ACFJ executive director Luz Rimban has been named a recipient of the 2018 Glory Award, the honor bestowed on outstanding alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.
Rimban and 11 other UP CMC graduates “will receive the 2018 Glory Award in honor of the excellence and impact of their work in broadcasting, film, journalism, research and allied disciplines such as social advocacy,” the UP CMC Alumni Association said.
The UP CMCAA is the body that selects the winners of the Glory Awards, which is named after the late Gloria Feliciano, the first dean of the UP unit previously known as the Institute of Mass Communication.
The awardees will receive their trophies during the UP CMC homecoming to be held on Oct. 6.
The UP CMCAA recognized Rimban for being “a versatile journalist” who, aside from being ACFJ director, is also co-founder of the online news portal Vera Files.
Rimban had spent many years working television, and was recently supervising producer of The World Tonight on the ABS-CBN Channel. She was also former broadcast director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, where she wrote or co-wrote three investigative reports that won first prize in the then annual journalism competition called the Jaime V. Ongpin (JVO) Awards for Excellence in Journalism, which placed her in the JVO Hall of Fame.
UP CMCAA also named photojournalisst Fernando Sepe Jr a Glory Awardee for his coverage of breaking news worldwide. Sepe directs the multimedia team of ABS-CBN’s news website and has served as mentor for students of the ACFJ’s Diploma in Photojournalism.
The other winners are Dolores Cheng of the Center for Possibilities Foundation; Jose Ramon “Monchet” Olives, vice-chairman, ABSC-CBN Foundation; Lilybeth Rasonable, GMA Network senior vice president and entertainment group head; veteran TV producer Florida “Linggit” Tan-Marasigan; Beth Uyenco, media expert who developed digital research tools and analytics for industry giants; veteran filmmaker Chito Roño; newspaper columnist Pedro “Boo” Chanco III; Mary Grace Dela Peña-Reyes, vice-president of GMA News; Cecilia “Ces” Oreña-Drilon, head of content acquisition for ABS-CBN’s lifestyle ecosystem group; and Michelle “Maxxy” Santiago, ABS-CBN correspondent in the Middle East and Arabia Times senior reporter.
Refering to Feliciano, UP CMCAA president Malou Choa-Fagar said, “Our beloved ‘GF’ championed meritocracy and thought leadership. She would have wanted to recognize the outstanding and exemplary communicators produced by our college.”
The 2018 Glory Award jurors were Joel Lamangan, Jing Magsaysay, Ritzi Ronquillo, Chin Wong, Lan Mercado, UPCMC dean Elena Pernia, and UP assistant vice president for public affairs and alumni office director Wendell Capili.