June 7, 2018

Watchmen Daily Journal

Roxas City welcomes the Bright Leaf Caravan, celebrating 12 years with the best and the brightest of agricultural journalism.

ROXAS CITY – PMFTC Inc. brings the Bright Leaf Caravan to Western Visayas with its first ever visit to Roxas City to introduce the local media to the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards.  The event was held at the Islands Hotel in Lawaan, Roxas City.

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.

James Earl E. Ogatis, Public Relations Officer II of the Department of Agriculture Western Visayas Field Office was the guest speaker.  Mr. Ogatis shared valuable information about the DA’s latest projects in the area.  PMFTC External Affairs Director Bayen Elero-Tinga also addressed the attendees and invited them to submit their entries and participate in this year’s competition.

Since it was launched 12 years ago, the Bright Leaf Awards has already established itself as being the premier agriculture journalism competition in the country.  Every year the number of entries grow from just 82 in its first year to over 600 entries in 2017.

With the theme 12 Years of Bounty for 2018, Bright Leaf invites journalists nationwide to submit entries for 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 the first time ever, the Best Online Story has been 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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