The Globe Group, the country’s leading digital solutions platform, on Friday named winners of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) @10, honoring exceptional reporting across platforms in Visayas and Mindanao.
Globe feted winners in 16 categories, including individuals and teams that showcased excellence in telling stories that touched on Globe’s sustainability pillars: Digital Nation, Care for People, and Care for the Environment. These pillars represent the company’s commitment to creating a balance between economic growth, social development, and environmental conservation.
At the event, Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer, commended the winners and thanked the media and top-caliber judges and screeners for supporting GMEA since its inception in 2013. She underscored the company’s relentless pursuit of delivering life-enabling and life-sustaining innovations to customers.
“Our customers’ pain points, their aspirations, their enjoyment of the things that they love are what guide us to keep innovating to uplift their lives. And GMEA is one of our platforms to talk about the innovations that our customers can trust, care that they can rely on, and compassion that they can feel. We are here to build a one digital nation using technology to make every day easier and more convenient,” she said.
“When we started GMEA, people thought this was just a fad. People said it will go away easily. But when we prevailed year after year despite the challenges, our stakeholders now know that we are serious and that we are doing this for a purpose. At Globe, we do what we can to create a Globe of Good and fulfill our vision of seeing a Philippines where families’ dreams come true, businesses flourish, and the nation is admired,” she said.
GMEA@10 honored various media platforms, from traditional news outlets to social media advocates, for stories on a wide range of topics, from environmental conservation to social justice. This year, GMEA again partnered with SGV as its official tabulator, ensuring fairness and transparency of the awards.
One of the highlights of GMEA @10 was special guest Ignohassan “Pendeg” Mustajid, a Bajau tennis player whose story of grit and resilience was captured by Bong Sarmiento, a writer from MindaNews online based in Davao City.
Mustajid, who comes from a poor family, started as a “pulot” boy on the tennis courts in Tawi-Tawi. He eventually learned the sport and achieved a remarkable feat, winning gold and silver medals in the Palarong Pambansa. He is determined to use tennis as a means to secure a college scholarship and pursue his dream of becoming a policeman or a Philippine Air Force officer.
Inspired by Mustajid’s determination, Globe presented the student athlete with tools he can use to pursue his dreams, including a laptop, mobile phone, a Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi kit and load cards to help him with his studies.
Eala also sent Mustajid special video message, saying, “I heard about your story and sobrang nakakatuwa. Bilang isang tennis player, naranasan ko din ang mga challenges ng sport natin kaya ituloy-tuloy mo lang ‘yan at pagsikapan mo pang lalo.”
“This is a very special moment in my life. I cannot really express how much this recognition means to me. This is something that I will cherish forever and would always look upon in those times when I feel low. Regardless of ethnicity or any cultural differences, now I realize that dreams do come true when you believe you can,” he said in the vernacular.
The heartwarming gesture by Globe and Eala shows the power of storytelling in promoting social good. Through GMEA@10, Globe continues to encourage the media to chase stories that inspire and advocate for a sustainable future for all.
GMEA’s success is apparent in the consistent growth of submissions, with this year’s event welcoming a 15% surge in entries compared to the previous year. GMEA’s awarding ceremonies held on March 31 in Cebu City brought together 139 attendees on-ground, with a reach of over 9,000 via Facebook Live.