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MDNN and PVB recognize outstanding Mindanaoans

By MDNN Reportorial Team

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As part of the catalysts for change in Mindanao, the Mindanao Daily News Network (MDNN) and Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) have recognized, for the third time, the most outstanding leaders of the island – in the academe, government and private sector. The outstanding Mindanaoans.

The awardees were awarded and duly recognized on December 29th at Centrio Ayala Mall Event Center, based on their profession and performance which have contributed a lot in nation building, most especially in the island of Mindanao.

We thank the Almighty that he has given us the means and resolve to survive what has proven to be the most trying two years yet of our decade-long existence, as MDNN has now firmly established itself as a force for good, not only in the regional media landscape, but nationally and globally as well through its online editions which are now reaching not only Kagay-anons and Misamisnons nationwide, but overseas Filipinos globally as well, said President & CEO Dante Sudaria.

Besides our original BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News and Metro Cagayan de Oro Times (the former Cagayan Times) print editions, we are now established an ever-growing online presence, especially MDN which is now headed for the 600K mark in followers/subscribers, Sudaria noted.

Aside from the print editions of BWN, MDN and Metro CDO Times, each of the three newspapers further multiply their reach with their respective websites, and respective social media pages as well.

Most people now mainly get their source of news and information through electronic means, especially social media, through their mobile phones and other gadgets, Sudaria observed. The pandemic has boosted this trend even further by mandating virtual meetings for businessmen, work from home for many workers, and distance learning for school children through the internet.

Thus, a strong online presence will enable us not only to reach our viewers worldwide with relevant news and updated information to keep them updated about the goings on in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, but likewise serve as a channel through which they can direct their inquiries and reports about events in their respective communities, wherever they are in the Philippines or abroad, he added.

MDNN Teleradyo

In addition, MDNN Teleradyo relaunched its programs just last December 29 with a constantly growing schedule of online programs which address viewers need for news and information on more specific topics such as education, health and wellness, news and current affairs, avenues of civic service, among others.

Among its more eminent program hosts are Dr. Janry Colonia of the Department of Education Region 10 who hosts Aksyon Edukasyon, and Dr. Francis Thaise Cimene who hosts Frontiers in Mindanao.

Viewers can also enjoy a full menu of other shows such as the following: Hot Talks, Kalandrakas, Mag Hikay ta Mindanao, Pretty & Trendy, Rated E, Rotary International, Sikat Karon, The Home Show Unlimited, On the Road with DOH, Reaksyon Mo, Huge Upside and Scenes & Music Press.

MDNN Media Center

Besides extending its services to the worldwide web through MDNN Teleradyo, the group has also continued to share the expertise of its veteran core of journalists with the MDNN Media Center. Headed by veteran journalist Joe del Puerto Felicilda, former editor of Cagayan de Oro pioneer TV News Program Newscope, the center has sought to upgrade the knowledge and skills of journalists from those just beginning to take their baby steps with their respective campus organs, to up-and-coming talents wanting to climb the career ladder to success.

Among its course offerings are Basic Interview, Broadcast News Script Writing, Binisayop/Binisakto, Community Journalism, Emceeing 101, Grassroots Communications, Internet Radio Anchoring, Media Reportage in Crisis Situations, Newscasting, News & Public Affairs Programming, Handling Police-Media Relations, Press conference Decorum, Press conference Facilitation, Print News Writing, Program Anchoring, Script Writing, Webcasting, Workplace Decorum, and others upon request.

3rd MGLEA Awards

Now on its third year, the 3rd Mindanao Governance & Leadership Awards gives recognition to the most outstanding Mindanaoans in different fields of specialization. It continues to recognize exemplary leaders of the nation who have excelled in their professions in the private sector and government service.

Prior to the event, Mindanao Daily News president Dante Sudaria handed out special service awards to employees of the company who have rendered their services since the company founding ten years ago.


MDNN President and CEO Dante Macasero Sudaria is the main man behind the continued success of the Sudaria Group of Publications.

The editorial members who received the service awards were Mindanao Daily News editor-in-chief Allan Mediante, BusinessWeek Mindanao editor-in-chief Nelson Constantino, Metro Cagayan de Oro Times editor-in-chief Rene Michael Banos, the late Ruel Pelone, vice president Jose Felicilda, layout artist Jose Felix Santillan, vice president Rufino Magbanua, editor Cris Diaz, Managing Editor Joel Calamba Escol, layout artist Clifford Santillan, photojournalist Gerry Gorit, administrative staff Melanie Macaliag, circulation in-charge Rolando Sudaria and production in-charge Guillermo Ade.

The event was also the launch of the rebranding of MDNN Digital to MDNN Teleradyo. The digital platform of Mindanao Daily News is meant to embrace the digital era and taking advantage of it to expand the industry. Along with that, Sudaria also handed out recognitions to the hosts of MDNN Teleradyo.

As for the awards itself, the following were the winners: MSU System executive vice president Dr. Rasid Paca (academe); Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 10 director Aminoden Guro (civil service); barangay chairpersons Anthony Abejuela, Gilda Go and Christian Rustico Achas (LGU barangay); former Rep. Constantino Jaraula (legislative); Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (national governance); Dr. Ferdinand Miranda (professional); The Fraternal Order of Eagles “ Philippine Eagles president Nelson Sarapuddin (social organization); among others
Zubiri who was also guest speaker of the event lauded Sudaria efforts in handing out the recognitions, hoping that this will inspire more Mindanaoans to be leaders in their respective fields.

We have a lot of leaders in Mindanao who can excel but they need a morale boost to be able to do more. We can only do this if we will identify who they are and recognize their efforts, Sudaria said.

The leaders in Mindanao must be recognized to give them moral boost and to excel more in their fields. The Mindanao Daily News has never ceased to find ways to honor them in a fitting ceremony, Mediante said, adding that this endeavor of MDN is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mediante said the conceptualization of this worthwhile project of the biggest newspaper in Mindanao is made possible through the brilliant ideas of its publisher and president, Mr Dante Macasero Sudaria.

Our publisher envisioned that Mindanao Daily News should not only focus on news distribution and the coverage of various events in the island, but it should also take part in identifying the best leaders of the nation and give them due recognition, the paper chief editor pointed out.

President and Company CEO Dante M. Sudaria, for his part said, Mindanao is full of topnotch leaders and brilliant minds when it comes to planning. development and execution, unfortunately these leaders are not given due recognition which will give them boost and more eagerness to serve with pride and to excel in their field of endeavors.

We have a lot of leaders in Mindanao who can excel but they need a morale boost to be able to do more. We can only do this if we will identify who they are and recognize their efforts. Leaders in the government and private offices can excel. We need to help one another in recognizing their important contribution in rebuilding Mindanao, Sudaria explained.

He said the Mindanao Governance and Leadership Excellence Awards is a very fitting venue to give them due recognition for serving their constituents, their people and to all the populace of Mindanao in general.

The 3rd MGLEA was presented by Mindanao Daily News with Philippine Veterans Bank as its Co-Presenter. It was also ably supported by MDNN’s major sponsors, including Ayala Corporation, Centrio Mall, BPI , STEAG, NGCP, DSWD, and CEPALCO.

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Joel Escol
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Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist in the Philippines for more than 20 years. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of Mindanao Daily News, the biggest and most-widely read newspaper in Southern Philippines. He is also known as Noypi Vlogger in Youtube. You can follow him on the following social networking sites below.
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