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Book publisher wins gold, platinum 2 years in a row at 55th Anvil Awards

Manila Bulletin online head on Platinum Anvil-winning team; MB wins gold for ‘Hatch’ art program

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By MB Online

In a rare feat, one company has won a gold and platinum award for two consecutive years at the 55th Anvil Awards held at the Manila Hotel on Feb. 28.

Media Wise and MJC teams with their Platinum and Gold Anvil awards. From PRSP: extreme left, Jones Campos; extreme right, Andy Saracho. From Media Wise: 2nd from left, Rey Albert Fuentes; 3rd from left, Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz; 5th from left, Dr. Jenny Ortuoste; 3rd from right, Achilles Mina. Others, L-R, from MJC: Carlos Tan, Atty. Christmas Joy Astronomo, Atty. Alfonso "King" Reyno III, Atty. Ferdinand Domingo, Candice Lima, and Atty. Peter Zagala.

Media Wise and MJC teams with their Platinum and Gold Anvil awards.
From PRSP: extreme left, Jones Campos; extreme right, Andy Saracho.
From Media Wise: 2nd from left, Rey Albert Fuentes; 3rd from left, Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz; 5th from left, Dr. Jenny Ortuoste; 3rd from right, Achilles Mina.
Others, L-R, from MJC: Carlos Tan, Atty. Christmas Joy Astronomo, Atty. Alfonso “King” Reyno III, Atty. Ferdinand Domingo, Candice Lima, and Atty. Peter Zagala.

Media Wise Communications / Muse Books won Gold and Platinum Anvil Awards this year for the coffee-table book “The Manila Jockey Club: The Front Runner” that they produced for Manila Jockey Club, Inc.’s 150th anniversary.

The Platinum Anvil, the rarest and most coveted of the Anvils, is given only to the best of the year’s Gold Anvil awardees. Normally, only one or two are given by the awards body per year out of hundreds of entries.

Manila Jockey Club President Alfonso Reyno III and Media Wise president Ramoncito Cruz, together with their respective teams, received the gold and platinum trophies at this year’s Anvil awarding ceremonies.

Media Wise also won gold and platinum last year for their multi-award-winning coffee table book “On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration.”

“The Front Runner” chronicles the evolution of horse racing in the Philippines, as embodied in the 150-year history of the Manila Jockey Club. It celebrates a century and a half of local horseracing history, nostalgia, and excitement.

MB online editor on Platinum-winning team

Manila Bulletin online editor Dr. Jenny Ortuoste contributed three essays for the book. A long-time denizen of the horseracing industry, she wrote about the history of the racetrack, the club, and its icons.

A Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature winner for essay and a five-time winner of the Nick Joaquin Literary Award for short fiction, Dr. Ortuoste was also recently appointed acting head of the Manila Bulletin’s Online Section.

The Anvil Awards

The Anvil Awards are given annually by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) to the best public-relations programs and individual practitioners of the year.

Media Wise’s The Front Runner bagged the Platinum Anvil in the PR Tools Publications category. Although a boutique publication house, Media Wise has won many awards in PR and publications from various prestigious award-giving bodies locally and abroad.

MB gets gold for ‘Hatch’

Meanwhile, Manila Bulletin received a Gold Anvil award for their art program “Hatch” under the category of Public Relations Program on a Sustained Basis – Arts and Culture/Heritage/Tourism. Hatch features the works of artists using acrylic eggs as the canvas for their creativity. The program was launched in 2017 to celebrate Easter Sunday.

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