MANILA, Philippines — Ford Philippines today celebrated its 13th annual Henry Ford Awards (HFA) by recognizing outstanding work and contributions in motoring journalism and photography. A total of 12 awards in eight regular categories and four special categories were given out this year.
The Henry Ford Awards stands for excellence in both reporting and driving the automotive industry’s revolution in print, broadcast and online media. Automotive and non-automotive journalists submitted a total of 122 entries this year to measure themselves against the best in their industry yet again.
“This is a great year for the Henry Ford Awards as we not only recognize the contributions of motoring journalists but also give due recognition to non-automotive journalists who play a critical role in shaping the automotive industry today. We celebrate all the journalists for their passion, dedication, creativity of reporting and professionalism in their field, and on behalf of Ford Philippines, I extend my gratitude for their unwavering support throughout the years,” said Kay Hart, managing director, Ford Philippines.
2013 Henry Ford Awards Winners
This year’s HFA winners are Vernon Sarne of Top Gear Philippines for ‘Best Automotive Feature Story in Print’; Inigo S. Roces of Power Wheels Magazine for ‘Best Automotive Column in Print’; Mariano Jose Tamayo for ‘Best Automotive Online Feature’ for his piece in TopGear.com.ph and Vince Pornelos of AutoIndustriya.com for ‘Best Automotive Blog’.
Ford also awarded Kevin Francisco of HardwareZone.com.ph for ‘Best Automotive Television/Online Feature’ and Ulysses Ang of CarGuide.ph for ‘Best Published Photograph’.
Ford also combined two previous regular categories in this year’s program: Green and Smart Technology Feature, which highlights an automotive brand or company’s commitment to delivering leading technologies and environment-friendly solutions that make the driving and riding experience easier, safer, greener, and more enjoyable to the consumer. Ulysses Ang won the award for this category.
Steven Yu of Brand Magazine won ‘Automotive Consumer Feature’–a new category added to this year’s HFA. The ‘Automotive Consumer Feature’ focuses on a consumer-oriented automotive story published in a non-automotive section or publication.
Winners for the Ford special categories are Alexander Victor Leuterio of TopGear.com.ph for FGP Feature Story (Print/Online), John Raymond Darilag of Top Gear Philippines for ‘Ford Published Photograph’, and Steven Yu of BusinessWorld for ‘Best Ford Go Further Feature Story’.
The most anticipated award – ‘Best Motoring Section’ – was presented to Philippine Daily Inquirer, under Motoring Editor Jong Arcano. All national broadsheet automotive sections are automatically included the competition and judged on content, relevance, consistency and layout quality.
Winners of the HFA regular categories were awarded a cash prize of PhP 20,000.00 and a commemorative trophy, while winners of the HFA special categories received PhP 25,000.00 pesos and a commemorative trophy.
2013 Henry Ford Awards Board of Judges
An esteemed panel of judges lent their time and expertise to this year’s Henry Ford Awards to carefully evaluate all entries through a rigorous two-phase process.
The Phase One judges included representatives from the academe: Mr. Danilo Arao (Associate Dean of the UP College of Mass Communications, University of the Philippines), Dr. Francine Racho (Assistant Professor and Vice Dean, School of Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific) and Mr. Severino Sarmenta, Jr. (Professor for the Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University).
Phase Two judges were Ms. Ces Drilon (Broadcast Journalist, ABS CBN), Professor Cecilia Genove (Dean, School of Communication, Silliman University) and Ms. Kay Hart (Managing Director, Ford Philippines).
The HFA also solicited the help of special judges who are experts in their field. These included film and commercial director Paolo Dy for the broadcast category; director for the Camera Club of the Philippines Leo Riingen for the Photography category; and Ogilvy & Mather Philippines executive creative director Richmond Walker for the Best Automotive Blog and Best Broadsheet Motoring Section category.