Fast Times, the motoring section of The Manila Times, won the Best Automotive Broadsheet award, its fourth in a span of five years, during the 15th Henry Ford Awards (HFA) held on January 12, 2016 at the Shooting Gallery Studio in Makati.
The annual HFA is the country’s sole award-giving body that honors and recognizes motoring-media practitioners and publications that strengthen public awareness of the Philippine motoring industry. The Best Automotive Broadsheet title, one of among 14 HFA categories, is awarded based on content, relevance, consistency and layout quality, with all national automotive broadsheets automatically nominated for the award.
This year, Ford recognized 14 awardees who vied for nine regular categories and five special categories. For 2015, total of 230 entries were submitted by automotive and non-automotive journalists, the highest ever for the HFA.
“Our annual Henry Ford Awards does not only set the caliber for our media friends to hone their craft, but also builds an esteemed standard of recognition that honors honest, credible and professional journalists who have helped shape the motoring industry to what it is today,” said Joseph Ayllón, assistant vice president for Communications, Ford Philippines.
This year’s winners are Jason dela Cruz of Top Gear Philippines for Automotive Print Feature, Vernon Sarne of TopGear.com.ph for Automotive Column, Paulo Rafael Subido of TopGear.com.ph for Automotive Online Feature, and James Deakin of JamesDeakin.ph for Automotive Blog.
Bagging the Green and Smart Technology Feature category is Mariano Jose Tamayo of Top Gear Philippines, Augustus Paiso, Jr. of GRID Magazine for Automotive Lifestyle Feature, Real Gerard Alcober of Turbo Zone for Automotive Video Feature, Jerel Fajardo of C! Magazine for Published Photograph, and Vince Pornelos of AutoIndustriya.com for Automotive Road Safety Feature.
Claiming the Ford special categories are Brian Afuang of BusinessWorld for Ford Automotive Feature, Ma. Theresa Andolong of BusinessMirror for Ford Go Further Feature, John Raymond Darilag of Top Gear Philippines for Ford Published Photograph and Ulysses Ang of Wheels TV and the Philippine Star for Ford Automotive Video Feature.
Fast Times, the motoring section of The Manila Times, claimed top honors as it was hailed Best Automotive Broadsheet for 2015. All national broadsheet automotive sections were automatically included in the competition and judged on content, relevance, consistency and layout quality.