May 24, 2018

Laguna opens its doors to the Bright Leaf caravan, celebrating 12 years with the best and the brightest of agricultural journalism.

LAGUNA – For its next stop, PMFTC traveled with the Bright Leaf caravan to Laguna on May 24, 2018, bringing Laguna-based journalists face-to-face with the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards.

As an agricultural company, the Bright Leaf Awards 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.

Speaking to the community during the event were Josie Costales of Costales Nature Farm, and Patria Bulanhagui, Regional Information Officer of the CALABARZON Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture. Ms. Costales, whose family invested deeply into organic and sustainable farming in the Laguna area, has been accredited with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform, and the Department of Tourism to develop local organic farming and farm tourism.

Ms. Bulanhagui on the other hand shared with the attendees the various programs of the Department of Agriculture in the CALABARZON region.

Together with the speakers, PMFTC supported the ongoing dialogue between agriculture journalists and agricultural businesses in discussing the future of Laguna’s agricultural sector. Through efforts like these, 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 currently receives 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

This is the first time that the Best Online Story is included among the categories.

This special award will be given to the best agriculture news or feature story that is published on an online news website.

For more information about 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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