MANILA, Philippines – Rappler multimedia reporter Patricia Evangelista was a recipient of a 2013 Freedom Flame Award on Sunday, November 10, for her "insightful video documentaries and news reporting on issues on freedom and human rights."
The Freedom Flame Award is a recognition given to individuals for their commitment to good governance and freedom. In addition, the award also serves as an appreciation of the recipients' continuous support for the freedom campaign of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), a German political foundation that promotes participatory democracy, human rights, and free trade.
A writer, producer and videographer, Evangelista covered, among others, the Zamboanga crisis last September. (READ and WATCH: Blood from the sky)
Evangelista joined 13 other recipients of this year's Freedom Flame Award:
The awarding ceremony took place at the San Diego Gardens in Intramuros, Manila. It was also attended by international delegates from Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD).
During the program, Senator Aquino delivered the annual Freedom Speech, addressing the state of freedom in the Philippines. "We are a freedom-loving people. It seems to be ingrained in each Filipino the love for freedom and the willingness to fight for our freedom," Aquino said. – Rappler.com