Inquirer pundit wins Sarihay Media Award

MANILA: Inquirer columnist Ma. Ceres P. Doyo was cited for Best Commentary or Editorial Article in the First Sarihay Media Awards for her column “El Nino Redux” (Opinion, 5/22/14) during ceremonies on April 24 at Luxent Hotel in Quezon City.

Organized by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, the Sarihay Media Awards recognize the role of media in promoting awareness and better understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues among policymakers, decision makers and the public.

The other winners for print were: Best News Story (National): “Ensuring Rivers are Clean” by Jonathan L. Mayuga, Business Mirror; Best News Story (Regional): “Davao Gulf: Rich Spawning Ground” by Stella A. Estremera, Sun Star Davao; Best Investigative Report: “Stinking Snag” by the Manila Bulletin Research Team; and Best Feature Story: “PH Birds Caught Between Discovery, Extinction” by Monch Mikko E. Misagal, Manila Bulletin.

There were also winners for TV, radio, online and photojournalism. Each winner received a cash prize and a trophy designed by Los Banos-based artist Yvette Co on the theme “Nurturing Life Together.”

The Sarihay Media Awards were launched in February 2014 in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Biodiversity Management Bureau and Public Affairs Office, Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation Inc., Tanggol Kalikasan Inc. and Miriam College Environmental Studies Institute.

The term “sarihay” was coined from “samu’t saring buhay,” a Filipino phrase that best describes biodiversity.