Third place, 5th AIDS Media Awards for Best News Feature on Print.With former Health Secretary Manolet Dayrit and Dr. Carlos Calica, former president of the AIDS Society of the Philippines.
This is one of the few recognitions I received when I was working. The award doesn’t mean I write so well, but it was the impact of the published story that got the attention of judges. Sa totoo lang, I owe it to my editors, they were the ones who really made the article worthwhile to read. However, ‘di naman din gaganda ang story kundi kumpleto ang detalye. That’s the secret of my hard work. 🙂
My share for Nostalgia.
I haven’t finished reading about cigar humidors when a friend called up to inform me that she’s giving me another assignment on chemotherapy. All she needs is an interview of a person(s) diagnosed and under treatment for cancer. I thought of my aunt and cousin who are both undergoing treatment for the Big C. My aunt agreed for an interview so I’ll be seeing her tomorrow. She is willing to share her story and her undergoing battle with cancer. I hope my aunt’s story will help increase reader’s awareness on cancer.
I’ve been writing health stories even before I was absorbed by PT in 2000. Health beat was one of the assignments given to me by PJ when I was starting with them. PT and PJ, by the way are sister companies. When I started my first blog, Mom Writes for a Cause, the intention was to share some of my exclusive stories published by PJ and PT back then. The stories I wrote are not really earth-shaking stuff. I remember I wrote something about the importance of securing health insurance or health card by indigent patients. This may sound trivial to others, but there are certain groups that may find the information useful. How I wish I could also write about cheap car insurance quotes, but that would fall under the business beat which is not my turf.
I was able to published some exclusive stories at Mom Writes for a Cause and then in my other blogs Sketches (used to be Yam’s Files), and then Yam’s Files. I’m not sure if I can still publish the other stories in toto maybe I can rewrite and update some information if needed. For now, I want to try to make Mum Writes Health Stuff a niche blog or a health blog, whatever you may call it. One health information (mostly health issues that I can or my family relate to) at a time.