Alumna and Son Given Awards for Best in Journalism

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Awards given in San Francisco

Date: November 12, 2016Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, AB Comm. Arts ’77, author and writer, was awarded her second Plaridel Award, Honorable Mention, an excellence in Filipino-American journalism award given by the Philippine-American Press Club (San Francisco, California) on 7 October 2016 in the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, CA.

Betty Ann (See photo with her family) won “Best Tourism Feature” award for her article, “My Tarlac Lights Up the World with Belenismo,” which was published in Positively Filipino, the premiere online magazine for global Filipinos. She wrote about ‘Belenismo’ an annual belen-making event in her home province, Tarlac, which promotes local tourism and has attracted visitors from all over the world.

On the same awards night, her son, Constante G. Quirino, a journalist, was named Finalist, Plaridel Awards for the category ‘Best Personal Essay’ for his write-up, “Quirino at 125: Statesman and Survivor.” The essay was a young man’s viewpoint about the legacy of President Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines that remains timeless till today. The award was also given by the Phil-American Press Club in California and the article published in Positively Filipino.