CBCP to help fight fake news via Catholic Social Media Awards

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2019 07:29 PM

MANILA - An organization linked to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is eyeing to award parishes and individuals who have been pushing for "inspiring" and "authentic" online content, "in an effort to stand against disinformation."

The Catholic Social Media Awards was "designed to motivate, encourage everybody to deliver content" that counters "organized disinformation," CBCP media office director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III said in a press conference.

"The prevailing social media landscape is effectively reversing the age-old Filipino cultural value of sincerity and decency," he said in a separate statement.

Among the awards to be given during in the 4th Catholic Social Media Awards are the following:

- Best Parish Facebook Page
- Best Catholic Organization Facebook Page
- Best Facebook Public Group
- Best Diocesan Website
- Best Parish Website

- Best Catholic Org Website
- Best Catholic Blog
- Best Catholic Vlog
- Best Twitter Account
- Best Instagram Account

- Catholic Song of the Year
- Male Social Media Influencer
- Female Social Media Influencer

The public can nominate from August 22 to October 6 through the Catholic Social Media Awards' website.

Nominees will be ranked based on their content's uniqueness and relevance, as well as their page's responsiveness and engagement rates, according to the criteria posted on the award-giving body's website.

"Kulang ang Catholic Church sa pagshe-share kung ano ang ginagawa natin," said Christine Paguirigan, secretary-general of YouthPinoy, which is helping organize the awards.

"This can be an avenue kung ano yung mga ginagawang trainings [ng mga parish and communities], and how we can learn from each other," she said.

The awards ceremony is set on November 16.