Tribune columnist gets award for ‘Best Opinion Column’

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The Daily Tribune column “Quo Vadis” of lawyer Darren de Jesus was named “Best Opinion Column” last Thursday in the prestigious 17th Gawad Tanglaw awards night held at the Museo ng Muntinlupa.

Gawad Tanglaw or “Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw” recognizes outstanding works in the movie industry, television, radio and print media.

The selection body was composed of professors from different universities, as well as media practitioners who believe in the extensive influence of mass media in developing public consciousness.

De Jesus, who started writing his column in 2018 for the daily broadsheet, said the award came as a total surprise.

“It’s something that I did not expect to receive in my entire life,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“Writing was really more of a therapeutic exercise for me. I just like to read newspapers and columnist and opinions. I just want to analyze and write about what I feel, (and) where I think our country is headed, which is the meaning of my column ‘Quo Vadis’,” De Jesus added.

Solid references

A graduate of law of the Ateneo de Manila University, De Jesus serves as deputy secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary and Public Affairs Department of the House of Representatives and an assistant professorial lecturer at the De La Salle University.

De Jesus thanked the Daily Tribune for the opportunity it gave him to share his views to the public.

“I’d like to thank the guys behind the Daily Tribune – Sir Willie and Ma’am Chingbee Fernandez, and everyone else behind Daily Tribune. Thank you so much.”

He said the award would serve as an inspiration to pursue his passion for writing, especially to articulate his personal views on the direction the country should take for a better future.

“This is such an honor. This is an inspiration. I would continue writing what I feel is right and what I think is correct for the country, where it’s headed,” he said.

De Jesus also gave a brief glimpse into his writing routine as a columnist. He said he normally starts writing around 3 or 4 a.m. when he changes the diaper of his four-month-old child. Upon waking up, he reviews his work and edits it.

Meticulous check

It is only after he is satisfied about the article being polished to his satisfaction that he sends it to the Daily Tribune.

Jan Henry Choa, president of Gawad Tanglaw and associate professor at the Filipino department of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, stressed the stringent selection process done in picking the awardees as he noted the pervasive influence of media in the lives of people.

“They exert a significant influence in the development of our position on certain issues, including the formation of our personal opinion,” Choa said.

“That is why it is very important to evaluate and carefully select the individuals who could serve as guide to the public in making the right decisions,” he added.

Members of the Gawad Tanglaw awards body include De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s College Manila, Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, National University, Universidad de Manila, University of Perpetual Help System-Las Piñas, Wesleyan College of Manila and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

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