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St Scho cites Rappler columnist for gay rights essays

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New York-based Shakira Sison receives the Hildegarde Award in the online media category for her essays for Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – St Scholastica’s College cited Rappler columnist Shakira Sison during its 8th Hildegarde Awards held on International Women’s Day, March 8. 

Her essays for Rappler on gay rights earned her a citation in the online media category. Some of her notable works include Things gay people are still toldwhich tackles the misconceptions toward the LGBT sector, and When two boys hold handswhere Sison discusses the prejudice that comes when gays publicly display their affections. 

Her iSpeak column appears every Wednesday.

“It is a great honor for me as a Scholastican to be recognized by my alma mater. When I was in high school here, I always knew that St Scho was different from other Catholic schools in that it didn’t let doctrine get in the way of the true teachings of its church,” Sison said in a speech read by a representative during the awarding ceremony on Saturday morning.

“The fact that the committee chose to award a writer who focuses on gay and lesbian issues is proof that the concepts of love, tolerance, acceptance, and equal and fair treatment are not foreign to any nation or religion,” her statement said.

Sison shared the online media award with Vera Files for its stories on trafficking in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

HONOR. The St. Scholastica's College awards the 'lingling-o' trophy to various media practitioners and personalities on International Women's Day. Image from St. Scholastica's College

The Hildegarde Awards are given to those who give voices to women through media and communication. It was named after 12th century Benedictine saint Hildegarde von Bingen.

St Scholastica’s College gave the Hildegarde Lifetime Achievement Award for media and the performing arts to world-famous stage actress Monique Wilson, who recently danced with the women farmers of Hacienda Luisita to protest of land grabbing and displacement of farmers as a form of economic violence against women.

The school also recognized other media practitioners and personalities in the field of advertising, development communication, print media, radio, and television:

Advertising: Publicis Jimenez Basic (Lucky Me’s “Hapag Usapan”), BBDO Guerrero (Pantene’s Whip It), and J. Walter Thompson (Eden Cheese’s “Damang-dama”)

Developmental campaigns: Gabriela’s “One Billion Rising,” the multi-sectoral initiative “One Million People March,” and the International Labor Organization’s “Batang Malaya”

Print media: Philippine Star columnist Domini Torrevillas for opinion piece on protecting women in media and film.

Radio: DZIQ’s Voice of the Youth, DZMM’s Usapang de Campanilla, and DZUP’s Health Matters

Television: GMA News TV’s Titser and Bayan Ko, ABS-CBN’s Salamat, Doc!, and TV5’s History by Lourd de Veyra

Awardees each received a handcrafted “lingling-o” trophy from the Manila Collectible. –

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