MANILA, Philippines – Rappler multimedia reporter Natashya Gutierrez was recognized at the 9th Hildegarde Awards, where St Scholastica College honored “outstanding women in communication and media” on Friday, March 6.
Gutierrez received the Hildegarde award for outstanding achievement in the print and online journalism category for her article “SAF 44: The women they left behind.”
In receiving her award, Gutierrez said she wrote the story on the wives and mothers of the 44 fallen Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Mamasapano “because it is my hope that in understanding and empathizing with their sufferings, we are compelled to join them in their call for justice.”
“In my article I try to capture the pain of these women, their anguish, and I attempt to paint it in the rawest of ways to pay tribute not just to their strength, but also their femininity, to humanize them to those of us safely at home, with our loved ones,” she said.
Gutierrez shares the award for the same category with Bulatlat’s Anne Ednalyn Dela Cruz for her article, “More Gaps than Gains? Anti-women portrayals, practices continue despite Magna Carta for Women,” and Vera Files’ Antonio Jose Galauran and Luis Adrian Hidalgo for “Saving Metro Manila’s Last Urban Forest.”
Gutierrez is the second Rappler writer to receive the award, after New York-based Shakira Sison was awarded last year for her essays for Rappler.
The Hildegarde Awards “were envisioned as a way through which women’s ways of doing media can be documented over time so that these best practices can serve as models and duplicated by future media practitioners.” It is named after 12th century Benedictine saint Hildegarde von Bingen.
This year’s Hildegarde Lifetime Achievement Awards in Media and Communication were given to filmmaker and producer Ditsi Carolino, who is known for her depiction of human rights and agricultural issues in her documentary films Minsan Lang Sila Bata (1996), Mula Pabrika Hanggang Fukuoka (1999), Bunso (2005), and Lupang Hinarang (2009); and the late Susan Calo-Medina, for her show Travel Time, for highlighting Filipino culture.
The other awardees for the following categories were as follows:
- “The Most Disturbing Dinner,” for Lucky Me! by Publicis Jimenez Basic
- “Inakup Arekup,” for Department of Health by Campaigns and Grey
- “Sayang,” for Pantene by BBDO Guerrero
- “Children’s Show,” by Roderick Cabrido (Director), Jade Valenzuela and Joseph Laban (Executive Producers)
- “Run for Survival” by Save the Children Organization
- “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women” by the Philippine Commission on Women
- State of the Nation, hosted by Jessica Soho for GMA News TV
- Biyahe ni Drew, hosted by Drew Arellano for GMA News TV
- News.PH, hosted by Pia Hontiveros for 9TV Philippines
- Red Alert (DZMM) hosted by Atom Araullo
- Operation Tulong (DZRH) hosted by Mae Binauhan
- Buhay at Kalusugan (DWIZ)