The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde swept a total of 37 distinctions at the 9th Philippine Student Quill Awards, the student arm of the prestigious Philippine Quill Awards.
Themed MOVE: Stronger Together, this year’s Quill Awards by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines once again granted its seal of approval to the creative programs and pieces of professionals and students across the country. These entries showcased the exceptional use of communication in achieving business goals and making a difference in the society.
Out of over 800 entries, the highest in Quill history, IABC’s panel of esteemed industry experts and leaders determined the standout works and campaigns subjected to the global standards in the divisions of Communication Management, Communication Research, Communication Training and Education and Communication Skills and its sub-categories.
The Benildean Press Corps (BPC), the official student-journalists’ organization of Benilde; and Ad Astra, the sole student organization tasked to produce the college’s official yearbook, dominated the winning Benildean representative outputs.
BPC triumphed with multiple awards under the Writing category with Ralph Regis’ A conversation with LGBTQIA+ filmmakers on queer representation and Loud and proud: I am part of the LGBTQIA+ Pride, Stefani Tacugue’s Araw ng mga Karapatang Pantao: Ang mga mata ng hustisya, and Emmanuel Anthony Rosana’s Kwentong Pang-Upuan: Bakas.
Joining them are COVIDCOMMS 2021: Mom’s Space Suit by Isabel Adolor, COVIDCOMMS 2021: On the precipice of doom: Philippine art holds its ground by Casey Delvo and COVIDCOMMS 2021: At the forefront: Different faces, innumerable sacrifices by Jella Gonzaga.
Gonzaga likewise swept accolades under the Publications division with Shades of Gray: Four Corners and Shades of Gray: Epilogue. Also included are fellow BPC members Niña Cudal for Dekunstrukt: Relive and Dekunstrukt: Shifted, Beatrice Quirante for The Benildean: Confined and The Benildean: Restored, and Chenelle Navidad for The Benildean: Translate.
Ad Astra’s Franco Babasa and Grant Franzuela also made it with EMBARK Vol. 6 and Freedom’s Semantic Change: A Cultural Reset, respectively. Jofamil Sevilleno from the Cultural Promotions Team of Benilde Culture and Arts Unit joined them with Backstage Vol. 6.
BPC likewise reigned in the Audio/Visual bracket with COVIDCOMMS 2021: Karilyon Visual Poetry, World Press Freedom Day 2021, and Independence Day 2021 by Anne Valmeo; COVIDCOMMS 2021: Kinabukasan by Hannah Barredo; and Kwentong Pang-Upuan: Bakas by Kurt Lucas. Danize Marie Lukban from Ad Astra made it with While You’re Finally Here: An Open Letter To Graduates.
The two student organizations also earned several recognitions under Social Media. BPC representatives once again includes Gonzaga for On the Fifth and IntoStory, Navidad for Unravel, Dylan Kirsten Melencion for Debunked, and Francis Gatuslao for StoryLines.
For Ad Astra, IABC recognized Merry Monday – Paubaya by Bernice Arcangel, #TakeItFromUs: At Home Edition by Darren Harina, Our Stories by Danize Marie Lukban, and Taft Times by Monique Veneracion.
The promising communicators also succeeded in Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication with BPC’s Quirante’s #BPCTheChallenge Recruitment Campaign and Ad Astra’s Marge Robang’s EMBARK Vol. 6.
Other Benildean student-artists who bagged Quill Awards include Benilde Culture and Arts Unit-Cultural Promotions Team member Creesian Skeen Villaruel for Mamulat at Kumilos under Digital Communication/Communication for the Web.
For the Special and Experiential Events section, the college has Paulette Constantino and Daniella Gaytano for Benilde Pride 2021 and Mabayang Liston: HIV Awareness Webinar, respectively.
The top distinctions per category and the “School of the Year” title will be announced during the virtual awarding ceremony this July 2022.