SM SUPER Media Awards Salute Press Coverage of Yolanda

SM Foundation Member of Board of Trustees Felicidad Sy, SM Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson, and TV host Kris Aquino join the awardees of the SUPER Media Awards

(21 May 2014. Pasay City, Philippines) SM Foundation, Inc. honored the extraordinary efforts of the men and women of media who risked their lives to tell stories in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan).   

SM’s S.U.P.E.R (Salute to Unparalleled People, Endeavors and Resources) Media Awards, held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on May 19, 2014, honored the media’s acts of bravery, for risking all amid extreme circumstances to keep the public informed and updated about the imminent arrival of Typhoon Yolanda so those in its path can prepare and evacuate when necessary as well as share their experiences and relay to the public the unprecedented strength of the typhoon. 

The Awards also recognized journalists who covered Typhoon Yolanda during landfall, in areas where the typhoon was at its strongest signals 3 and 4.

“This year, we recognize and honor the bravery of the representatives of the Philippine and International media who have placed their lives on the line at the height of super typhoon Yolanda. Their efforts led to a massive response of disaster relief and rehabilitation, saving lives and easing the pain of many survivors,” SM Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson said. 

The Awardees were:


  • Ranulfo Docdocan
  • Glenn Paraiso (Cameraman)

GMA 6 Iloilo

  • Joecel Huesca
  • Melvin Garvilles

GMA 7 Cebu

  • Greggy Magdadaro
  • Teodorico Solon Jr. 

DYBR Apple Radio 711

  • Lorelie “Lottie” Salarda

DYBR Radio Station

  • Vicky M. Jornales


  • Jazmin Bonifacio


  • Jimmy Angay Angay

LSDE (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

  • Joey Gabieta


  • Atom Araullo
  • Cris Panlubasan (Cameraman)
  • August Pineda (Cameraman)
  • Julie Anne Cruz
  • Rowen Ruedas
  • Edgar Celis
  • Renato Balanza
  • Anselmo Aguilar
  • Ferdinand Trance


  • Ted Failon
  • Bernie Tibudan (Cameraman)
  • Bert Apostol (Producer)
  • Ferdie Dugay (Producer) 
  • Irish Vidal (Producer)


  • Benjie Dorango
  • Lorefel Agiad II (Cameraman)
  • Alfredo Patriarca (Cameraman)


  • Erwin Tulfo
  • Jerico Javier (News Crew)
  • Levi Duriano (Cameraman)

GMA Network Inc

  • Love Anover
  • Suzette Dela Cruz-Pinpin (Producer)
  • Ricson Bactad (Cameraman)
  • Dennis Mariano (Asst. Cameraman)

GMA News TV Quick Response Team

  • Jiggy Manicad
  • Karim “Ding” Lagoyo (Video journalist)
  • Winston Lucas (Asst. Video journalist)

GMA Network Inc.

  • Micaela Papa
  • Art Serrano
  • Marlon N. Espiridion (asst. cameraman)

Solar News Channel

  • David Santos
  • Alvin Villafranco (Cameraman)
  • Harold Paras (Asst. Cameraman)

Manila Bulletin

  • Tara Yap

Philippine Daily Inquirer

  • DJ Yap
  • Nino Orbeta (Photographer)

Philippine Star

  • Lelaine Jimenea

Al Jazeera

  • Jamela Alindogan
  • Karsten Sondergaard (Cameraman)


  • Andrew Stevens
  • Tim Schwartz (Producer) 
  • Brad Olsen (Cameraman)

DYVL Radio Station

  • Francisca Custodio

Posthumous awards were also given to three members of the media who passed away while on active duty when Yolanda made landfall. They are Archi Globio of DYBR Tacloban, Ronald Vinas and Allan Medino of DYVL Tacloban. Their families received on their behalf, a special endowment worth PHP 200,000.

Left Photo: Chyrine Medino, widow of DYVL Tacloban’s Allan Medino, and Girlie Globio, widow of DYBR Tacloban’s Archi Globio with her children receive a special endowment from SM

Right Photo: Chyrine Medino, widow of DYVL Tacloban’s Allan Medino with SM Foundation Executive Director Debbie Sy 

TV host Kris Aquino and SM Foundation Member of the Board of Trustees Felicidad Sy graced the event by opening a photo exhibit of works by photojournalists depicting messages of resilience, courage, and hope.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014