Nepales wins 2012 Migration Advocacy and Media Awards


PDI man in Hollywood during the Manila launch of “The Philippines in Hollywood” at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4 early this year. ALANAH TORRALBA

Inquirer Entertainment columnist Ruben Nepales won the Best Print Award at the 2012 Migration Advocacy and Media Awards for his book titled “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood” published by Anvil Publishing early this year.

The book, a compilation of success and inspiring stories of talented Filipinos, Filipino–Americans and Filipino-Canadians who made it to the Hollywood scene, was among 37 official entries.

Global Pinoys

Featured in Nepales’ book are Vanessa Hudgens, Charice, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Bernardo Bernardo, Cristeta Comerford, and Mikey Bustos—global Filipinos who represent the Philippines as a nation brimming with extraordinary talent, wisdom and perseverance.

Twelve media works from the United States, Australia, Kuwait and the Philippines were named winners in various categories.

Other print winners were: Evangeline Francisco for her essay “Babala sa mga Babaeng Nag-aaplay ng Trabaho”; Raquel Delfin for her book.

Awarded best TV shows were: “Tiis, Sipag at Tyaga”; “Kababayan LA,” hosted by Janelle So; ABS-CBN’S “Krusada: Lipad ng Pangarap,” hosted by Henry-Omaga Diaz; GMA News TV’s “Reel Time” for its episode  “Batang Halau.”

Best film: John-D Lazatin’s “A Mother’s Story”; best documentary, Nadia Marie Trinidad’s “TNT.”

Best websites: Aland Michelle Baltazar’s “Australian Filipina,” Romeo Cayabyab’s “Filipino Australian.” Best blog: Mary Grace Hizon’s “Diary ni Gracia.”

The MAM Awards, launched last year by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) recognizes the significant role of the media in raising public awareness on issues related to Filipino migration, the challenges of migration and development.

The awarding ceremonies, which will be part of the annual celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos and International Migrants Day for 2012, will be held on Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at SSS Magsaysay Hall in Quezon City.

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