales as “the pride of the Filipino-American community.”

The story of the “reporter to the stars… may not be as dramatic as the trans-Pacific rags-to-riches fairy tales that we know,” Paran points out, “but just as compelling.” Nepales, he says, chased and fulfilled a dream much simpler than economic success—“to earn a living doing what one loves.”

Invariably, Paran lauds Nepales’ “top-class work as an entertainment reporter,” but also the latter’s election in 2012 as chair of the board of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives out the annual Golden Globe awards.

Also highlighted in the cover story is Nepales’ trademark pursuit of stories about Filipinos on the world stage, many of which were compiled in his book, “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,” released by Anvil Publishing Inc. in 2011.

Paran recounts asking Nepales to define success. The response: “When you’re with your family, when you have peace of mind… and as long as you do good—that, for me, is success.”

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  • randyaltarejos

    I have no doubt that Nepales deserves that award. But I have something to say. As far as I’m concerned, there are lots of Pinoy journalists in the United States. Some are just waiting for the right break to come, while others are already doing what they’re supposed to do. However, if my memory serves me right there’s only one Filipino who won the Pulitzer Prize and that’s none other than Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant who is fighting for the passage of the comprehensive immigration bill in the United States. He has a degree in journalism from a university in San Francisco. Sadly, these Filipino journalists now based in the U.S. seems to be marooned in the island of “cut and paste” journalism for survival. Many of them are not given a good break simply because their work and educational backgrounds never appeal to the U.S.-owned publications. To my understanding, only those Pinoy journalists who graduated in American universities have the edge so far. As far as I knew, there are lots of shenanigans that some Filipinos do in America, especially in Los Angeles. They take advantage of some of their hapless Filipino kababayans by exploiting them to the max. The huge profits that they gained from the blood, sweat and tears of some hapless Filipinos allowed them to construct their mansions in the Philippines. The cases of 7-Eleven stores owned by a Filipino-American businessman, who was caught exploiting some Filipino illegal immigrants in New York City, is another testament to this malady. These are the things that U.S.-based Pinoy journalists should write about.

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