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These Filipinas Shine as Pulitzer Prize Finalists in Journalism

(L to R) Hannah Reyes Morales, Nicole Dungca, and Ren Galeno put the spotlight on Filipinos in journalism at the Pulitzer Prizes in New York. Photos from The Pulitzer Prizes and Nobel Peace Center websites.

Three Filipinas were named finalists in this year’s prestigious Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and the arts, the highest recognition a United States-based journalist or organization can receive.

Investigative reporter Nicole Dungca, visual artist Ren Galeno, and photographer Hannah Reyes Morales were among the distinguished individuals honored at the annual Pulitzer Prizes, administered by Columbia University in New York, USA, on May 6, 2024 (May 7 PhST).

Dungca, Galeno, and Morales were among the 3 finalists for each of the 23 categories in journalism, literature, drama, and music. Their outstanding contributions were recognized from over 1,200 entries, showcasing excellence and a commitment to the highest standards of integrity and storytelling.

Story of Filipinos in the 1904 World’s Fair

The narrative of Filipino heritage and historical injustice was powerfully represented by Nicole Dungca and Ren Galeno in their nominated work, “Searching for Maura,” published by The Washington Post.

Their illustrated reporting and commentary shed light on the story of Filipinos unjustly exhibited at the 1904 World’s Fair, revealing uncomfortable truths about a dark chapter in history.

According to the Pulitzer Prizes, Dungca and Galeno’s work was commended “for masterful and sensitive use of the comic form to reveal the story of a great injustice to a group of Filipinos exhibited at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, where some of them died.”

Images of “Youthquake” in Africa

Photographer Hannah Reyes Morales captivated audiences with her compelling series of images featured in The New York Times story, “How the Youth Boom in Africa Will Change the World.”

Her nomination in Feature Photography highlighted her creative documentation of the ‘youthquake’ sweeping across Africa, offering a glimpse into the continent’s future where it will host a significant portion of the world’s population and young people.

Morales, known for her impactful storytelling through photography, continues to garner recognition for her work. Having previously exhibited images of Maria Ressa, the first Filipino Nobel laureate, at the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition in 2021, she has also been honored with prestigious awards including the 2023 World Press Photo Award.

This year’s Pulitzer Prize finalists join a distinguished list of Filipinos and Filipino Americans including Carlos P. Romulo and Manny Mogato who have been honored for their contributions to journalism and the arts, further cementing their legacy on the global stage.

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Angie Quadra-Balibay
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