Rappler editors named distinguished UP mass communication alumni

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug and news editor Miriam Grace A. Go received the Glory Medal of Distinction from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication Alumni Association (UPCMCAA) on Saturday, November 11.

The Glory Medal of Distinction awardees – 50 from the fields of mass media, communications, education, and advocacy – had been recognized as outstanding alumni over several years. They were given the award to symbolically shift the spotlight on a new breed of achievers. 

Vitug and Go were among the 19 recognized in the field of journalism. Vitug was recognized by the UP Alumni Association in 2010 for promoting good governance through investigative journalism, while Go was named outstanding alumna by the UPCMCAA in 2008 for her contribution to the field of investigative journalism. 

“It is your pioneering achievements that inspired us to search for others like you. We are thrilled that you shall be elevated tonight as Distinguished UPCMC Alumni,” said Malou Fagar, president of the UPCMCAA.

From 2017 onwards, the UPCMCAA will be recognizing outstanding alumni through the Glory Awards, the first batch of which were given to 8 individuals also on Saturday. The awards are named after Dr. Gloria D. Feliciano, the first dean of what used to be the Institute of Mass Communication when it was founded in 1965. 

“The Alumni Board wanted to keep this flame of excellence and pride burning at all times,” Fagar said.

Receiving the 1st Glory Awards were:

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI. 1st Glory Awards recipients (from left) Raul Castro, Christine Joycelyn Lumawig-Buensalido, Marissa La Torre Flores, Lan Mercado, Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena, Jose Roberto Alampay, and Laurenti Dyogi; not at the event is Jose Hernani David. Photo courtesy of Bernard Testa

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI. 1st Glory Awards recipients (from left) Raul Castro, Christine Joycelyn Lumawig-Buensalido, Marissa La Torre Flores, Lan Mercado, Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena, Jose Roberto Alampay, and Laurenti Dyogi; not at the event is Jose Hernani David.

Photo courtesy of Bernard Testa

Awarded the Glory Medal of Distinction were: 

Advocacy and Public Service

Education and Research

Film 

Journalism

Marketing Communication

Performing Arts

Television Arts

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