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Five ABS-CBN journalists earn local and international recognition

November 16, 2023 AT 09:49 AM

Kapamilyas achieve career milestones


Karen Davila, Mike Navallo, Dennis Datu, Jervis Manahan and Jacque Manabat added feathers to their cap as they were recognized by international agencies and local award-giving bodies for their excellence in journalism.

Karen Davila, who anchors “TV Patrol” and “ANC Headstart,” was appointed as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Philippines by UN Women to amplify critical issues and inspire change, drawing attention to the role of women in development and nation building, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“It is an honor to be UN Women’s first National Goodwill Ambassador for the Philippines. I will be working with many others who speak out in support of UN Women to help bring about positive change in mindsets, behaviors, and hopefully, in the everyday lives of women and girls,” said Karen.

Meanwhile, Mike Navallo was the recipient of the esteemed Jaime V. Ongpin (JVO) Award of Distinction, presented by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), while Dennis Datu was named as TV Reporter of the Year by the Manila Overseas Press Club during its first-ever MOPC Bell of Freedom and Excellence Award. 

Additionally, Jervis Manahan won Best Online Story at the 16th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards for his special report “The Onion Story,” which probed the problems of onion farmers in the country.

Jacque Manabat attended the World Creator Festival, an event that aims to celebrate the people who shape how netizens consume media and information, in South Korea as the only Filipino journalist invited by the organizers.

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