MANILA, Philippines — Inquirer business reporters Ronnel W. Domingo and Miguel R. Camus won awards at the 32nd edition of the Business Journalism Association of the Philippines (Ejap) Awards, which was held in person for the first time in three years after the pandemic hiatus.
The awards ceremony, held Friday evening in partnership with Ayala Corp., is intended to honor business reporters who have excelled in their assignments for the past year.
Ejap, an organization of business journalists in the country, also named The Philippine Star as the best news source of the year. The trophy is awarded to the media organization whose reporters have won the most awards in various business areas and for the best reportage of the year.
The top banking reporter was Domingo, who has won a total of five Ejap awards for his previous Inquirer reporting on finance, agriculture and energy.
Monetary policy and banking are also Domingo’s fifth rhythm, covering return periods in energy and public finances, which in the Inquirer system connect to the rhythm of macroeconomics. He was also involved in trade and industry, as well as agriculture and mining.
Camus was awarded best reporter for his coverage of capital markets, including the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This is his eighth award from Ejap and his second for beating the capital markets after winning the plum in 2012 while he was a reporter for the BusinessMirror. Camus also won best reporter and feature awards while reporting on telecommunications and transportation for the Inquirer.
Six other beat categories and best video trophies were won by The Philippine Star reporters.
Louella Desiderio (macroeconomy; trade and industry) and Danessa Rivera (agriculture; mining and energy) won two awards each.
Louise Maureen Simeon won best financial reporter, Elijah Felice Rosales won best telecommunications and transportation, and Iris Gonzales won best feature story.
Jon Viktor Cabuenas of GMA News Online was recognized as the best reporter in the online category. The jury of the 32nd edition of Ejap Awards was chaired by Mildwida Guevara, president of the Synergia Foundation.
She was joined by Gerard Lukban, vice president and chief compliance officer at Fortune Insurance; Mom. Teresa Habitan, chancellor of the Philippine Tax Academy; Romeo Recide, former representative of the Philippine International Rice Research Institute; Leonido Pulido III, partner at Pulido Villaroman and Dela Fuente Law; Peter Favila, director of the Philippine Stock Exchange; Dante Canlas, professor emeritus of the University of the Philippines School of Economics; Nicasio Conti, lawyer and professor of economics; and Rene Pizarro, economist, researcher and storyteller.
Ejap’s current board is headed by Inquirer reporter Jordeene Lagare as president.
Other directors include Manila Standard’s Darwin Amojelar, Business Mirror’s VG Cabuag, GMA News Online’s Cabuenas, Malaya’s Jimmy Calapati, Manila Standard’s Alena Flores, ABS-CBN News Channel’s Mimi Ong and TV5’s Gerard Dela Peña, Bernadette Romero Daily Tribune and Bloomberg’s Ian Sayson.