On November 27, 2014, in an awards banquet held at the Sunset Pavilion of Sofitel Manila, the winners of the 8th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards were finally revealed.
The winner of the Agriculture Story of the Year were Cherry Ann Lim and Liberty Pinili of Sun Star Cebu for their three-part series entitled, “Fish in troubled waters.”
The Tobacco Story of the Year award went to Gabriel Cardinoza of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for his article “Pangasinan farmers pin hopes on tobacco.”
Harley Palangchao of the Baguio Midland Courier took home the Agriculture Photo of the Year trophy for “Frostlandia” while Mauricio Victa of Business Mirror’s photo “Leaves of Gold” was chosen as the Tobacco Photo of the Year. All four received P50,000 in cash and an iPad Mini.
In the Best TV Program or Segment Category, Karren Verona of ABS-CBN Davao wins for the “Father’s Day Episode” of the show Agri Tayo Dito. While “Panahon” aired over DXND Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, brought home the top prize in the Best Radio Program or Segment category. They also received P50,000 in cash.
Gabriel Cardinoza of the Philippine Daily Inquirer brought home a second trophy for his story “Carabao vanishing breed in Pangasinan,” which won the top prize in the Best Agriculture News Story National. While Cherry Ann T. Lim of Sun Star Cebu also won a second award for her story, “Bug slay, nature’s way,” which was the top scorer in the Best Agriculture Feature Story Regional.
Flornisa Gitgano, also from Sun Star Cebu, emerged as the winner of the Best Agriculture News Story Regional for “Cold Weather’s toll now P26M”. “The prospects of swine industry in the Philippines,” written by Henrylito Tacio and published in the Marid Agribusiness Magazine, brings home the trophy for the Best Agriculture Feature Story National. They each received a cash prize of P20,000.