Print Version    Email to Friend
Priest bags journalism award

MANILA (UCAN) : Father Eduardo Vasquez has been awarded the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellowship for Professional Development for his outstanding work in journalism.

The member of the Oblate congregation was presented with his award on December 6 by the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, at a ceremony held in the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

The fellowship was established by the United States of America (US) embassy in Manila in 1988. Originally named to commemorate the journalistic accomplishments and contribution to public service by the current president’s father, democracy hero, Benigno Aquino, in 2009, it was renamed to include his wife, former president, Cory Aquino, for her contribution to the establishment and strengthening of democratic institutions.

The fellowship includes taking part in the International Visitor Leadership Programme aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding through the exchange of information and ideas between people of the US and other countries.

Father Vasquez will travel to the US for three to four months to take part in a professional exchange programme.

Father Vasquez was chosen as a fellow for his contribution to social work and public service through the media group i-Watch, which he founded in Upi, Maguindanao, in 2006.

i-Watch is a documentary team made up of low income local people put together by the Oblate congregation and trained to document social events by Father Vasquez on video.

It has produced documentaries dealing with socio-political, cultural and environmental issues.

The nature of his work has put Father Vasquez’s life at risk many times, especially when he was assigned to cover conflicts in Pikit, North Cotabato, and Datu Piang, Maguindanao, between 2008 and 2010, where he documented the plight of displaced civilians and victims of human rights violations.