March 12, 2018

In its 12th year of celebrating the best and the brightest of agricultural journalism, Bright Leaf journeys to Kawit, Cavite.

KAWIT, CAVITE – After its launch in Bulacan last month, PMFTC brought the Bright Leaf caravan to Kawit, Cavite, on March 12, 2018 to invite Cavite-based journalists to participate in the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards.

As an agricultural company, the Bright Leaf is PMFTC’s way of honoring the most important and outstanding agricultural news stories that were able to raise the discourse of critical agriculture issues, and celebrating the best photographs that captured the spirit of Philippine agriculture in a single frame.

Eda Dimapilis, Agriculture Program Coordinating Officer of Region IV-A Department of Agriculture was the guest speaker, joining PMFTC External Affairs Director Bayen Elero-Tinga in encouraging the media to join the annual competition.

The Cavite launch was held at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Binakayan.

In her remarks, Bayen shared with the media that this year’s Bright Leaf competition introduces a new and special category— the Best Online Story, which will be awarded to the best agriculture news or feature story published in an online news website.

“The addition of this new award category is in keeping with the current trend of readers getting their information speedily in the digital space,” she said.

For more than a decade, the Bright Leaf Awards has built a legacy of being the premier agriculture journalism competition in the country. From only 82 entries when it was first introduced in 2007, Bright Leaf now reaps hundreds of entries as the judges search for the best exemplars of agricultural journalism in 2018.

With the theme 12 Years of Bounty for the season, Bright Leaf invites journalists nationwide to submit entries to the following categories:

  •  Agriculture Story of the Year
  •  Agriculture Photo of the Year
  •  Tobacco Story of the Year
  •  Tobacco Photo of the Year
  •  Best Television Program or Segment
  •  Best Radio Program or Segment
  •  Best Agriculture News Story-National
  •  Best Agriculture News Story-Regional
  •  Best Agriculture Feature Story-National
  •  Best Agriculture Feature Story-Regional
  •  Best Online Story

For more information about the caravans and the Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards, you may contact the Bright Leaf Secretariat through their mobile numbers (0945) 477 2035 or (0929) 195 0620, their landline (02) 9755236, or send an email to You can also visit the Bright Leaf website at or its Facebook page to learn more information about the competition and past winners.

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