Courier story on easing frost wins in Bright Leaf awards

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Baguio Midland Courier’s story titled "Veggie farmers learn to mitigate frost," published early this year won theBest Agriculture Regional Story in the annual national 13th Brightleaf Agriculture Journalism Award.

The winning story written by Courier reporter Ofelia C. Empian tackled how local farmers have been mitigating the perennial occurrence of andap or the local term for early morning frost, which has been occurring in the coldest parts of Benguet province during the cold months.

The story detailed how farmers in this vegetable–producing province adapt to this natural occurrence through the years using indigenous technology, but with climate change, it remains as a challenge that needs intervention from the research community.

Empian, along with other winning journalists and photographers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, received their awards at Fairmont Hotel, Makati City on Nov. 15.

Other winners in this year’s award from Northern Luzon are Laila D. Austria of Business Mirror bagging the Tobacco Photo of the Year while Philippine Daily Inquirer Northern Luzon Bureau’s Willie Lomibao won the Agriculture Photo of the Year.

Last year, Courier’s Hanna Lacsamana also won the Best Agriculture Feature Story–Regional category of the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards.

Lacsamana first won a Bright Leaf award in 2015 for Best Agri News Story–Regional.

In 2014, Courier’s editor–in–chief and lensman Harley Palangchao also bagged the Agriculture Photo of the Year major award for his frontpage photo, "Frostlandia" and the Best Agriculture News Story–Regional for his story on the sad state of Mount Data National Park in 2012.

The Bright Leaf Awards are given to the most outstanding and relevant agriculture stories in print, radio, and television. It also honors the most compelling photographs that capture the essence of Tobacco farming and the agriculture industry.

The award, which started in 2007, acknowledges the efforts of the Filipino journalists to bring to the forefront the current issues, new best practices, safety issues, crop sustainability and many other subjects relevant to one of our country’s most important industries.