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Aklan execs hail Aquino’s backing of 2011 Boracay global media summit

MANILA, Nov. 27 — Aklan’s local officials have hailed President Benigno Aquino III’s backing of two landmark media events the world-renowned tourist island resort of Boracay will host, come Dec. 8-10.

In separate statements, Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez and Mayor John P. Yap of Malay town, of which Boracay is part, said Aquino’s pledge of support underscored the importance his government attaches to press freedom as a cornerstone of democracy.

In an unprecedented fashion, the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) has taken the lead in organizing and launching the country’s first-ever 2011 Global Media Forum (GMF).

The GMF, expected to draw 300-500 local and foreign media delegates, will be simultaneously held with the 16th National Press Congress of PAPI headed by veteran journalist Juan P. Dayang.

Backed by the Boracay Global Press Corps (BGPC) and the Boracay Foundation, Inc. (BFI), the three-day media assembly will focus on the working theme “The Changing Face of the Asian Media.”

In his message to the events’ organizers, Aquino said the media summit is a welcome event as it promotes unity and camaraderie among members of the working press, while acquiring knowledge that enhances professionalism and uncompromising dedication to uphold press freedom.

“More than a social gathering, this year’s congress centers on educating the participants on the latest global trends, methods, and practices,” Aquino said.

Governor Marquez lauded the staging of the media assembly in Boracay, saying it echoes the organizers’ forward-looking stance as a pro-active agent of change.

Asean Biztimes publisher and chief editor Louie T. Arriola will preside over the proceedings as convention chairman.

Both events have already drawn advanced notices of participation, especially from media practitioners across key global capitals.

They include members of the International Federation of Journalists in Belgium, Asian Media Information Center in Singapore, World Association of Newspapers based in Austria, Global Editors Network in Spain and the Australian Publishers Association and Society of Publishers in Australia.

“As we strive to build tourism-linked infrastructures in Aklan, it’s deeply gratifying to note the complementary and harmonizing role media plays in its unifying pursuit of common goals,” Marquez said. He added the twin events will not only catapult Boracay into the highly competitive global arena of tourism, but will also induce a global mass media networking.

Mayor Yap said media’s presence in Boracay will lend credence to collective efforts to put Boracay on the global map, not only as a key tourist destination, but also to showcase the Filipinos’ hospitality. (PNA) RMA/PR/rsm

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