Atom Araullo’s Tiempo Muerto highlights the hardship of Filipino farmers in their preparation to the plantation’s dead season. Credits to GMA Network

Award-winning Filipino broadcast journalist Atom Araullo has been named as finalist in this year’s Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA) Awards for Editorial Excellence.

Araullo, who recently led the GMA Kapuso Network medal haul in the New York Festivals, has been included in the shortlist for the SOPA Awards for Excellence in Feature Writing for his piece “Tiempo Muerto: Hope Springs in the Season of Death.”

“Tiempo Muerto,” Araullo’s GMA News Online feature story which as adapted from his I-Witness documentary, tells the story of struggle of landless farmers in sugar plantations in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Translated as “season of death,” Tiempo Muerto highlights the hardship of Filipino farmers in their preparation to the plantation’s dead season – the time when farmers stop from working in the fields for months and wait for the harvest season. In this period, farmers greatly struggle to support their families’ needs.

Atom Araullo put into the light the situation of Filipino farm workers who, until now,remain as the poorest and the most vulnerable members of society.

The way Araullo presented the story earned him a slot as a finalist in the SOPA Awards hosted by Society of Publishers in Asia, a non-profit organization established in 1982 that aims “to champion freedom of the press, promote excellence in journalism and endorse best practices for all local and regional publishing platforms in the Asia Pacific region.”

Watch Atom Araullo’s I-Witness report “Tiempo Muerto” here and tell us what you think about the plight of Filipino farmers in the comments below:

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