PHOTO CAPTION: UP Diliman Journalism magna cum laude Ma. Jorica Pamintuan (center) receives her plaque and cash prize from GMA Network.
GMA Network recognizes outstanding graduates of broadcast-related courses from select universities to develop a culture of excellence among future broadcast practitioners.
Since the launch of its CSR program called the GMA Network Excellence Award in 2001, the Kapuso Network has honored more than 30 awardees from partner universities, namely, University of the Philippines (Diliman and Cebu), Don Bosco Technical College (Mandaluyong) and Angeles University Foundation (Pampanga).
According to GMA Network Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs Teresa Pacis, the awardees hold definite promise to shine in select fields that contribute to the growth and development of mass media and communications engineering in the Philippines.
This year, six awardees, all with Latin honors, receive the GMA Network Excellence Plaque and a cash prize worth P10,000 each.
The 2012 GMA Network Excellence awardees are Ma. Jorica Pamintuan (magna cum laude), Princess Uboñgen (cum laude) and Ranel Ram Cheng (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Diliman, Don Bosco Electronics and Communications Engineering Jhames Patrick Yabot (cum laude), AUF Mass Communication graduate Ryan James Marimla (cum laude), and UP Cebu's Marriam Jaustin Reyes Sollano (cum laude) .
The awardees were screened by a panel of topnotch broadcast practitioners from GMA Network and selected based on scholastic achievement, relevance and depth of related work, and personal interviews.
More often than not, the awardees and finalists end up working in different departments in GMA. Among them are GMA News reporters Dano Tingcungco, Jam Sesante, and Micaela Papa, GMA News Online reporter Kimberly Jane Tan, Saksi segment producer Sophia Balod and GMA Cebu sales producer Rachel Sindo.