Mindanao’s oldest Catholic newspaper bags PPI award PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:33

Southern Mindanao’s oldest Catholic weekly newspaper, the Mindanao Cross, has bagged the “Best Edited Community Newspaper” in the recent Civic Journalism Press Awards of the Philippine Press Institute.

The recognition was awarded after last week’s selection process initiated in Metro Manila by the PPI, involving newspapers from the provinces.

Eva Tan, editor-in-chief of the Mindanao Cross, and the newspaper’s chief executive officer, Oblate missionary Jonathan Domingo, received the citation during an awarding rite just before the weekend at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

The Mindanao Cross, founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation in 1948, is known in the South for its advocacy for Muslim-Christian solidarity, peaceful resolution of domestic peace and security issues, and for its continuing generation, through “community journalism,” of public support for the protection and preservation of the unique religious, cultural and traditional identities of the cross-section communities in Southern Philippines.

The Mindanao Cross was also voted “finalist” for other categories in the PPI’s press awards — best in business reporting; best in climate change and bio-diversity reporting; best in culture and arts reporting, and best in photojournalism.

Tan, a former senior faculty member of the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, which is also owned by the Oblates, said the Mindanao Cross is grateful to all its columnists and correspondents, who are popular for specializing on “peace and public journalism” and whose reports and columns have created a special identity for the weekly newspaper.

The multi-awarded Mindanao Cross, a recipient of more than a dozen citations for its community empowerment thrust through “peace reporting,” has also been supporting the peaceful means of resolving the Moro issue in Southern Philippines.