ABS-CBN broadcasters bag prestigious awards and grants


ABS-CBN broadcasters (from top, clockwise) Niña Corpuz, Julius Babao, Bandila news anchor Ces Oreña-Drilon, Nadia Trinidad, and Ricky Carandang mark milestones in their career this year. Julius and Ces earned top honors during the 2009 COMGUILD while the other three gained major fellowship grants abroad.


ABS-CBN broadcast journalists continue to uphold excellence in journalism with two of its anchors earning top honors from a distinguished award-giving body, while another three gained major fellowship grants abroad.

TV Patrol News anchor Julius Babao and Bandila News anchor Ces Oreña-Drilon bagged the 2009 Most Outstanding Male News Presenter and Best Female Field Reporter of the Year, respectively, during the COMGUILD Center for Journalism 4th Annual Conference of Journalism and Communication Students of the Philippines held last August 2, 2009 at the AFP Theater, Quezon City.

The two garnered the highest number of votes on their respective categories from a panel of 55 college deans and chairs from different universities in the Philippines. This is the second time Babao received the same recognition from COMGUILD.

Meanwhile, showing their commitment to learning are Ricky Carandang, Niña Corpuz, and Nadia Trinidad who received fellowship grants from three prestigious international groups.

ABS-CBN News Channel anchor (ANC) Carandang just got back from his 20-day International Visitors Program in the United States where selected professionals from government, politics, media, education, arts, business and other industries met with their counterparts around the world and were given first-hand experience of America. Carandang was the only Filipino in the program.

Corpuz, on the other hand, also returned to the country after attending the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy to continue a course on "Communicating Labor Rights" through a fellowship grant from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is the first Filipino broadcast journalist chosen to meet other media professionals who represented various countries.

Lastly, Trinidad, who left last Monday (August 24) for the U.S., joined the prestigious John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She is the only Filipino among eight journalists who were selected to take an extensive study on innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

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