Now on its 2nd year, the Requiza Students’ Choice Awards, pioneering accolade of the university’s College of Communications and Humanities-Mass Communications Department continued to recognize the excellence of professionals in the local media industry such as in radio, television and print and to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the Mass Communication students in different media productions.
Once again, the distinguished award-giving body acknowledged the WMSU students’ choice among the tri-media programs, publications and personalities. The awards night was held last April 14 at the Sapphire Ballroom of the Grand Astoria Hotel.
Requiza, in the Chabacano vernacular, means to search or to look into details. This award-giving body is a realized aspiration of its founder, Prof. Edralin “Butch” Villanueva. It started in 2010 when Prof. Villanueva, together with his Advertising class students, initiated the project. It was then a class requirement that also served as a final venue for the senior students to apply what they learned throughout their years in college.
Also showcased during the event were the radio and television productions, advertising and documentary films of the Masscom students. Certificate of recognition and medallion were awarded to the winning student entries.
Aside from commending media personalities, Requiza also took the opportunity to convene the different local media practitioners in the celebration of professionalism and artistic brilliance. As for the students, they were further motivated and inspired by their mentors and role models during the event.
Being one of the firsts among the schools in Mindanao, Masscom Department aims to relentlessly improve the awarding body for the next years to come. Astoundingly, even with stretched means in sustaining the activity, Requiza still has reaped positive comments and feedbacks. On the other hand, Prof. Villanueva also expressed his intention to broaden the scope of the awards by covering the national media setting. And with that, the Masscom Department looks forward to the support for their cause. “For as long as I’m here, Requiza would be here. And I hope I can continue it every year. Dreaming, hoping that they will also give support,” Prof. Villanueva shared.
Some 1,000 randomly-picked WMSU students took part in the nominations and voting of their choices. While the Requiza research committee collated and interpreted the results.
A plaque of recognition and medallion were also given to the award recipients. Winners of the following categories are as follows:
Best AM Station – RMN
Best FM Station – I FM
Best News Anchor (RADIO) – GIL CLIMACO
Best News Program (RADIO) – STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
Best DJ – SEXY INDAY
Best Local Newspaper DAILY ZAMBOANGA TIMES
Best News Program (TV) – TV PATROL CHAVACANO
Best News Anchor (TV) – JEWEL REYES, TV PATROL CHAVACANO
Best TV Talkshow – NO LIMITS
Best TV Talkshow Host – ERBIE FABIAN, CUENTAS CLARAS
Best Magazine Program Host – KAREN CLAIRE GRAFIA, MAG TV
Best Magazine Program – MAG TV
Best TV Station – ABS-CBN
(Ekeena O. Lim, PAO-WMSU)