Cardinoza wins two major awards

2014 Bright Leaf Journalism Awards

DAGUPAN CITY – It’s victory the second time around for a Pangasinan journalist hailed as one of the big winners in the 2014 Bright Leaf Journalism Awards held at the Sofitel Plaza in Manila recently.

Gabriel Cardinoza, Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent in Pangasinan bagged the Tobacco Story of the Year and the Agriculture Story of the Year.

His feature story, “Pangasinan farmers pin hopes on tobacco” won the Tobacco Story of the Year which narrates the devotion and labor of the Pangasinan farmers put in each tobacco farming season to have a good harvest.

For decades, the farmers planted tobacco after every rice cropping season.

Everytime they have to borrow money from tobacco traders, the latter demanded to be paid with tobacco at a price the traders dictated. But with the government’s recent pronouncement that tobacco farmers should  directly benefit from excise tax collection from cigarette manufacturers, the farmers became hopeful.

Cardinoza also bagged the Best Agriculture News Story – National  for his article,

“Carabao vanishing in Pangasinan” also published in PDI. It tackled the dwindling population of the national animal as they are being butchered for meat. The provincial board passed an ordinance regulating the sale and slaughter of female carabaos while the Philippine Carabao Cnter distributed foreign-bred carabaos to cooperatives.

“I was just doing the usual routine of my job and one day we covered the news on the dwindling number of carabaos and the renewed hopes of the tobacco farmers. These stories inspired me to join the Bright Leaf again,“ Cardinoza told the Philippine Information Agency.

Cardinoza first won the Bright Leaf Award in 2012 for the Best Agriculture Feature Story with his article titled ‘Weather-proof Fish Cage seen as Savior of Aquaculture Industry.”

The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards was launched in 2007 by Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI). Its website said “Bright Leaf is the name given to Virginia Tobacco because it turns into a vivid yellow when it is cured with intense heat.”

The Bright Leaf Awards is committed to promoting and creating awareness on the most current agriculture issues and the best farming practices from environment care, safety, to crop sustainability.  In so doing, the general public’s attention is focused on the plight of the agriculture sector as well as the opportunities available

The agriculture sector comprises 30% of the country’s labor force. (VHS/PIA)

SP commends Veteran Pangasinense Journalist

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in its regular session last December 15 hailed Gabriel “Ging” Cardinoza as a consummate journalist who garnered two distinctions during the 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards held last November 27.

“This commendation resolution is a recognition of his (Cardinoza’s) achievements and will serve as emulation for aspiring writers and colleagues in the fourth estate,” Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr., author of said resolution, said in his speech.

“The provincial government is elated by the awards received by Cardinoza, who has been supportive of the provincial policies and programs, particularly on agriculture,” the sixth district board member said.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. led the Board Members present during the SP session in awarding Provincial Resolution No. 553-2014 to Cardinoza.

“Cardinoza’s winning articles are eloquent proof of his strong support in upholding the welfare of the common masses especially the farmers and fisherfolks of Pangasinan,” reads the provincial resolution.

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