Thank you, Davao City Government, Mayor Sara and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte, for this wonderful honor. (My years of hard work — labor of love– are finally recognized since I started as a journalist in 1994).
Presentation of the Awardees for the Mayor and Vice-Mayor’s Appreciation Night 2013
Royal Mandaya Hotel, June 5, 2013
Every year, we have this Mayor’s Appreciation Night as the Mayor’s way of recognizing and giving appreciation to particular organizations, companies and individuals who have contributed greatly towards achieving the City Government’s projects and efforts in the line of Business, Economics, and Arts and Culture.
As I went onstage to accept my plaque, this was the host’s script and introduction : “Jojie Alcantara is a journalist, writer and photographer who was a three-time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee. Despite her international successes, she remains loyal to Davao and Mindanao in the forefront of her tourism advocacy.”
Receiving the award in the same category (Social Media) are my fellow colleagues : Digilution, Davao Bloggers Society, Ray Rubio and ICT Davao.
From left: A colleague, Ms. Haydee Bernabe (recipient for Smart Communications), renowned artist Kublai Milan (who was my first photography mentor), me and Ms. Dulce Rose Lada (President and recipient for Davao Bloggers Society)