ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. (API) received a total of five Asian Publishing awards in rites held last July 12 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manila.
API won for “Best Feature on Cars” and “Best Feature on Wine Tasting”, both for Vault magazine; for “Best Feature on Interior Design” for Metro Home magazine and “Best Feature on Asian Fashion” for Metro magazine. In the book category, Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir was awarded for “Best Insights into Asian Societies.”
According to the Asian Publishing Conference Committee, the awards organizers, there were 171 entries from Asia. API joined winners from eight countries, which included three others from the Philippines.
“We are proud of this achievement, knowing that our locally developed magazines can compete and win against many franchised global brands. I thank God and the great people I worked with for excelling in their respective categories. I also want to thank the Asian Publishing Conference Committee for the recognition that they’ve given us,” said Ernie Lopez, President of API.
“There has never been a more competitive and transformative period in history of magazine media. Audiences are segmenting rapidly, and there are over 500 magazines sold on a typical bookstore, with many more alternatives on digital storefronts. It is therefore heartening to see Philippine publications and our brands competing in terms of quality at an international level,” added Mark Yambot, Managing Director of API.
This is the second year in a row for Vault magazine to be recognized for editorial excellence. A high-end men’s lifestyle magazine, Vault magazine also won the “Best New Magazine” and “Best Cover Design” in APA for 2012. “Our fine wines and motoring sections are particularly popular for their depth, detail, insider knowledge and visual attractiveness. We are proud to be cited two years in a row for excellence in lifestyle journalism,” said David Celdran, Editor-in-Chief of Vault.
Shot in Milo Naval’s house in Sorsogon, Metro Home’s winning feature showcased Philippine ingenuity through the tropical and modernist design of the established interior and furniture designer.
Metro’s winning entry was an Iza Calzado photo shoot in Barcelona which showcased creations from top and aspiring Filipino designers. This is also the second win for the magazine whose iPad edition was awarded in 2011 for “Best in Tablet Platform.”
Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir was one of the Philippines’ best-selling books of 2012.
ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. (API) is a subsidiary of media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. API is the leading provider of Philippine developed magazine brands with 13 homegrown titles such as StarStudio, The Buzz, Working Mom, Food, Chalk, and the Kris Aquino Magazine.