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Pioneering change amidst the adversities brought by the pandemic, The
Westernian Pioneer, the official publication of University of Batangas High School,
bagged the highly coveted Best Student Organ Award of the 43rd Catholic Mass Media
Awards (CMMA) on December 26.
Besting among five other finalists under the Student CMMA Category, The
Westernian Pioneer capped the award along with the Pioneer TV’s special citation as
the Best Student TV Production through a live broadcast at CNN Philippines.
To recall, The Westernian Pioneer previously became one of the finalists for the
prestigious award in the year 2018 and attained a special citation for the Best Student
Organ in 2019 but failed to secure the title until this year’s CMMA.
The Westernian Pioneer, as a vehicle for expression, has been showcasing its
love and passion for campus journalism through delivering truthful and compelling
stories despite the challenges faced in this time of pandemic.
“Were it not for the burning passion and love for campus journalism, we all would
have surrendered to the test of time: however, we are all bigger than the challenges that
we face in the present-day Philippines,” Dr. Redentor Rodriguez, Publications Director,
expressed in a Facebook post.
“We are the bearers of truth, love, and compassion. These, at the forefront of
journalism are our paramount goals - that shall never ebb,” Dr. Rodriguez added.
Along with the roster of finalists are the University of Santo Tomas’ The Aquinian
and De La Salle University’s Eunoia who were both yearning to receive the award.
On the other hand, Pioneer TV, the university’s premier online TV, earned a
special citation as one of the five finalists for the Best Student TV Production under the
Student CMMA category.
Dating back to 1978, the Catholic Mass Media Awards have been rewarding
radio, print, advertising, and television bodies and films to stress the importance of
mass media and to instill a sense of responsibility among media practitioners.