The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17.

Nominees for Social Media Advocate of the Year are Maria Irene Aserios ( “We Bisaya folks have a phrase for politicians who deny that they’re campaigning”; Olan Emboscado (The Travel Teller) “Into the heart of the Agusan Marsh”; Jefry Tupas (Newsdesk Asia) “In North Cotabato, pease is also children’s business”; and Naprey Almario (Behind the Rolling Chair) “Another 300+ impoverished children will receive school materials through Back to School Gift Giving Project”.

Shortlisted for the Blogger of the Year category are Maria Irene Aserios ( “How to continue helping typhoon Sendong survivors”; Ariel Lalisan (Living in the South) “It’s hard to be a kid in Kiahe”; Olan Emboscado (The Travel Teller) “2015 is the year of Aliwagwag Falls”; Key Manatad (Davao Eagle) “5 reasons that make Duterte charismatic to his people”; and Pat Maruhomadil (Davao Eagle) “Kaigkan: The Araw ng Tagum exhibit”.